Large-scale apparel group Perry Ellis International Inc has signed a deal with children's apparel maker Weeplay LLC to extend the Original Penguin brand to newborn, infant and toddler sizes.

Weeplay LLC will produce sportswear and outerwear in the new sizes, including denim pants, sweaters, skirts, dresses and blouses and a variety of jackets.

Chris Kolbe, vice president of Original Penguin, said: "The early success of our children's launch with Weeplay has created this opportunity for infant and toddler."

The new product lines will be launched for the spring 2006 selling season in better department and specialty stores.

Perry Ellis International Inc is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories, and fragrances.

Weeplay LLC makes licensed, top-of-the-line children's apparel.