Perry Ellis International's Original Penguin(R) By Munsingwear(R) And Pepsi(R) Partner On Global

MIAMI, May 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Nasdaq:PERY) #BE AN ORIGINAL & #LIVEFORNOW – In a global first, Pepsi® and Original Penguin® have partnered together on the inaugural "Live for Now" Capsule Collection.

The pinnacle of the Pepsi " The Art of Football" program, the "Live for Now" collection brings to life vibrant artwork from six of the hottest street artists around the world: the UK's professional doodle bomber, Hattie Stewart; Argentinian urban artist, Jaz; Brazilian illustrator and street artist Ricardo AKN; Spanish-based visual artist Zosen; Merijn Hos, visual artist from the Netherlands and Argentinian street artist Ever.

The limited-edition Original Penguin x Pepsi "Live For Now" Capsule Collection consists of 23 styles, including various t-shirts, polo shirts, short sleeve wovens, jackets and swim trunks inspired by the artwork of these six world-renowned street artists.

"We are thrilled to be aligned with Pepsi on this new, original collection," said Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer at Perry Ellis International. "Original Penguin is heading in an exciting global direction and the collection is the perfect fusion of Pepsi's spirit of living in the now, and the growing aspiration of millennials to celebrate what makes them different and unique--it's a perfect partnerships that has allowed us, once again, to inspire consumers to 'Be An Original.'"

The capsule collection blends fashion and art with bold colors and graphic designs from around the world. Designs include solid t-shirts and iconic polo shirts featuring contrast breast pockets to all-over bold prints of each of the artists' designs. Statement jackets boast playful patterns and bright colors in striking blues and reds that offset the cool blue and white color palette of short sleeve chambray wovens. Swim trunks are offered in the signature Fixed Volley silhouette in four different prints, showcasing a diverse range in style, from Ever's teardrop shapes to Zosen's geometric triangular print.

"We were inspired by the link between the sport of football and the world of art, both places where passion leads to great acts of creativity. Motivated by our 2014 global football campaign, the 'Live for Now' Capsule Collection brings the best of art and football to life," said Kristin Patrick, Pepsi global chief marketing officer, PepsiCo Global Beverages Group. "Our first-of-its-kind art collection, 'The Art of Football,' was unveiled in a gallery, then spread across the streets of the world with our out-of-home campaign, and now as a collection that a young, style-savvy generation will covet. Pepsi has been a cultural icon for many years and today we celebrate the ability of our brand to find a new place in consumers' hearts and minds. The 'Live for Now' collection is both wearable and enviable, combining the best design with the joy of living in the now."

The Original Penguin x Pepsi "Live for Now" Capsule Collection will be available for purchase at select Original Penguin stores in North America, Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Panama and the Philippines. It will also be available on www.originalpenguin.com/livefornow and http://www.originalpenguin.co.uk/livefornow beginning Wednesday, May 21 st until items last. Retail partners for the capsule include Bloomingdale's in the United States, Liberty in the United Kingdom, BT2 a division of Brown Thomas in Ireland, El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico, and Colette in France.

For more information on Original Penguin and Pepsi's "Live for Now" Capsule Collection, visit www.pepsi.com/capsulecollection and follow the conversation online with #B E AN ORIGINAL & #LIVEFORNOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

About PEPSICO:

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

About Original Penguin ® by Munsingwear ®

In 1955, Minneapolis-based Munsingwear ®, an underwear and military supply company, ironically became the touchstone of suburban sport with the introduction of the first iconic golf shirt to America: an ORIGINAL PENGUIN ®. Known for its unique, humorous and detail-oriented clothing, Original Penguin offers a full range of men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories and fragrances. Original Penguin is present in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and the Philippines with over 1,250 points of sale, more than 75 Original Penguin stores worldwide and two dedicated e-commerce websites: www.originalpenguin.com and www.originalpenguin.co.uk.

About Perry Ellis International

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. The Company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, Jantzen®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, C&C California®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
  • Hattie StewartThe London-based artist / "professional doodler" is taking the creative world by storm with her quirky, youthful, comic book-esque magazine covers and shop fronts and recently announced a partnership with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
  • Ever – Nicolás Romerois an artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, famed for his portraits using both aerosol and brush-based techniques and influenced by Francis Bacon and Van Gogh.
  • Jaz – Franco Fasoli began his creative career in the streets as a graffiti writer. He is recognized as one of the first major writers to begin working in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid-90s, using graffiti as a way to express himself.
  • Merijn Hos – A Dutch illustrator and visual artist based in the Netherlands, Hos divides his time between working as a commercial illustrator and working on his personal projects, exhibitions and independent publishing.
  • Zosen – The Argentine visual artist was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Barcelona. His work has been featured in galleries and streets around the world. Zosen runs graffiti workshops in Barcelona and is a co-founder of streetwear label Animal Bandido.
  • Ricardo AKN – A Brazilian illustrator, photographer and street artist from São Paulo, inserting new concepts into urban art, AKN is a plastic artist, illustrator and muralist.
CONTACT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:         PepsiCo: Nicole Tronolone / Nicole.Tronolone@pepsico.com         Original Penguin: Patrick Jones / patrick@agentrypr.com

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