Cubavera Ventures Into Art World

Cubavera Ventures Into Art World



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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 18, 2003–Perry Ellis International Inc. (Nasdaq:PERY) is proud to sponsor Art Basel, one of the world’s most important annual art shows, to be held December 4-7, 2003 on Miami Beach. Event hosts will be wearing Cubavera(R)’s signature shirt, and the brand will find its logo featured in all 30,000 show guides.

For the past 34 years, the Art Basel Miami Beach cultural event has combined a contemporary art show with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events including music, film, architecture and design. An exclusive selection of 175 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia will exhibit 20th and 21st century art works by over 1,000 artists.

“Incorporating art as a medium allows visionary forms of fashion design and artistic expression to fuse,” said Lori Medici, vice president of marketing/communications for the Cubavera(R) brand. “This grassroots product integration opportunity will expose the Cubavera(R) brand to an international audience.”

Cubavera(R) also ventured into the art world through its collaboration with Cuban Pop artist Carlos A. Navarro. Navarro’s artwork will be featured on the upcoming Ocean Drive “Moda con Sabor Latino” invitation and event scheduled for 8:00 P.M. on December 12, 2003 at the Parrot Jungle in Miami. Navarro’s work will be highlighted in Burdines’ Dadeland holiday window display in conjunction with Cubavera(R) beginning November 22.

About Perry Ellis International Inc.

Perry Ellis International Inc. (PEI) is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s sportswear, including casual and dress casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear and swimwear to all levels of retail distribution. PEI, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns or licenses a portfolio of brands that includes 25 of the leading names in fashion such as Perry Ellis(R), Jantzen(R), Munsingwear(R), John Henry(R), Grand Slam(R), Natural Issue(R), Penguin Sport(R), Ping(R) golf apparel, the Havanera Co.(TM), Axis(R), and Tricots St. Raphael(R). Additional information

on PEI is available at http://www.pery.com.

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CONTACT:

Perry Ellis International, Inc., Miami

Lori Medici, 305/873-1209

Cubavera Ventures Into Art World