Perry Ellis International, Inc. (PEI), has announced an expanded and strategic licensing partnership with ACI International, a renowned footwear manufacturer and marketer operating in the United States and Canada. This extended collaboration aims to focus on the Men’s and Boys’ footwear collections under the Original Penguin brand, building upon PEI’s longstanding 16-year relationship with its current Perry Ellis footwear manufacturer.
The partnership seeks to combine classic Original Penguin designs with innovative concepts that encapsulate an elevated yet enduring American essence. Additionally, the collection will introduce a performance tennis and pickleball line of footwear, catering to sports enthusiasts seeking both style and functionality.
Anticipated to launch in Fall 2024, the new Original Penguin footwear collection will be available at major department stores, leading footwear chains, sporting goods outlets, and e-commerce platforms across the United States and Canada.
Oscar Feldenkreis, President and CEO of Perry Ellis International Inc., expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, «Our collaboration with ACI International signifies a significant step in expanding the Original Penguin brand with a leader in the footwear category. We look forward to growing this classic American brand while offering our customers an exciting range of options.»
With over 40 years of industry experience, ACI International is well-regarded for its commitment to design, development, sourcing, and customer service, boasting a diverse portfolio of brands that cater to individuals of all ages and styles.
Lance Jackson, a representative of ACI International, added, «We could not be more excited to be working with the team from Perry