Perry Ellis was a popular fashion designer in the 1970s and 1980s before his untimely death in 1986. Born and educated in Virginia, Ellis initially entered the fashion world through the retail side.
The first Perry Ellis fragrances, Perry Ellis for Women and Perry Ellis for Men, debuted in 1985.
After the death of Ellis, a series of notable designers including Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford have worked for the company. The womenswear collection was dropped in 2003, but the comapny remains successful and notable today for its high-end menswear and fragrances.