Perry Ellis was one of the first American designers to take a different approach to fashion, an approach that clothing and design should be functional and fun.
From his first clothing line in 1976 to starting his own brand, Perry Ellis International, in 1978, Ellis innovated the fashion industry with wit and fun, creating a style that became known as non-traditional and modern classic.
In 1985, Ellis' first perfumes came to the market, Perry Ellis for Women and Perry Ellis for Men. The brand carries 41 different scents and the newest, Perry Ellis Cobalt, was released in 2014.
Throughout his life, Ellis won multiple awards, including eight Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards and the 1982 Council of Fashion Designers of America's Designer of the Year award.