Letters to the Editor

Perry Ellis responds

I am writing regarding the Nov. 4 story, County may reconsider Perry Ellis lease at MIA, concerning allegations asserted against Perry Ellis International, Inc.

Perry Ellis International has always respected and valued diverse traditions, heritages, experiences and lifestyles. Naming our company after an openly gay designer was a conscious decision to forge our own path in this important endeavor.

We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion that is ingrained, not only in our corporate Code of Ethics, but our company’s values.

You don’t become one of the most successful fashion and apparel companies in the world by not building the best team of designers, merchandisers, and workforce possible, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or race.

In the fashion and apparel business, it is these diversities that make us excel. The accusations against our company are truly disheartening and we categorically deny the claims asserted.

We will defend the reputation of our company, and ensure that our corporate values, and those of our over 2,500 associates worldwide, are not tarnished.

We chose to locate our headquarters in Miami because we cherish and have thrived in this multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial community.

Miami-Dade County is our home, a community which we have deep appreciation for and in which we have established deep roots.

Oscar Feldenkreis, vice chairman, president & coo, Perry Ellis International,