Win A Valentine’s Getaway In Miami!

Perry Ellis International celebrates 50 years of fashion with a “Makeover In Miami” Valentine’s giveaway, worth $4,950.00!

There are three days left until the deadline to enter this excellent free giveaway. (Expires at midnight on Saturday, Jan. 20). This great trip giveaway features air and hotel for two lovebirds during Valentine’s month, plus a new wardrobe spending spree, fashion, hair, & makeup makeover, and glam photo shoot makeover at the Miami studios of Perry Ellis International. (And there is no purchase of merch necessary.) Enter here for a fun chance at Miami romance!

The global fashion house said, “Our 50th anniversary is all about giving back to our customers and to the communities who contribute to the success of our fifty-year legacy.” CEO Oscar Fendenkreis explained “Our commitment is to helping those are among the most in need. Perry Ellis International will match donations up to $50,000 for disaster relief in partnership with United Way’s Operation Helping Hands.”

The philanthropic campaign is “continually helping to rebuild lives in communities impacted by recent natural disasters, including children and families who still need assistance now more than ever.” The company felt that the government should be doing more for disaster areas such as Puerto Rico, but since they aren’t, decided to take matters into their hands and build continued awareness that people in these areas still need help.

The iconic brand includes Perry Ellis, Original Penquin, Laundry By Shellie Segal, Peony & Me, Jantzen, and John Henry. The company was founded by designer Perry Ellis, who was a 7th Avenue fashion sensation in the 1980’s with his “non-traditional, modern classics.” He won eight Coty Awards before succumbing to HIV/AIDS in 1986 during the AIDS epidemic in Manhattan at age 46.

In 1981, Ellis began a relationship with attorney Laughlin Barker Later that year, Ellis appointed Barker the President of the licensing division of Perry Ellis International. They remained together until Barker’s death in January 1986.[9]

Ahead of his time in the alternative family planning department, in 1984 Ellis and his long-time friend television producer and writer Barbara Gallagher conceived a child together via artificial insemination. Their daughter, Tyler Alexandra Gallagher Ellis, was born in November 1984. Ellis bought a home for Gallagher and their daughter in Brentwood, Los Angeles, and would visit frequently. In 2011, Tyler released her first line of handbags using the name Tyler Alexandra.[10]

The fashion company he founded was sold in 1999 in Miami and went on to makes millions. And now they are giving some of it back.

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ and Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.