Michael Miille takes the helm as Creative director of Perry Ellis and Original Penguin
Michael Miille. ©Photo: Michael Miille

Michael Miille takes the helm as Creative director of Perry Ellis and Original Penguin

Michael Miille joins Perry Ellis and Original Penguin as Creative director, promising fresh, innovative fashion while honoring the brands' rich heritage and diverse audience appeal.
January 24, 2024

Michael Miille, a renowned figure in the fashion industry, has been appointed as the new Creative director for two brands, Perry Ellis and Original Penguin.

With a career spanning such notable fashion giants as PVH Corp. and Ralph Lauren, Miille’s experience is undeniably rich. His tenure at PVH Corp. as Vice President of Design for Izod and Dress Furnishings and Senior Design Director for Dress Shirts has shaped his understanding of what contemporary style embodies. In addition, his work at Ralph Lauren, particularly with Purple Label sportswear, RLX, golf and athletic projects, has honed his ability to blend traditional style with modern aesthetics.

Miille’s journey in the fashion world also includes a significant stint at Kent & Curwen, adding to his diverse portfolio. For the past 20 months, he has been channeling his expertise into Tern Design, a freelance design and brand development venture. This diverse experience, encompassing various facets of the fashion industry, sets the stage for Miille’s new role at Perry Ellis and Original Penguin.

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Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO and President of Perry Ellis International, expressed confidence in Miille’s ability to connect with a diverse audience. “Michael’s passion for design and his ability to capture the essence of modern style align perfectly with the values and vision of Perry Ellis International,” said Feldenkreis.

Miille himself is excited about this new chapter. “I am honored to represent two iconic American brands with such rich heritage by setting trends and pushing boundaries,” he said. His vision for Perry Ellis and Original Penguin is not only to continue their legacy, but also to inject innovative ideas that will redefine men’s fashion.

Miille’s appointment comes at a time when Perry Ellis has been exploring new directions under several designers. In the past, designers such as Thomas Harvey and Michael Maccari have brought their unique visions to the brands. Harvey, known for his work with Theory, Aquascutum and Patrik Ervell, reimagined Original Penguin and then the Perry Ellis brand just two years ago. Maccari’s six-year tenure at Perry Ellis will end in 2019, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and innovation.

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