NEW YORK — “The ropa vieja is excellent,” George Feldenkreis said authoritatively to the packed room of investors, Perry Ellis employees and friends Tuesday night.

Ropa vieja, he said, is a classic Cuban dish of shredded beef and translates literally as old clothes.

“I’m surprised — I’ve never had Cuban food so good and authentic in New York,” said Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive officer of the Miami-based Perry Ellis International. “All day long has been a party.”

The morning started with Feldenkreis and his son, Oscar, who is chief operating officer, presiding over the market bell ringing at Nasdaq to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary of its initial public offering, as reported. The day also marked the 101st anniversary of Cuba’s independence from Spain, and being that Feldenkreis immigrated from Cuba in 1961, the party that night was held at the West Village Cuban eatery Isla.

The crowd was a mix of creative meets business, including Perry Ellis men’s wear designer Jerry Kaye; women’s wear designer Patrick Robinson; Dan Shamdasani, president of Public Clothing Co., which holds the license for Perry Ellis women’s, Elissa Bromer, president of Perry Ellis women’s wear; and Chris Kolbe, brand manager for Original Penguin, a PEI brand.

As traditional Cuban music of guaguanco played and mojitos passed through the room, Feldenkreis spoke about his company’s rise in the business world since its formation in 1967 as an importer of Latin Guayabera shirts to a multibranded diversified firm today, projected to do $600 million after the acquisition of Salant Corp. in June.

“I came to the U.S. as a Cuban refugee and being recognized today on Nasdaq is a great accomplishment. After the merger with Salant, we’ll employ about 1,300 people in design, sales and merchandising,” Feldenkreis said. “And even though we’re a Miami-based company, we’ll have about 90,000 square feet in New York — more than our 70,000 in Miami.”

Oscar Feldenkreis said the day meant a lot to the company and his family, both on a personal and business level.

“We always believe in our heritage and the great thing is you can make your own life here [in the U.S.] and your own destiny.”Meanwhile, the company posted results on Wednesday, and reported strong sales led to solid earnings growth in the first quarter. PEI posted a profit gain of 18.1 percent to $5.6 million, or 80 cents a diluted share, versus $4.8 million, or 75 cents, a year ago. Total revenues for the period rose 27.8 percent to $108.3 million from $84.7 million last year.

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