NEW YORK — Perry Ellis International wants to develop Jantzen into a resort, casual-lifestyle apparel brand to complement the swimwear line, launching in retail stores in 2005. The swimwear line is currently sold in May Co. stores, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and better specialty stores.

"We feel there are opportunities to develop the brand," said Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of the Miami-based PEI, after speaking at the Bear Stearns Retail, Restaurants & Apparel conference Wednesday. "We did a recent study with NPD and the results for Jantzen were extremely positive. It’s still the number-one brand in missy swimwear."

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