Perry Ellis was born 3 March 1940 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B. A. degree in business administration. He received a M. A. in retailing from New York University. He worked for Miller & Rhoads, John Meyer of Norwich and the Vera Companies. He headed his own company and was noted for design of sportswear. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Perry Ellis.