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The Man Behind The Label

Calvin Klein

Influenced by his grandmother, who was a seamstress in the Bronx, and his mother’s love of style, Klein knew from a very early age that fashion and design were his passion. In his first runway show Calvin was immediately recognized as a rising star in the industry and was hailed as a young Yves Saint Laurent. Calvin Klein’s continued success has been based on his focus and his ability to stick with his own personal aesthetic. Today, Calvin Klein ads are instantly recognizable around the globe for their simple and consistent messaging. His body of work and his sizable success are a testament to the fact that sometimes, less truly is more.

27:30 | 2013

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About Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein studied fashion in New York City and apprenticed for a suit manufacturer. In 1968, he and Barry Schwartz opened their own company, with Schwartz running the business side of things and Klein responsible for design and artistic vision. The label was initially recognized for suits and coats, but Klein's sportswear line became popular as well. He received three Coty Awards for womenswear and the business eventually expanded to include menswear, jeans, cosmetics, fragrances and home collections. Having sold the company in 2003, Klein has also been the force behind model/celebrity-oriented ads that have become iconic parts of pop culture while simultaneously provoking much controversy and debate due to their provocative nature.

Visit his website https://www.calvinklein.us/en