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Friday, 13 November 2015

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein was born to an immigrant Jewish family in The Bronx, New York on November 19, 1942. He is one of several design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren.

Klein matriculated at, but never graduated from, from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in 1962. He gained experience designing at other New York shops before launching the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968 with a childhood friend Barry K. Schwartz.

Calvin Klein By David Shankbone - Wikipedia Commons

At first Calvin Klein specialized in designing coats and suits, before expanding into sportswear in the mid-1970s.

Inn the late '70s Calvin Klein launched a designer jeans line, which broke down price barriers by offering a lower-priced line and became a status symbol. They spawned some racy commercials featuring teenage model Brooke Shields which were just the first in a line of controversial ads for their products.

Klein has left his mark with some industry firsts, including making utilitarian men's underwear sexy and the first unisex fragrance, CK One. He was also the first designer to make women’s underwear resembling men’s jockey shorts.

Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men is used by researchers to attract big cats to cameras in the wilderness. Tigers, jaguars and leopards in particular love the smell of the fragrance.

Clavin Klein sold his company in 2003 to Phillips Van Heusen, but he remains active in design direction.


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