Calvin Klein is a popular brand of women’s wear and men’s wear many people have come to associate with high quality clothes. What many people may not know is that there is a man responsible for the excellent line of clothes. Not to mention he even designs cosmetics, home collections, and fragrances.
In the Beginning
Calvin Klein was born on November 19, 1942 in Bronx, New York. He spent most of his childhood there, and was the second out of three children. His parents were Leo and Flo Stern. His family could afford to live a comfortable life and wanted for nothing. His grandmother had an influence over him, and helped him to develop a love for sewing. His mother in turn encouraged his passion for fashion and art.
This led Calvin to attend the High School of Art and Design. The school was focused around preparing its students for a career of drafting and advertising. As a young boy, Calvin enjoyed sewing, was always studying, and sketching fashion designs. His passion led him to the Fashion Institute of Technology where he graduated in 1962.
He began his career in the fashion industry as an apprentice in a suit and coat house in the Seventh Avenue in New York City. He spent long night, and often weekend just perfecting his designs. It was not until 1968 that him and his close friend, Barry Schwartz, created the Calvin Klein coat business. In a twist of fate, their first order came to them completely by accident. A coat buyer who worked for Bonwit Teller had accidentally stepped onto the wrong floor of the hotel. He wandered into the workroom Klein was in. She placed a massive order $50 thousand. Klein received favorable reviews and found support from store executives. Soon expanding his line of clothes to women’s sportswear too.
Calvin Klein has created his own clothesline, but he has also received three Coty Awards for women’s wear too. His business includes a range of home collections, clothing, cosmetics, and even fragrances.
Most Known For
Calvin Klein was originally known for his excellent coats, but over the years he’s become rather famous for his Calvin Klein collection for women and men. This includes CK jeans, CK sportswear for mean and women, along with countless other apparel as well. Perhaps one of his more famous brands are his line of excellent denim jeans people come to associate the brand with.
Current Personal Life
Calvin’s personal life is not one the media pays great attention too. His personal life has seen difficult at times though. He married a woman named Jayne Centre in 1964. They divorced in 1974 though. They did have one child, whom they named Marci. Later, Calvin married Kelly Rector in 1986, one of his design assistants.
Where Are They Now
The Calvin Klein brand is as strong as ever. The secret to his success being a design philosophy he has that has its roots in minimalism. He tends to use earth tones and neutral colors. Along with designs that can work in different ensembles. These designs can also be work night, day, and season to season. He has received criticism for his advertisements of fragrances and jeans. Still, Calvin Klein has seen success for his modern, clean lines when it comes to his clothes designs.
He’s one of the most successful clothing designers in America today. His popular casual clothing that is simple, but stylish is widely popular among many people. He has continued to be successful in the fashion world, and his brand will no doubt continue to be popular for many years to come.