Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein

  • Calvin Klein Inc. is an American fashion house founded by designer Calvin Richard Klein.



Early Life and Education

  • Calvin Klein was born in the Bronx, New York in November 1942
  • After attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, Klein matriculated at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • Klein did not graduate from this institution, but was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2003.
  • After completing a cloak and suit manufacturing apprenticeship in 1962, Klein immediately went into a five-year period of designing clothes for various New York store.
  • Seven years later he launched his first company in partnership with one of his childhood friends Barry K. Schwartz, an American businessman who is the owner of Thoroughbred.
  • Along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren, Klein was born and raised in a Jewish community.
  • Through securing good contacts in the fashion industry, Klein had already achieved a notable level of success even before the launch of his first line of denims.
  •  Through the quickly arising popularity of his designer underwear, fragrance and sportswear lines, Klein managed to establish his name as a top international luxury brand.
  • 1971, Calvin Klein Inc. expanded its product line to include sportswear, classic blazers and lingerie.



  • The company can be easily identified by the trademarked “cK” emblem.
  • Due to his notable use of clean lines and the uncomplicated silhouettes of his designs, Klein was immediately hailed as the new Yves Saint Laurent.
  • His signature Calvin Klein designer jeans are internationally known and sold over 200 000 pairs within a week of hitting the market.



Present Day

  • The company is currently owned by Phillips Van Heusen.
  • The Calvin Klein line of men’s and women’s boxer shorts has become one of the brand’s biggest sellers, grossing up to $70 million in a single year.
  • In addition to clothing, the Calvin Klein Inc. also sells perfumes, watches, and jewellery.
  • The various brand names housed under the Calvin Klein umbrella include the Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klei Sport, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Home, The Khaki Collection, Calvin Klein Golf, Calvin Klein Underwear, CK one Lifestyle brand and Calvin Klein Watches + Jewellery.



“I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s one reason I’m successful” – Calvin Klein


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