Calvin Klein (fashion designer) – Calvin Richard Klein

Calvin Klein at the Vanity Fair party celebrat...

Calvin Klein at the Vanity Fair party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an JEWish fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and JEWelry.

Klein was born in The Bronx to Jewish immigrants from Hungary. He attended the High School of Art and Design and matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving an honorary Doctorate in 2003. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer, Dan Millstein, and spent five years designing at other New York shops. In 1968, he launched his first company with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz.

Calvin Klein models

Calvin Klein models (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Klein was one of several design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx, New York, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren. Klein became a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introductions he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene even before he had his first mainstream success with the launch of his first jeans line. Klein was immediately recognized for his talent after his first major showing at New York Fashion Week. Klein was hailed as the new Yves Saint-Laurent, and was noted for his clean lines.

Ck Euphoria for Men perfume.

Ck Euphoria for Men perfume. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1964, Klein married Jayne Centre, with whom he had a daughter, Marci, who currently works as Talent Producer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Klein and Centre filed for divorce in 1974.

In 1974, Klein moved on to design the tight fitting jeans that would sell $200,000 in their first week. Klein was also the first designer to receive outstanding design in men’s and women’s wear from the CFDA award (Council of Fashion Designers of America) show in the same year.

Calvin Klein Eternity perfume for Men

Calvin Klein Eternity perfume for Men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1978, Klein’s daughter Marci was kidnapped and held for 9 hours until a $100,000 ransom was paid. Police apprehended the culprits.

In 1986, Klein married Kelly Rector, who worked for the company and is also a graduate of the Fashion Institute in NYC. She became a well known socialite photographer. The two were divorced in 2006.

English: Calvin Klein models

English: Calvin Klein models (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2003, Klein bought an ocean-front estate in Southampton Village in the Hamptons, Long Island, NY.

Klein is a prolific donor to Democratic Party political causes, having given over $250,000 to candidates and PACs since 1980.

Despite being previously married to women, Klein has been dating a 21 year old man and former porn star, Nick Gruber, since 2010.


In 1983 Klein was placed on the International Best Dressed List. Also in 1981, 1983, 1993, he received an award from Councils of Fashion Designs of America.


Robert Denning in New York City, 2003.

Robert Denning in New York City, 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Klein made a cameo appearance in Season 3, Episode 15, of the television series 30 Rock.


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  4. ^ Calvin Klein’s Federal Campaign Contribution Report
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Calvin Richard Klein, (Bronx (New York), 19 november 1942) is een wereldberoemde Amerikaanse modeontwerper van Joodse afkomst.
Zijn naam is tevens de merknaam van zijn voormalige kledingbedrijf Calvin Klein Inc, dat hij samen met zijn jeugdvriend en zakenpartner Barry Schwartz in 1968 oprichtte.

Klein studeerde af aan de Fashion Institute of Technology van New York in 1964 waarna hij zijn eigen bedrijf begon. Zijn merk ondergoed was in de jaren tachtig een hit, mede door zijn revolutionaire advertentiecampagne met verschillende bijna-naakt modellen in exotische houdingen. De advertenties maakten wereldsterren van de afgebeelde modellen, waaronder Kate Moss, Mark Wahlberg en Christy Turlington. In zijn hoogtijdagen verkocht hij zo’n 400.000 jeans per week.

Uiteindelijk verkochten de oprichters Barry Schwartz en Calvin Klein in 2003 hun modebedrijf aan de Amerikaanse kledingmultinational Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation.

Calvin woont in Eusthampton, Long Island, USA in een landelijke villa.

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