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Calvin Klein U.K.: The facts

Calvin Klein is a famous brand all around the globe. It is known for its jeans, fragrance and underwear. Here is a history of the brand.


Calvin Klein was founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein. It was originally a coat shop in New York. Their first collection consisted of a line of men’s and women’s coats. In 1971, sportswear, classic blazers and lingerie were added to Klein’s womenswear. The business had originally been started with $10,000, and by 1977, its annual revenues increased to $30 million. By this point, Calvin had licenses for scarves, shoes, belts, furs, sunglasses and sheets. The company later signed licenses for cosmetics, jeans and menswear. In 1978, Klein claimed sales for 200,000 pairs of jeans the first week that they were on the market. In the 1980s, the infamous ck boxer shorts were introduced. After years of financial issues, Calvin Klein was sold to Phillips Van Heusen Corp. Francisco Costa is currently the creative director for Calvin Klein Collection for women. Italo Zucchelli collaborated with Calvin Klein for six seasons before he became the head designer for the menswear collection. Kevin Carrigan is the creative director of the ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein brands.

Fragrances, stores and brands

Brands Calvin Klein is currently made up from Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Sport, Calvin Klein Jean, Calvin Klein Home, The Khaki Collection, Calvin Klein Golf, Calvin Klein Underwear, CK one Lifestyle brand and Calvin Klein Watches and Jewellery. Stores Calvin Klein Collection Calvin Klein Collection opened in the late 1990s in Paris, Seoul and Taipei. High end stores also opened in Hong Kong, Milan and Kuwait City. There is now only one Calvin Klein Collection store located in New York. Calvin Klein (white label) Speciality retail Calvin Klein stores opened in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Michigan, Florida and Costa Mesa California. Calvin Klein Jeans The Warnaco Group maintains Calvin Klein Jeans as well as other outlet stores in the US that carry the denim and casual collections. Many stores exist around the globe including, UK, Germany, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Egypt, Chile, Argentina, India, Australia and New Zealand. Calvin Klein Underwear Signature underwear boutiques can be found in Buenos Aires, Cardiff, Mexico City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Melbourne, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Frankfurt am Main, Toronot and Hatfield. Department Stores Many department stores stock Calvin Klein, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, John Lewis, Debenhams, KJ Beckett and Myer. Fragrances Calvin Klein has become famous for its fragrances amongst other things. The fragrances include Euphoria, CK In2U, Eternity and Obsession.

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