Calvin Klein Essay

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Neera Bann
Professor Hamilton
FSHD 1311
October, 7th 2012

Calvin Klein
An American Designer
By
Neera Bann

Calvin Richard Klein was born and raised in New York City's borough of the Bronx. He decided he wanted to be a fashion designer at an early age, most probably as a result of the influence of his grandmother. Leo and Flora Klein were his parents. They both worked in the grocery business. Flora’s mother, Molly Stern was an accomplished seamstress. She operated a notions shop and tailoring business where Calvin spent a lot of time as a child. (Marsh) Calvin attended P.S 80, a public school that a lot of other famous people attended including Penny and Gary Marshall and Ralph Lauren. (Marsh) At P.S 80 he excelled in art
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The $430 million cash and stock deal also included royalty payments to Klein through 2018. Completed in February 2003, the acquisition marked a new era for the brand. For the first time, Klein did not have complete control over the products sold under his name, and his partner Schwartz had retired. (Int’l Directory)
Currently, Francisco Costa is the women’s creative director of Calvin Klein collection. He came to New York from Brazil in 1985 and spoke no English. He worked during the day and went to school at Hunters College, then FIT. He won the CFDA award for womenswear designer of the year in 2006. He took over creative leadership of Calvin Klein in 2004. (Vogue UK)
Calvin Klein’s charitable contributions include donating to the Calvin Klein Foundation. It has distributed nearly $200,000 to charities including the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York. He has also donated $2 million to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. This is the largest gift received to date from an FIT alumnus. Calvin Klein, Inc. now owned by Philip Van Heusen matched this donation by donating $1 million to FIT. The funds will support the college’s annual spring runway show, which showcases the capstone designs of students about to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Fashion Design. (bwf.com)

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