Calvin Klein is an American fashion label, founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his good friend, Barry K. Schwartz. The brand started out with a single coat shop in New York, focusing on a youthful and understated aesthetic, which Calvin Klein has held on to to this day. Quickly, the label gained recognition, and just a year after the opening of their first store, Calvin Klein designs graced the cover of American Vogue. Throughout the 1970’s, the brand expanded their collections, adding their famous lines of underwear and jeans, which were instantly successful. With provocative and controversial ad campaigns, the brand continued to grow and is now seen as one of America’s most iconic fashion brands of all time. In 2003, Calvin Klein was acquired by the PVH group, and Tim Coppens is the current consultant design director.
With much expansion since its beginning in outerwear, Calvin Klein now produces menswear, womenswear, underwear, bags, accessories, shoes and fragrance. The overall Calvin Klein aesthetic embodies an all-American style with bold logos, an extensive denim collection and easy sweatshirts. The style is minimalist and modern, with a simple design that is stylish and effortless. Their collections are largely street-inspired, with a contemporary feel. The brand is known for its underwear with the iconic logo waistband which is recognised worldwide, and has been adapted to feature on other pieces such as irresistibly soft loungewear. Largely casual, Calvin Klein pieces provide elevated essentials that can be worn from year to year. Their Americana style has a timeless appeal, and continues to be a firm favourite with new generations time and time again. The brand offers everything from underwear sets and sportswear to jackets and trainers for both men and women.
Calvin Klein has stores across the world, from New York to London to Shanghai. Their collections can also be found widely online, through their own site, as well as through retailers such as Farfetch, Selfridges and House of Fraser.