Calvin Klein

  • Birth

    Calvin Klein was born in the Bronx, New York
  • Fashion Institute of Technology

    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Calvin Klein attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology from 1959 to 1962.
  • First Marriage

    First Marriage
    In 1964, Klein married Jayne Centre, with whom he had a daughter, Marci. The two were divorced in 1974.
  • First Company

    First Company
    Created Calvin Klein Inc. with Barry Schwartz. Swartz handled the business end of things while Klein did the designing.
  • Sportswear

    From the late 60s to the early 70s, Klein sold a successful line of womens' sportswear and soon started to expand into all sorts of womens' apparel.
  • Coty Award

    Coty Award
    Became the youngest designer to win the Coty Award. 1973, 1974, 1975
  • Daghter's Kidnapping

    Daghter's Kidnapping
    Klein's daughter, Marci was kidnapped for a $100,000 ransom. The kidnappers were arrested.
  • Perfume

    Late 80s: Klein releases fragrances "Obsession" and "Eternity"
  • Designer Jeans

    Designer Jeans
    In the 1980s, Klein introduced his line of designer jeans with Brooke Sheilds as the spokesmodel.
  • Designer Underwear?

    Designer Underwear?
    Klein takes over underwear market by making designer boxers and breifs.
  • Council of Fashion Designers

    Council of Fashion Designers
    Was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for both his mens and his womens lines.
  • cK

    Early 1990s: Klein starts a line of more affordable apparel under the name cK.
  • Home Decor

    Home Decor
    1990s: Klein breaks into the home decor market and is successful
  • Modeling Scandle

    Modeling Scandle
    Faced critisism for his sexually suggestive add campaigns.
  • Van Heusen

    Van Heusen
    Phillips Van Heusen bought the company. Before this, Calvin Klein and Barry Schwartz had been the sole owners.