Childhood & Early Life

Calvin Klein was born on November 19, 1942 in Bronx, New York. Ever since he was a child, he intently watched his grandmother who was a seamstress. As such, he soon developed a love for sewing. Klein spent hours sketching designs and sewing fashionable outfits. After school, he studied in Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and graduated in 1962.


Klein’s first step in the professional world of fashion came in 1962. as an apprentice worker for Dan Millstein in cloak and suit house. Meanwhile, he designed for other New York shops as well.

In 1968, he collaborated with , Barry Schwartz, to establish his own company, Calvin Klein. it was a coat shop.

By 1971, Calvin Klein Company had grown dramatically. The establishment traded not just in coats, but sportswear, classic blazers, and lingerie in its women’s collection.

From a modest start-up of $10,000, the company’s revenues escalated to $30 million by 1977. At that time, the company had licenses for scarves, shoes, belts, furs, sunglasses, sheets, cosmetics, jean, and menswear. Furthermore, the Klein Empire became one of the leading fashion labels.
By the early 1980s, his humble store had turned into a huge empire, with more than 12000 stores across six countries: Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
 In addition, the decades of 1990s were dominated by his highly popular perfume lines.

Awards & Achievements

Klein has been honored by various fashion councils from the world over.
He received an award from the Councils of Fashion Designs of America in 1981, 1983, and 1993.

In 1983; Klein was listed on the International Best Dressed List.
In 1996; he made it to the list of 25 most influential Americans.
In 2002; Calvin Klein sold his company, Calvin Klein Inc.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1964, Calvin Klein married Jayne Centre. They had a daughter; Marci. They divorced in 1974.

 In 1986, he married his assistant Kelly Rector. This union too wasn’t successful for long. The couple separated in 1996 and legally divorced in 2006.