Calvin Klein To Exit Collection Business Entirely; About 100 People Will Be Let Go From The New York & Milan Offices

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NEW YORK — The saga continues at Calvin Klein Inc.

This past February 2019, DM Fashion Book reported that the company’s Milan office might close. Up to 50 people could be effected by this change, although some of those employees might be relocated to the parent company PVH Corp’s Amsterdam office (see it here).

After we announced in January 2019, that Calvin Klein will relaunch the 2015W39NYC ready-to-wear line under a different name and a new creative direction (see it here), CK said it has decided not to move forward with a traditional collection business at all. As a result, 50 employees in the New York office and 50 people in the Milan office were let go. The company also plans to shutter the Milan office.

As a result, Michelle Kessler-Sanders, president of Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, will be leaving the company, but will stay on through June to help close down that segment of the business. Klein has shipped 205W39NYC for spring.

Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc., remains in his position.

In August 2016, we reported that Belgian designer Raf Simons was named the new chief creative officer of Calvin Klein (see it here).

After less than two years, since he took the helm at the American fashion house, Calvin Klein Inc. and Raf Simons said Friday (December 21, 2018) that Simons was leaving his post as chief creative officer. Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after Klein decided on a new brand direction (see it here).

The company still has an active search under way for a fashion director who would oversee the various categories of the brand. That person will work closely with the design and merchandising teams of all product categories (see it here).

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