Calvin Klein Promotes Three Executives in Global Design and Merchandising Roles

Calvin Klein Inc. has made several key appointments to strengthen the brand’s global design and merchandising structure.
Marcella Wartenbergh has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, reporting to Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein. She will continue to serve in her role as global head of licensing and international markets. Earlier she had been president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe, driving commercial performance of the European business across product categories, countries and channels of distribution, as well as overseeing merchandising and distribution of Calvin Klein products in Mexico.
In this new role, Wartenbergh is expected to leverage her global expertise to improve products’ commercial viability.
Ulrich Grimm has been promoted to global head of non-apparel design. He has been with Calvin Klein for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories.  During his time at Calvin Klein, he has built strong global alignment across the brand’s accessories, including some of the licensee categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He will oversee design for accessories, footwear and home.
Suzanne Barton has been promoted to global head of close to body design. She has been with Calvin Klein for over 10 years, leading the

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19 Calvin Klein Runway Looks Worth Taking a Look Back At

It’s the end of an era at Calvin Klein.
The American fashion brand announced Wednesday it will not continue its traditional collection business, meaning Calvin Klein will no longer be a fixture on the fashion week runway. The news comes after the brand shuttered its 205W39NYC label in January, following the departure of its chief creative officer, Raf Simons, the prior month.
Starting his namesake label in 1968 as a coat shop, Calvin Klein grew his brand quickly, adding sportswear and lingerie. In 1973, Klein received the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award for a 74-piece women’s wear collection, becoming known for his youthful and classic American style.

Calvin Klein fall 1973 ready-to-wear collection. 
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While the proliferation of Klein’s underwear and jeans businesses — and legendary ad campaigns featuring the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kate Moss and Brooke Shields — are a significant marker in the designer’s legacy, his designs on the runway were equally impactful. Most notably, Klein popularized the slipdress, which was routinely modeled by Moss on the runway.

The finale at the Calvin Klein spring 1998 ready-to-wear runway. 
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When the brand was acquired by PVH Corp. and Klein resigned from his position in 2003, designer Francisco Costa was brought on as

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Calvin Klein Learns a Harsh, Expensive Lesson: Less High Fashion, More Underwear

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It was as if the mannequins at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, the label’s Madison Avenue flagship, knew its higher-ups had just announced the shuttering of its runway collection. Scattered throughout the store, the gray figures slouched and hunched somberly, one in a sequin dress sitting on a table like a bedazzled version of Rodin’s Thinker.

Hours after Page Six reported that Calvin Klein Collection would cease operations, the flagship was empty, save for a few employees. The store’s loud, taxi cab-yellow walls punctuated just how quiet it was inside.

From the street, a woman stopped to take a photo of the 34-foot display window, which featured a pants-less mannequin wearing a t-shirt tucked into a pair of boy short underwear.

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What’s Next for Calvin Klein Following Raf Simons Split?

The much ballyhooed Calvin Klein-Raf Simons marriage has ended in divorce — and now observers wonder what’s next for the iconic American fashion brand, and whether it can flourish without the “halo” of a designer collection.
As reported, the tie-up between Klein and Simons came to an abrupt — but not unexpected — end Friday night when Calvin Klein Inc. sent out a terse press release at 6:17 p.m., right before the Christmas holiday weekend, stating the company and Simons, who was chief creative officer, had “amicably decided to part ways.” The statement said that Klein has decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’ creative vision — but provided no details on what that new direction is.
Calvin Klein will not be having a fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February (it had been scheduled for Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.), and the company will now have to figure out how to move forward after the pricey, multimillion dollar experiment with Simons went bust after a mere 28 months, and eight months before the end of a three-year deal with the Belgian designer.
PVH Corp., parent company of Calvin Klein, invested between $ 60 million and $ 70 million in

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Raf Simons and Calvin Klein Part Ways

Calvin Klein Inc. and Raf Simons said Friday night that Simons is leaving his post as chief creative officer.
Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after Klein decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’ creative vision.
Calvin Klein will not show during New York Fashion Week in February.
The news confirms WWD reports of growing tension between Calvin Klein executives and Simons.
According to sources, the company decided in September to reduce some of Simons’ responsibilities and wanted him to agree to a new contract with fewer responsibilities. Sources said Klein decided certain areas of the business such as store design, visual merchandising, e-commerce, public relations and communications, and corporate social responsibility would report to Marie Gulin-Merle, chief marketing officer, rather than Simons, who had been given total responsibility for all creative areas when he joined in August 2016.
In late November, Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer of PVH Corp., parent company of Calvin Klein, said in rather blunt terms on the company’s earnings call that the reimagined Calvin Klein — under Simons’ direction — is not working. He said the collection, renamed 205W39NYC, needed to become more commercial and that investments in the collection and advertising would be

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Raf Simons Is Leaving Calvin Klein [UPDATED]

Raf Simons is leaving Calvin Klein more than eight months ahead of the end of his contract, according to a release from parent company PVH. Simons first joined the American brand in August 2016, when he was given the title of chief creative officer; prior to his appointment, he served as women’s …

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