25 Jan Who is Calvin Klein anyway?
It is very likely that you will at some point have thought about splashing out on some Calvin Klein Menswear. If you do, the best place to go for that is EJ Menswear as they have a very comprehensive range for you to look at. What do you actually know about the New York designer? Here is a little bit of information about the fashion icon that has shaped things underwear wise over the last few decades.
Klein, the son of Flore (née Stern) (1909–2006) and Leo Klein, was born to a Jewish family in the Bronx on November 19, 1942. Leo immigrated from Hungary to New York, while Flore was born to refugees from Galicia (Eastern Europe) and Buchenland, Austria, in the United States (modern day-Ukraine). The Bronx was not the most salubrious of areas and it hard to imagine that a millionaire like Klein could have clawed his way up through the ranks to get where he is today.
As a boy, Klein went to Isobel Rooney 80th Middle School. He attended the Manhattan High School of Art and Architecture and studied at, but never graduated from, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, earning an honorary doctorate in 2003. In 1962, he finished his apprenticeship at an old cloak-and-suit maker, Dan Millstein, and spent five years designing in other shops in New York City. He opened his first business in 1968 with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz.
Klein, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren, was one of the fashion pioneers raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx. Before he had his first commercial exposure with the launch of his first denim collection, he became a protege of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introduction he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene. After his first big showing at New York Fashion Week, he was quickly noticed for his talent. As the new Yves Saint Laurent, he was hailed, and was noted for his tidy lines.