- Birthday19th Nov, 42
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusDivorced
"Born and raised in Bronx borough’s middle class Jewish community of immigrants, Calvin Klein is now one of the world’s most successful American fashion designers. While his friends played around, Calvin gratified his passion for fashion by learning to sketch the sew design on his own, and spending endless hours on sketching women in suits and dresses. Following his education in High School of Art and Design, Klein brushed up his designing skills before being accepted to study apparel design at America’s preeminent Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
In 1962, Calvin dropped out Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to work as an apprentice designer to Dan Millstein, to further his skills and to learn how to how to concrete his design ideas. By 1968, inspired by the fresh style of New York’s urban Youth; Calvin with his friend and finance partner Barry Schwartz, set out to launch a fashion empire, Calvin Klien Limited in shop space at York Hotel. After his auspicious debut, Klien got recognition for his sleek, elegant and easy to wear design and got featured in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue on regular basis.
In early 1970’s, he acquaint his trademark tight jeans with branding his name on the back pocket. His alluring advertisement stating “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins” made Calvin’s branded jean a mania among consumers, who were purchasing over 40,000 pairs a week. Calvin Klien’s pervasive and contentious ad campaigns have kept him under criticism throughout for his career. Over time, Calvin Klien brand has expanded to include accessories, swimwear, fragrances, eyewear and the home décor market, and now Calvin Klien Incorporated exceeds $ 6 billion in sales. In 2002, Phillips Van Heusen Corporation brought the brand, with Calvin Klien still positioned as the creative chief.
Since 1973, when Klien became the youngest designer honored with Coty Award, he has been winning many prestigious awards and accolades for his work and contribution to design. Klien has influenced designers like Donna Karan and Miuccia Prada, and is proudly the designer choice for celebs like Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt. Married and divorced twice, Klien has a daughter Marci from his first marriage. Klien also got interest in politics and donates considerable money to Democratic party candidates.
Family & relationships
One of the most famous names in fashion industry, Calvin Klein owns beautiful house in Bridgehampton. The house is said to be very close to his old Dragon’s head mansion which was torn off few years ago to make way for a new home. He bought this house for $2.15 million. Calvin Klein is one of the biggest taxpayers in the whole of Hamptons, paying nearly $170,000 a year for this property and $104,000 for his now torn-down castle in Southampton.
Location: The property is located on West End Road in East Hampton at southern shore of Long Island, New York.
Accommodation: The property sits in the area of one-acre with the house built in the area of 4000 sq. ft. The mansion has six-bedroom, four-bathrooms, three-car garage, bluestone patios and expansive gardens. The house features high ceilings, a stone fireplace, marble bathrooms and a chef's kitchen.
Neighborhood: Bridgehampton is home to starts like Kelsey Grammer, Martha Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld.
The lavish house
The master bedroom
Calvin Klein is one of the few persons in the world who would first buy a century old house for $30million only to raze it later on to build a smaller home. The Dragon’s Head mansion, as it was called in popular culture was demolished in 2009 to make way for a smaller mansion. It was built in the mid-1920s by Henry Francis du Pont and was added to by financier Barry Trupin in the Eighties.
Location: This property is situated in the Hamptons area of Long Island, New York.
Accommodation: The demolished mansion was spread in the area of 50,000 square foot and came with different gothic structures like spires, turrets and an indoor saltwater aquarium. Klein bought the home in 2003 for $29million and has reportedly spent two years trying to get permission to tear it down so he could replace it with a newer model. The new home is planned to build in the area of 1700 sq ft and will be spread between three buildings connected by underground tunnel. This 10 acre oceanfront property will now feature a house 1/3 the size of original castle. The home’s design was put together by famous East Hampton architect Michael Haverland.
Neighborhood: Long Island has many celebrity homes in it. Famous names like Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld and many more have their holiday homes in Long Island.
Calvin Klein’s super yacht “Vantage” is an example of true sophistication with style. The truly distinctive and uniquely styled yacht offers the perfect platform for the American fashion designer to host entertaining evenings and events. The billionaire celebrated the opening night of the “2011 Cannes Film Festival” on his luxury yacht, playing host to a wealth of International guests. Constructed by Palmer Johnson, the 4.57 meter motor yacht is designed for sharing effortless charm.
Features & Toys: A roofed area with skylights offers the finest blend of light and shade on the spectacular yacht to suit all sort of preferences. Comfortable relaxation pads, Jacuzzi, full bar and barbeque provide enhanced leisure to the visitors.
Accommodation: Featuring a characteristic streamlined profile and a cream colored aluminum hull, Calvin’s majestic yacht incorporates two complete deck levels. Incorporating a total of six cabins, the spacious yacht easily accommodates 12 guests. The well planned layout offers huge amount of exterior space for entertaining guests. The main deck is ideal for hosting large gatherings and parties while the fantastic sundeck offers beautiful sight of the ocean. Owners and guest staterooms feature luxurious carpeting while the ensuite bathrooms feature remarkable tiles and marbles.
Specifications: Powered by two diesel engines, Vantage motor yacht features a maximum speed of 25 knots and fuel capacity of 8,798 USG. The majestic yacht measures 45.5 in length, has a beam of 8.40m and a maximum draft of 1.77m.
Casual cruising lifestyle
The master stateroom
Extra alfresco saloon
2011 Cannes Film Festival celebration
Ocean view from sundeck
Calvin Klein is closely associated with Elephant Family which is a nonprofit organization to work towards the environment. The organization focuses on the endangered Asian elephant and support the cause to increase the number of the same. They are the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to wild and captive Asian elephants.