Starting from f/w 2019-20, US brand Calvin Klein will stop offering its high-end 205W39NYC designer collection. Consequently 50 employees in the brand’s New York office and 50 people in the Milan office were let go. The Milan office might close altogether.
Michelle Kessler-Sanders, president of Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, will leave the company, but will remain until June to help close down that segment of the business as it will still deliver the 205W39NYC for spring 2019.
After Raf Simons left his position as chief creative officer in December 2018, Calvin Klein originally said it planned a relaunch of its higher-end collection under the guidance of another creative director and a new name. It also announced the closing its New York collection flagship at 654 Madison Avenue.
The company still has an active search underway for a fashion director who will oversee the various categories the brand will continue to offer: its diffusion line, jeanswear, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances.
According to rumors, G-III Apparel, the group that holds the license for prêt-à-porter, accessories, outer apparel, swimwear and women’s apparel for Calvin Klein in Northern America, is looking for an executive president for Calvin Klein Jeans in the US as that company might get the license for the line in that area.
In Europe, women’s jeanswear might continue to be designed and produced by the same Amsterdam division of PVH Corporation, the holding behind the brand that also produces jeanswear for Tommy Hilfiger, part of the same group.