CALVIN KLEIN parts ways with their collection designers FRANCISCO COSTA & ITALO ZUCCHELLI


BY KENNETH RICHARD

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today plans to unify the house under one creative vision and is thus parting ways with Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa and Men’s Creative Director Italo Zucchelli.

This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein’s brand legacy since Mr. Klein’s retirement. I would like to thank Francisco and Italo for their unwavering commitment to the Calvin Klein brand and their accomplishments over the past decade. They have both contributed immensely to making Calvin Klein a global leader in the fashion industry, and they have done so with dedication, focus and creativity.

– Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc.

Brazilian born Costa took over collection women’s design duties from Calvin Klein himself in 2003, later went on to win the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in  2006 and 2008. Italian born Italo Zucchelli came from Jil Sander, worked under Calvin Klein in men’s for six seasons and was promoted to Men’s Creative Director in 2004.

Rumors have been circulating for several months now that designer Raf Simons would join Calvin Klein to oversee the women’s and men’s design. The moves come at a time when the PVH Corp. owned Calvin Klein brand is on the verge of being a $10 billion global retail sales business, looking to solidify the brand’s positioning worldwide, and pave the way for future long-term global growth.

As of late the house has unified its brand messages under a singular tagline handle to market their various offerings including collection, platinum label, denim, underwear, and performance. It remains to be seen if the new creative director will also oversee marketing, like the designers who work for Kering, or not, like the designers who come out of LVMH. Either way, The Impression wishes the parting designers well on their future endeavors and the incoming Creative Director the vision to help inspire.


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