Calvin Klein (fashion designer)
Klein at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
November 19, 1942
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Education||Fashion Institute of Technology|
|Spouse(s)||Jayne Centre (1964–1974)
Kelly Rector (1986–2006)
|Labels||Calvin Klein Inc.|
Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer of Jewish Hungarian origin who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry.
Early years 
Klein was born in The Bronx. He attended the High School of Art and Design and matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving an honorary Doctorate in 2003. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer, Dan Millstein, and spent five years designing at other New York shops. In 1968, he launched his first company with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz.
Klein was one of several design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx, New York, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren. Klein became a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introductions he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene even before he had his first mainstream success with the launch of his first jeans line. Klein was immediately recognized for his talent after his first major showing at New York Fashion Week. Klein was hailed as the new Yves Saint-Laurent, and was noted for his clean lines.
Personal life 
In 1965, Klein married Jayne Centre Klein, with whom he has a daughter, Marci, who currently works as Talent Producer for NBC's Saturday Night Live. Klein and Centre Klein filed for divorce in 1974.
In 1978, Klein's daughter Marci was kidnapped and held for 9 hours until a $100,000 ransom was paid. Police apprehended the culprits.
In 1986, Klein married Fashion Institute in NYC graduate Kelly Rector, who worked for Calvin Klein Inc. at the time. She later became a well-known socialite photographer. The couple divorced in 2006.
In 2003, Klein bought an ocean-front estate in Southampton Village in the Hamptons, Long Island, NY.
In 1974, Klein designed the tight-fitting signature jeans that would go on to gross $200,000 in their first week of sales. In the same year, Klein became the first designer to receive outstanding design in men’s and women’s wear from the CFDA award show.
In 1983 Klein was placed on the International Best Dressed List.
Also in 1981, 1983, 1993, he received an award from Councils of Fashion Designs of America.
He also made an appearance as himself in season 4, Episode 13 ("The Pick") of the television series Seinfeld.
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