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Jeffrey Banks is a Coty Award-winning menswear designer who has been described as a major black fashion maker. Before launching Jeffrey Banks Ltd. in New York City in 1978 at the age of 25, he worked as a design assistant to Ralph Lauren(1971–73) and Calvin Klein (1973–76). By 1996, suits, shirts, eyewear and accessories from Jeffrey Banks Ltd. and Jeffrey Banks International were being sold worldwide with sales of about $20 million.
Banks has claimed credit for Calvin Klein's logo garments, stating that he had the logo from a press folder silkscreened onto the sleeve of a brown T-shirt as a present for Klein. The gift was assumed by Barry K. Schwartz to be part of the upcoming line, and similar shirts formed the uniform for the front-of-house staff at Klein's next catwalk show, leading to the buyers asking to purchase them.
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- Manlow, Veronica (2009). Designing clothes : culture and organization of the fashion industry (1st pbk. ed. ed.). New Brunswick, [N.J.]: Transaction Pub. p. 99. ISBN 9781412810555.
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