Back in December, Calvin Klein parted ways with its chief creative officer Raf Simons, before his three-year contract ended with the American company. In January, the brand shuttered its 205W39NYC line, the company’s renamed high-end designer collection, hoping to relaunch it under a new name and design approach.
Now, WWD reports that Calvin Klein will be closing its Calvin Klein Collection business instead, the high-fashion offshoot previously known as CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC, which launched in 2017 under the fashion house’s first chief creative officer, Raf Simons. WWD points out that 50 employees in the New York office and 50 more in the Milan office were laid off. The company is also currently in the midst of closing down its Milan office.
In light of the closure, Calvin Klein has shipped 205W39NYC pieces for spring, but WWD notes that Michelle Kessler-Sanders, president of Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, will be leaving the company. However, Sanders will stay until June to help shut down that branch of the business. Current chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc., Steve Shiffman, will still remain in his position.
The company is reportedly searching for a fashion director who would oversee various categories of the brand. Head on over to WWD for the full story.