Calvin Klein celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, but a party is not all in store for the fashion house. After a decade of staging their men’s shows in Milan, Calvin Klein, Inc.’s owner, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation announced plans for Calvin Klein to leave the Italian fashion capital in favor of New York, where the house will show their Fall 2009 Men’s Collection during New York Fashion Week next February.
Calvin Klein’s menswear collection has been shown in Milan since 1998 and Phillips-Van Heusen said the move demonstrates a renewed commitment to the New York fashion season and the American market. However, it was also announced there are plans to hold market appointments for retailers during men’s fashion week in Milan in January, as well as plans to return to the Milan for menswear shows in the future.
Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America has been quoted as saying that to have the Calvin Klein Collection return to New York to show their men’s collection reaffirms that American menswear designers are now in the forefront of innovation and are redefining the way men dress.
However, one has to wonder if, considering the rising euro, whether the move may in fact have more to do with cutting costs.
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