One of the most iconic brands of the 20th century got its start in 1968, when aspiring designer Calvin Klein wheeled a rack of impeccably tailored coats up New York's 7th Avenue to meet with department store buyers. By the mid 1970s, he was winning accolades for his clean, modern sportswear. A pioneer of designer denim, the label rocketed to prominence in the 1980s and 90s, when it became as well known for its logo-centric branding and unforgettable ad campaigns as for its confidently minimal "heroin chic" aesthetic. Current creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli took over women and men's design duties in 2003 and 2004, and have continued to develop Calvin Klein's aesthetic of confidence, understatement, and perfected minimalist tailoring.
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