Just three months after the departure of creative director Raf Simons, global designer label Calvin Klein is closing its luxury collection business entirely, according to reports from The Business of Fashion and WWD. Instead of rebranding the high-end line 205W39NYC as originally reported in January, PVH (the American clothing company that owns Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others) has also announced the closing of its office in Milan, laying off of staff in New York, as well as the departure of the label’s President Michelle Kessler-Sanders.
Raf’s departure from Calvin Klein after two years of helming both design and marketing strategies followed after Chief Executive Officer Emanuel Chirico publicly said that he was unhappy with the sales performance of the brand. Its last fashion week outing was during the Spring-Summer 2019 shows in New York.
Inspite of this, WWD reports that the company is still on the lookout for a creative director to oversee the brand’s other categories such as Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans that are still profit drivers.