calvin klein’s two creative directors are leaving

A new creative strategy has been announced, uniting all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision and fuelling Raf Simons-shaped rumours.

by Charlotte Gush
19 April 2016, 11:32pm

Calvin Klein has announced that their two creative directors are leaving the company. Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, the creative directors of Calvin Klein Collection's women's wear and men's wear brands, respectively, are leaving the company as part of a new creative strategy that will unite all Calvin Klein brands under a single creative vision.

"This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein's brand legacy since Mr. Klein's retirement," CEO Steve Shiffman says in a statement. "I would like to thank Francisco and Italo for their unwavering commitment to the Calvin Klein brand and their accomplishments over the past decade. They have both contributed immensely to making Calvin Klein a global leader in the fashion industry, and they have done so with dedication, focus and creativity."

A statement from the brand notes that this move is a continuation of a global evolution for the brand that began with the reacquisition of the Calvin Klein jeans and underwear businesses in 2013, explaining that, "The new brand direction will ultimately follow one creative vision across all categories of the business," and adding that, "An announcement will be made in due course". This announcement is widely rumoured to see Raf Simons take the helm, his first position outside of his eponymous label since his shock departure from Dior in October 2015.


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans

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