|Calvin Richard Klein|
|Born||Calvin Richard Klein
November 19, 1942
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Southampton, New York|
|Education||Fashion Institute of Technology|
|Spouse(s)||Jayne Centre (m. 1965; div. 1974)
Kelly Rector (m. 1986; div. 2006)
|Parent(s)||Flore Stern Klein
|Labels||Calvin Klein Inc.|
I'm a sexual person, and that's reflected in my clothes and my advertisements.
I don't dwell on success. Maybe that's one reason I'm successful.
I've met people who didn't even know there was a Calvin Klein; they thought it was just the name of a product.
I have the reputation of being easygoing. But inside, I'm like nails. I will kill.
I've been strong and determined all my life about many things I've wanted.
I certainly feel that an adult woman has a right to determine what happens to her life and body.
Women's Wear Daily can do more than any other publication to establish a designer.
If I allow journalists to describe a collection and they make mistakes, I'm upset, because the retractions are never noticed.
I couldn't have attended half the parties that I was supposed to have been to according to the newspapers. It bothers me.
I'm more offended when someone's killed on television than when there's something that's sensuous or sexual. So what?
Levi's can produce many more Western jeans than we can and make them at a better price.
I love women. I'm trying to do beautiful things with them. I'm not trying to insult them. My life is not about that.
AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS' being some kind of divine retribution is crap.
Some people feel that what we're doing makes no sense, that it's just a waste of money. But it's working.
People have told me about organized crime in the fashion industry, but I can't talk about that. I'm looking to stay alive.
Nothing earth-shattering has happened in men's fashion. How much can you do with men's clothes?
People who run a ready-to-wear company are businessmen rather than production or design people.
It seems there's always another rumor about my life; some people are simply talked about more than others.
I still drink vodka; I'm not an advocate of drinking, but I'm no angel. I don't like grass, because it just makes me hungry.
We're not doing outrageous fashion; I make sports clothes that are relatively conservative, clothes that everyone wears.
I don't always want my opinion known. What little privacy I have left I'd like to maintain.
Traditionally, the sample is always better than the stock you deliver to the store.
When I started the business, I hardly went home. I became very driven about work and about my career.
People in their 70s can still have incredible lives. Health is the most important thing.
No 27-year-old has the experience to run a company that does a quarter of a billion dollars a year in sales.
There has been a change in men's attitudes toward their clothes. Men are more aware of fashion; they're not afraid of it.
I guess I don't have a proper perspective on my fame; if I did, I don't think I'd like it.
There's an awareness of fashion in this country, and it's not limited to gay people.
You don't only worry about the people who hate or resent you; in a way, you're more worried about the people who love you.
If you really love someone and care about him, you can survive many difficulties.
I think there's something incredibly sexy about a woman wearing her boyfriend's T-shirt and underwear.
There are a lot of gay people in fashion, but it's not as if every gay person is a great creator.
I'm in a business where no one cares about anything except how well your last collection sold.
Anyone who is secure about herself shouldn't be threatened by the ads I do.
We were using Brooke as an actress; she was playing different roles: a liberated woman, a teenager, a vamp.
I personally would not have plastic surgery. What the hell for? It looks ridiculous.
My wardrobe consists of antique clothes, many of my designs, plus shoes and shirts from Brooks Brothers and Paul Stuart.