CREATIVE DIRECTORS

Francisco Costa - Women’s Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection

Francisco Costa

Women’s Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection

Francisco Costa assumed the role of Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection after working directly with Mr. Calvin Klein, and debuted his first collection for the house in 2003.

Known for his iconic and minimal, yet sophisticated designs, Mr. Costa’s work has received critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2006 and 2008, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) named Mr. Costa the Womenswear Designer of the Year. In 2008, he was given the Mortimer C. Ritter Award by the F.I.T. Alumni Association for excellence in art and design. In 2009, he was honored by Parsons The New School for Design at the school's annual fashion benefit. In 2009, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recognized Mr. Costa with their Fashion Design Award for excellence and innovation in design. Growing up in the small Brazilian town of Guarani, Mr. Costa was first exposed to fashion through his parents’ childrenswear apparel business. He arrived in New York City in the early 1990s with aspirations of designing for a large house. While studying English, he enrolled at F.I.T. where his talent quickly earned him an Idea Como/Young Designers of America award, which led to further study at F.I.T. and abroad in Italy. He would then go on to work for Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Gucci before joining Calvin Klein.

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Italo Zucchelli - Men’s Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection

Italo Zucchelli

Men’s Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection

Italo Zucchelli, serves as the Men's Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection. After working with Mr. Calvin Klein, he was selected to take over the creative direction of the menswear collection beginning with the Spring 2004 season.

Since assuming this role, Mr. Zucchelli’s work has received critical acclaim and recognition. In 2009, he was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and in May 2010 he was awarded the Mortimer C. Ritter Award by the F.I.T. Alumni Association for excellence in art and design. Growing up near the Italian coastal town of La Spezia, Mr. Zucchelli’s first glimpse of Calvin Klein was through an underwear advertisement with Olympic pole vaulter Tom Hintanhaus. He continues to be inspired by that image, which to him represents many of Calvin Klein’s design ideals for men. Mr. Zucchelli loves to distinguish each season by adding an unexpected edge to the clothes – creating new fits fabrics but with a respect for Calvin Klein’s menswear vocabulary and the purity of the brand’s design roots. He is a 1988 graduate of the Polimoda International Institute of Design and Marketing in Florence and he also studied at the Faculty of Architecture within the University of Florence. Prior to joining Calvin Klein, Mr. Zucchelli worked with Romeo Gigli and Jil Sander.

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Kevin Carrigan - Global Creative Director, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein

Kevin Carrigan

Global Creative Director, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein

Kevin Carrigan serves as the Global Creative Director of ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein. In this role, Mr. Carrigan sets the unified seasonal design aesthetic, direction, and product designs including fabrics, and color palettes, for the multiple categories that he oversees.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Carrigan’s design philosophy has been based on the idea of modern clothes with an appreciation of form, function, and beauty. He refers to his design philosophy and inspiration as a mood and or emotion which could be a word or pure thought, that transforms a two dimensional sketch into a three dimensional garment. He tends to focus on designing pieces that are current and relevant, while creating a balance between designs that are functional and beautiful. Mr. Carrigan is British and joined the company in 1998 after having worked at Nicole Farhi and Max Mara in London. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and a Masters of Art degree in Fashion Design from The Royal College of Art and Design in London.

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Ulrich Grimm - Creative Director, Calvin Klein Men’s & Women’s Shoes & Accessories

Ulrich Grimm

Creative Director, Calvin Klein Men’s & Women’s Shoes & Accessories

Ulrich Grimm serves as the Creative Director for Calvin Klein men’s and women’s shoes and accessories including handbags, wallets, belts, watches, jewelry, and eyewear, spanning all of the brands produced by Calvin Klein, Inc.

Shape and material are the foundation of his designs. Largely influenced by architecture, he is inspired by structures, colors, textures, and natural building materials – resulting in a clean and classic aesthetic, but with a modern approach. Mr. Grimm grew up in Porta Westfalica, Germany and joined Calvin Klein, Inc. in 1998 and was elevated to the role of Creative Director in July 2006. Today Mr. Grimm oversees a team that is responsible for the overall direction of the company’s extensive global offering of shoes and accessories produced under the Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein Golf brands. Mr.Grimm studied fashion design at Esmod in Paris and later returned to Germany to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Fachhochschule Bielefeld. Earlier in his career, he held design positions at established fashion houses such as Joop!, Bogner, and Fendi.

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Amy Mellen - Creative Director, Calvin Klein Home

Amy Mellen

Creative Director, Calvin Klein Home

Amy Mellen serves as the Creative Director for Calvin Klein Home. In this position, she is responsible for the design of all products offered under the Calvin Klein Home brand, including bedding, bath, dinnerware, tabletop, table linens, giftware, rugs, down, and furniture. Additionally, Ms. Mellen designs a line of upholstery fabrics which are exclusively available to the interior design trade, as well as many exclusive, special items spanning a variety of categories for the Calvin Klein Collection flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City.

Ms. Mellen captures her inspiration from travel, nature, and art; and seasonally blends these ideas with the aesthetic of the Calvin Klein lifestyle brand. Together with her design team, she maintains a very hands-on approach to creating each piece and often paints, sews, and draws many of the original prints and designs. Ms. Mellen joined Calvin Klein, Inc. in September 1999 as a Senior Designer. She was promoted to the role of Design Director in 2006 and was elevated to her most recent position in 2009. Born in New Jersey and raised in Ohio, Ms. Mellen studied surface pattern design at Syracuse University.

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