During the 1970’s Calvin Klein images and icons were everywhere. Calvin Klein ads ruled television, Calvin Klein spoofs were performed on comedy sketches on shows such as Fridays and Saturday Night Live, and the Calvin Klein Line began to grow from clothing to everything fashion. These days Calvin Klein sells everything from underwear to jeans to high fashion clothing, perfume, jewelry, you name it. As has been the case since the 1960’s, the Calvin Klein line or brand only carries the finest of whatever line it is selling. Much like Andy Warhol came to represent pop art during his lifetime, Calvin Klein has come to symbolize high popular fashion in this day and age.
It’s a far cry from his start in the Bronx sketching clothing. Now Calvin Klein merchandise is sold all over the world with fashion shows around the globe, models hoping to be picked as one of the next Calvin Klein girls or guys. As time marches on Calvin Klein will synthesize and grow the same way he always has in the past, one step ahead of the fashion curve. If you see the Calvin Klein brand on something you can rest assured that it is a quality product. The Calvin Klein brand has been a symbol of fashion quality for nearly forty years from Greenwich Village to the Bronx to London and Paris. Unlike some high fashion designers, though, such as Laurent, Calvin Klein has stayed true to his humble Bronx beginnings, entering the world of high fashion, delivering a taste of that heady world to the common man. Calvin Klein from day one has strived and succeeded in bringing a fashion sense to the general public, offering high quality, high fashion product at prices that the average man can afford. Though it seemed pricey in the seventies at forty bucks a pop for a pair of jeans, Calvin Kleins as they became known gave the average blue collar kid a chance to sport a name brand, high quality designer logo on a piece of clothing that his parents could afford. It became a symbol of prestige to the average family man. It still is to this day. In doing so, Calvin Klein helped boost the morale of lower and middle class children as they felt the same sense of worth and class generally saved for upper class children without having to break the bank to do so. There was nothing better in the universe than finding a pair of Calvin Klein Jeans or a Calvin Klein shirt beneath the Christmas tree, and that still rings true today.