Calvin Klein Talks About Being Discovered

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“My first real job was designing coats and suits for a company that was run by a man whose name was Dan Milstein … I decided that while I was on the job, I could make some samples at night and on weekends and then I would leave my job. The people I was working for figured out what I was doing and they fired me before I quit. So I took a little room at the York Hotel that had rooms for manufacturers who made clothes in the South. My little room was right opposite the elevator and, sure enough, one day the general merchandise manager from Bonwit Teller walked in. I showed him the clothes and he said, ‘I will have a buyer down here tomorrow, then on Saturday you will come up to the store and show the clothes to president Mildred Custin.’ And he said, ‘You will then have been discovered.’ I promise you this is exactly what happened.”

Designer Calvin Klein, speaking to Fern Mallis at the 92 Street Y this week, on the pivotal moment that changed his career. [WWD]

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