Calvin Klein to close New York City flagship

Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp, has unveiled a series of strategic changes to the company in response to the rapidly evolving fashion and retail landscape. The brand is relaunching the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC business under a new name, design approach and creative direction, and the 654 Madison Avenue store will be closing in Spring 2019. The company is evaluating options for future retail locations, and will also be unveiling new consumer experiences both online and offline.

'Calvin Klein has long been driven by its ability to balance art and commerce in a culturally relevant way – one that has often defied the status quo. Our industry is witnessing a historic transformation in consumer behavior which presents a significant growth opportunity as we look to grow the brand to $12 billion in global retail sales over the next few years. Now more than ever, we must double down on meeting consumer demands by creating culturally relevant products and experiences that engage communities by pushing fashion and culture forward,' says Shiffman.

The Calvin Klein, Inc. leadership team has adopted a digital-first approach and introduced a newly formed 'Consumer Marketing Organisation' (CMO). The CMO is evolving to accommodate the rapidly changing demands of today’s consumers, with highly specialised teams focused on new areas including Consumer Engagement and Shopper Experience.

The business will be streamlining its North America division to become a more effective organization, including consolidation of operations for the men’s Calvin Klein Sportswear and Calvin Klein Jeans business as a means of further strengthening the brand’s positioning. The Calvin Klein retail and ecommerce teams will be integrated to create an omnichannel approach mirroring how consumers browse, shop and purchase today.

'These strategic initiatives will enable us to run a more modern, dynamic and effective business, as well as allow us to reinvest in the brand,' says Shiffman.

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