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Calvin Klein closes runway collection

American fashion brand Calvin Klein is shutting its luxury collections business, following the departure of chief creative officer Raf Simons late last year.

The luxury side of the business, renamed Calvin Klein 205W39NYC by Simons, will be shuttered, and staff have been laid off, including 50 employees from both its New York and Milan offices, media reports have said.

The Milan office may shut completely.

Michelle Kessler-Sanders, president of the luxury collections business, will leave the company in June.

The news comes after chief creative officer Simons parted ways with the PVH-owned brand in December, less than three years after joining in August 2016. At the time Calvin Klein announced that the New York store at 654 Madison Avenue would close, but the brand would relaunch under a “new name, design approach and creative direction”.

Drapers has contacted Calvin Klein for comment. 

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