Where do two apparel giants meet to discuss one of the most buzzed about deals in recent fashion history? Bruce Klatsky can cite several examples.
In Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.’s two-year period of negotiations to acquire Calvin Klein Inc., Klatsky, then PVH’s chairman and chief executive officer, met with Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz dozens of times. There were multiple lunches at the Royalton hotel, meetings at CKI’s headquarters on West 39th Street, and discussions at various lawyers’ offices. Once, Klein even took a helicopter to Klatsky’s country home — then in Garrison, N.Y. — to spend some quality time with the executive and his wife, Iris.
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