TALKING CALVIN: The Calvin Klein rumor mill went into overdrive on Wednesday with speculation that, (a) the designer’s business could be back on the block; (b) a megadeal is in the works for a new partnership; (c) there’s a major move involving the company’s licenses, or (d) all of the above. A Calvin Klein spokesman would not comment on the rumors, and Barry Schwartz, chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., did not return calls by press time.

One rumor that’s been circulating for about a month involves Phillips-Van Heusen, which has been in an aggressive growth mode recently, as evidenced by Monday’s announcement of a long-term licensing agreement with Kellwood to produce a moderate-priced women’s lifestyle collection with its Izod label. PVH, also Calvin’s men’s shirt licensee, has been identified as an interested suitor in the bids for Calvin Klein assets held by Warnaco during the underwear and jeans giant’s bankruptcy proceedings.

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