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Gardner Exits Calvin Klein

NEW YORK -- Tim Gardner, creative director of design at Calvin Klein, has resigned from the firm.<P>Gardner, who joined Calvin Klein in 1996 and was promoted to creative director two years ago, was Klein's top designer and had taken on increasingly...

NEW YORK — Tim Gardner, creative director of design at Calvin Klein, has resigned from the firm.

Gardner, who joined Calvin Klein in 1996 and was promoted to creative director two years ago, was Klein’s top designer and had taken on increasingly senior posts within the company during his time there. Reached at home on Tuesday, he said the split was amicable and that he was looking for a change.

“I’ve loved it at Calvin,” he said. “It has been an incredible experience working so much next to him on so many varied product lines. Calvin is a truly talented person who attracts very creative people. It has been amazing and taught me so much. I will always be grateful to him.”

Gardner, who reported to Klein and Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer, provided design direction for the women’s, men’s and accessories collections since he was promoted from his role as senior design director of women’s products. He had first been a design director when he joined the firm, after working in a senior creative position at Trussardi in Milan in the early Nineties and as senior designer and assistant to Jil Sander before that.

Gardner said, “Right now I want to take a break and then consider the variety of possibilities for my next step.”

Gardner had taken over a similar role to that of the late Zack Carr, Klein’s prior creative director. His departure comes three months after Klein brought in a new design director for his women’s collection, Francisco Costa, who had previously been designing for Tom Ford at Gucci.”