NEW YORK — He has revolutionized the jeans business, redefined the concept of fashion marketing and even changed the very nature of sex appeal.

With a constant pursuit of modernity, Calvin Klein has pushed the boundaries of fashion design well beyond expectations, often correctly anticipating a shift in public taste a moment before it happens, and occasionally taking a step too far, sparking controversy and outrage over his advertising campaigns. But Klein’s willingness to provoke has also been the catalyst behind much of the growth of his brand, and his latest step — as the first designer megabrand in recent times to be sold to a publicly traded American apparel company — shows that the designer hasn’t lost his willingness to experiment after 34 years in business.

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