Robert R. Taylor, Beauty Entrepreneur, Dead at 77 Taylor is credited with making a number of blockbuster moves, including the creation of Softsoap and founding the modern Calvin Klein fragrance business. By Molly Prior and Pete Born on September 11, 2013 A memorial service will be held in November for Robert R. Taylor, the founder of the modern Calvin Klein fragrance business. This story first appeared in the September 11, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today. To continue reading this article... Subscribe Now Log In WWD logo This Article is Exclusive to Archive Subscribers To read the full article please contactWWD's Subscription Customer Service.