NEW YORK — Another top creative executive is exiting Calvin Klein Inc.: Amy Mellen is leaving her role as senior vice president of home at CKI.
“After over 17 years of dedicated service to Calvin Klein, Amy Mellen, senior vice president, home, will be leaving the company at the end of December. An announcement regarding future developments will be made in due course,” the company said.
She was unavailable for comment on her plans.
Mellen has been at Calvin Klein since September 1999, where her creative role encompasses furniture, fabric, bedding, bath, down, table top, gifts, table linens and rugs. Earlier, she was design director of Adrienne Vittadini.
Mellen’s departure is part of the remaking of the Calvin Klein brand under chief creative officer Raf Simons, who joined the company in August.
CKI had previously operated with five creative directors (including Mellen), who each oversaw different parts of the brand. In April, Francisco Costa, creative director of women’s Collection, and Italo Zucchelli, creative director of men’s, were let go. In August, Kevin Carrigan, global creative director of Calvin Klein Inc., left his post. Carrigan was responsible for ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein White Label, which represents the lion’s share of Klein’s apparel business. Ulrich Grimm, who oversees men’s and women’s shoes and accessories, remains at the company.
In appointing Simons in August, CKI sought to unify all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision. At the same time, CKI also hired Pieter Mulier as creative director, reporting to Simons. Mulier is responsible for executing Simons’ creative and design vision for women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, as well as the bridge and better apparel lines and accessories. He also manages all men’s and women’s design teams within the Calvin Klein brand, under Simons’ leadership. Mulier has long been Simons’ right-hand man, serving as head designer of women’s and men’s accessories at Jil Sander when Simons was creative director there and as a designer at Simons’ men’s wear business. Simons’ namesake men’s wear business continues to be based in Antwerp, Belgium, where that brand’s designers are based.
“Raf Simons business is independent from Calvin Klein, so are the design teams. The only crossover is Raf Simons himself,” said a spokesman for Simons.
The Belgian designer is joining the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s official schedule and will show his men’s collection on Feb. 1 in New York for the first time. In the past, he has shown his signature collection in Paris.
Simons plans to show his women’s and men’s Calvin Klein collections together on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in New York.