Kevin Carrigan, global creative director of Calvin Klein Inc., has resigned his post. He has been with the company 18 years.
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.
An internal memo stating Carrigan’s resignation was reportedly sent out to the company Thursday. Calvin Klein officials could not be reached for immediate comment.
According to sources, Carrigan will stay on at the company temporarily to help with the transition. He was traveling and unavailable for comment Thursday.
Carrigan’s resignation comes two days after Raf Simons was appointed chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, Inc., a move that had been rumored since last fall.
In appointing Simons, CKI also said that Pieter Mulier has joined the firm 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 is also expected to manage 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.
Carrigan joined Calvin Klein in 1998 after having worked at Nicole Farhi and Max Mara in London. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and a masters of arts degree in fashion design from The Royal College of Art and Design in London.
He was one of five creative directors at Calvin Klein, 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. Ulrich Grimm, who oversees men’s and women’s shoes and accessories, and Amy Mellen, who oversees home, remain at the company.
In his role, Carrigan set the unified seasonal design aesthetic, direction, and product designs including fabrics and color palettes, for the multiple categories that he oversaw. Carrigan worked closely with the licensees, especially G-III, on the Calvin Klein collections, which are estimated to account for close to $1 billion in wholesale volume at G-III. The company has the license for Calvin Klein women’s sportswear, dresses and performance.
Earlier this week, Morris Goldfarb, chief executive officer of G-III, said that legions of designers work on Calvin Klein and they design it with Calvin Klein Inc.’s review. “We understand the DNA of the brand,” said Goldfarb, noting that the Calvin Klein better business “was virtually nonexistent” until G-III took it over.