Raf Simons is leaving Calvin Klein more than eight months ahead of the end of his contract, according to a tweet from New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman and a new report from Business of Fashion. Simons first joined the American brand in August 2016, when he was given the title of chief creative officer; prior to his appointment, he served as women’s creative director at Dior, a role he also held fewer than three years.
His departure is not totally unexpected: In a December earnings call, PVH CEO Emanuel Chirico expressed dissatisfaction with Simons’s performance, noting that a high-end overhaul of Calvin Klein Jeans had been unsuccessful and the brand’s investment in the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC line had not seen solid return on investments. T
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