Kors began his career in
fashion at the age of 19 designing and merchandising a collection for the
renowned boutique Lothar's in New York City. The success of these clothes
caught the attention of the fashion press prompting Kors to strike out on his
own. In 1981 the Michael Kors label was formed; his first women's collection
was launched at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, amongst other stores.
Since his collection was established, it has never strayed from Kors' initial
vision of chic, luxurious American sportswear.
In 2001, Kors launched
accessories under his collection label. Today, the line includes a full range
of women's handbags, shoes, belts and eyewear. In January 2002, the company
launched a full scale men's collection in response to the critical acclaim
received by a capsule menswear line launched in 1997.
In January of
2002, the company launched a full scale men's collection, which had previously
been a capsule men's wear line launched in 1997. The line received a fantastic
response and in 2003, the CFDA bestowed Kors with the distinct honour of
Menswear Designer of the Year.
In Fall 2004, Kors will unveil his latest collection, MICHAEL Michael
Kors, with an unprecedented launch in over 350 stores nationwide. The MICHAEL
Michael Kors collection will include women's and men's ready to wear,
accessories including handbags and small leathergoods, men's tailored clothing,
dress shirts, neckwear, and timepieces for both women and men.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
DuPont's first American Original Award
Elle/Cadillac Fashion Award for Excellence
Lifetime Achievement Award from Lighthouse International
Award for Women's Designer of the Year
York Award, from New York Magazine
Hanger Award for best designer, presented by E! Television Networks
Women's Fragrance Star of the Year for MICHAEL, by The Fragrance Foundation
New Women's Fragrance for MICHAEL from Cosmetic Executive Women
Nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year Award by the CFDA
Fragrance Star of the Year for MICHAEL for Men, by The Fragrance
New Men's Fragrance for MICHAEL for Men from Cosmetic Executive Women
CFDA Award for Men's Designer of the Year
CFDA Nomination for Women's Designer of the Year
Nomination for Men's Designer of the Year
The company designs and distributes high-fashion apparel and footwear forboth
men and women. It added timepieces to its offerings through a licensing deal
with Fossil (2004), eyewear through a license with Marchon Eyewear, swimwear
through a licensing deal with Warnaco Swimwear, and socks via a license with
American Essentials. In 2004 the company launched its MICHAEL Michael Kors
collection, aimed at the more financially conservative consumer. Michael Kors
himself owns about 15% of the company, while Sportswear Holdings, the holding
company owned by fashion investors Silas Chou and Lawrence Stroll, bought an
estimated 85% of the company in January 2003.