Calvin Klein Jeans appoints Luella Bartley head of global design

Calvin Klein Jeans has surprisingly named Luella Bartley head of global design for the PVH-owned brand. Her start date and where she will be based have yet to be released.

With a remit to create one vision for the casualwear brand, the UK designer will report to Pieter Mulier, creative director of CKI, and Franck Belochi, president of Calvin Klein Jeans Europe. Raf Simons oversees the complete creative vision for the $8bn Calvin Klein brand.

Parent PVH said late last year that the Jeans unit’s sales have been accelerating globally with wholesale operations in its domestic market also improving.

Most recently, Bartley was co-founder and co-designer of luxury womenswear brand Hillier Bartley. Earlier, she briefly headed women’s ready to wear design at Marc by Marc Jacobs. She also helped drive Mulbery’s fashion credentials some years ago when she collaborated with it to create the top-selling Gisele bag.

Prior to that she owned her signature line, Luella, for more than a decade. She closed the label in 2009 after losing financial backing.

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