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The all-Amer­i­can de­signer and his ex­pand­ing fash­ion empire


Fash­ion de­signer-turned-busi­ness mogul Michael Kors’ rise to the top of the fash­ion in­dus­try

FASH­ION DE­SIGNER-TURNED- BUSI­NESS MOGUL Michael Kors has been a hot topic in the last few weeks. His name­sake com­pany, Michael Kors Hold­ings, re­cently an­nounced that it would be ex­pand­ing its global fash­ion lux­ury group with the acquisitio­n of Gianni Ver­sace (in November 2017, the busi­ness com­pleted the pur­chase of Jimmy Choo). Michael Kors Hold­ings also an­nounced a name change – to Capri Hold­ings. Kors started out his fash­ion ca­reer in 1978 as a sales­per­son for the Lothar’s bou­tique in New York City. Soon af­ter, he went on to be­come the de­signer and head of vis­ual dis­play, and in 1981 Kors was asked to launch his epony­mous la­bel at lux­ury depart­ment store Bergdorf Good­man. In 1997, he reached in­ter­na­tional fame when he was ap­pointed as the first women’s ready-to-wear de­signer for French fash­ion la­bel Cé­line; in 2003, he left the mai­son to fo­cus on his own brand. He gained even more pop­u­lar­ity dur­ing his stint as a judge on the hit TV se­ries Project Run­way. His ready-to-wear la­bel, Michael Kors Col­lec­tion, is a part of the New York Fash­ion Week sched­ule and his clas­sic Amer­i­can de­signs have been seen on a string of A-list celebri­ties in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Lopez and Dakota John­son, as well as for­mer

First Lady Michelle Obama. Kors’ own af­ford­able fash­ion la­bel may have been the sub­ject of mul­ti­ple In­sta­gram memes (re­mem­ber those?) but af­ter his re­cent busi­ness move this 59-year-old has got some ma­jor plans up his sleeve.

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