Calvin Klein does it all; from undergarments, to everyday apparel, to haute couture through their signature label Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. The brand has globally expanded, and has established stores all around the world. In which countries, and where exactly is Calvin Klein made?
The majority of Calvin Klein production occurs in Asia, within China. Similarly to other companies, Calvin Klein Inc has taken to manufacturing in China due low labour costs. In Calvin Klein pieces sold within the United States, you will see a ‘Made in China’ label, as required by law.
Calvin Klein has various lines, some better quality than others. The brand is famous for their seductive yet comfortable cotton undergarments, for both men and women, but the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC label offers higher quality garments within the luxury goods market. The different lines produce different quality types.
Production in China
While the United States legally requires brands to state the country of production within labels in clothing, other countries in Europe and Asia do not require so. Therefore, the origin of production in certain apparel pieces may seem ominous; such is the case with Calvin Klein.
Apart from low labour costs in comparison to other countries, China is valued as a manufacturing and production location because of the local supply chain. Consider however, that even though production and assembly occurs in China, the materials are brought in from elsewhere. Many of the fabrics Calvin Klein uses come from Europe, especially finer fabrics used within the more elegant and higher end products by Calvin Klein 205w39NYC. Other fabrics are imported from Japan.
Production in African Countries
Calvin Klein Inc is owned by fashion giant PVH, along with other brands such as Tommy Hillfiger and Guess. In April of 2019, a scandal erupted involving these three brands specifically when news broke that factories owned by these brands were ‘abusing’ workers human rights by paying them down to $00.12 per hour and stretching the allowed working times. The investigation was led by the United States Workers Rights Consortium. Even though Ethiopia does not have a legal minimum wage, American based companies are expected to respect the labourers and aid in providing decent jobs for these people who live in a poverty stricken country. These scandals are common among massive production giants, since companies tend to take advantage of Asian and African countries to produce their products, and end up creating sweatshops. However, most of these situations are uncovered, spoken out on, and properly addressed.
Kenya has become another location where Calvin Klein and other brands have turned to in terms of production. This has generated many jobs for locals and other brands such as Tommy Hilfiger have also begun sourcing here. Kenya has been referred to as ‘the world’s next manufacturing powerhouse’.
The workers have a high education level, many speak english, and the skillsets are highly valued. The factories are maintained under proper conditions and worker’s human rights are upheld. The infrastructure is said to be improving every day, however the country does suffer from certain aspects that affect production such as power shortages and lack of raw materials. This causes the companies to spend money on importation of materials.
Calvin Klein depends on sourcing in other countries for the majority of their production. This is an intelligent technique implemented by the majority of apparel houses to reduce general costs, and increase income. The general quality of Calvin Klein products is considered good, and the price to quality ratio is praised.
Even though the company was involved in the Ethiopian scandal, the owning company PVH addressed the issue directly and has spoken out on measures to improve the situation and prevent it from occurring again. Calvin Klein is a valued American brand, and is currently working towards continuing its growth and expansion.