Founded in 1967, Calvin Klein is built on jeans and underwear, but these days particularly known for its spare and streamlined designs and cosmetics. Klein (1942), once hailed as 'the American Yves Saint Laurent', is pragmatic about his work. "People who run a ready-to-wear company are businessmen rather than production or design people," he says. "We're not doing outrageous fashion; I make sports clothes that are relatively conservative, clothes that everyone wears." Klein still overseas the whole range, current creative director for women's wear is Francisco Costa, Italo Zuchelli is creative director for men's wear.