Michael Kors might make all-American sportswear—luxurious, optimistic clothes whose simplicity directly correlates to their desirability—yet he does so on the global stage.
The Fashion Institute of Technology dropout was discovered by Dawn Mello while decorating the windows of a groovy midtown-Manhattan boutique, where he also designed their collection. Not long after, in 1981, he showed his first collection which was launched at Bergdorf Goodman. Since then, Kors has built on his multi-ply cashmere and double-faced tailoring with increasingly nuanced ideas: Androgyny, athletic wear, and the street’s recent affections for the minimalist avant-garde 1990s are just some of the inspirations he has drawn on of late. One of his greatest strengths remains his ability to have an open, and oftentimes, humorous dialogue with the many people around the world who wear his designs. Everyone knows—and loves—him as simply Michael.