Good clothes open all doors.
– Thomas Fuller
Kurt in 1996 wearing Calvin Klein Collection
Kurt in 2002 wearing Calvin Klein Collection, photo by Les Hall
Kurt in 2014 wearing jacket by What Goes Around Comes Around NYC, shirt by Hugo Boss, tie by Etro, photo by Beau Bumpas
Before 1996 I thought I knew a lot about fashion and I believed I had great personal style. Then I started working for Calvin Klein. About a minute after I got hired, I felt like a country bumpkin. In my first days there, I let go of everything I thought I knew about dressing well. My boss Barbara summed it up for me in one statement. “Calvin Klein does not care about your opinion, Kurt, he wants you to learn about his.” Best career advice I ever received.
Here’s where my style transformation began. Calvin Klein provided my entire wardrobe – Italian made suits, shirts, ties, shoes, belts, and yes, even underwear. What I came to understand quickly was dressing impeccably everyday was really simple if you had the right wardrobe. It was beyond effortless, it was almost thoughtless. A black suit with a white shirt or a black shirt? Black shoes and belt, done! I changed. My confidence grew and I matured a little. I evolved into a version of myself that felt good, true, and authentic.
Good clothes really do open all doors. The Calvin Klein experience shaped me, my career, and opened doors for me. The education and training I received impacts every encounter I have with my clients today. I’m not here to convince you or to persuade you in any way, but to show my point of view. The purpose of my work today is to share what I’ve been given, and to demonstrate what I’ve been taught.
My point of view about dressing:
- Build a core wardrobe to make your life easier.
- Choose masculine, classic clothing that fits well and is made well.
- Dress in monochromatic color stories of black, grey, and navy to get started.
- Keep it simple, uncluttered and uncomplicated.
- Use the images on He Dresses as a guide.
- Relax, getting dressed is easy with a little help.
Take what you like from He Dresses and leave the rest. I’m glad you’re here!