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The Kinky, Controversial History Of Calvin Klein In 3 Minutes

Calvin Klein got his big start by accident, when a big department-store buyer mistakenly exited an elevator on the wrong floor and promptly ordered $50,000 worth of his merchandise.

By 1973, his clean, simple designs had become an iconic look. And soon enough, the brand would help launch the careers of Brooke Shields (who famously had nothing between her and her Calvins), Mark Wahlberg (of the famously sagging pants), and Kate Moss (still very famous), who all starred in controversial ad campaigns. Watch the video above to learn more about the company’s scandalous past and sensual marketing, what prompted an FBI investigation, and how it bounced back to rack up $7.1 billion in sales in 2013.

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