Calvin Klein, Inc. was founded by its namesake in 1968 and the company is still headquartered today in midtown Manhattan, in New York City. Calvin Klein started the company as a coat shop with just $10,000, and quickly received a $50,000 order from Bonwit Teller which launched the company into the fashion powerhouse it is today. The height of the designer jean craze in the late 70’s and early 80’s also contributed much to the success of the company as well. Calvin Klein established a monogram that is recognized around the world: the “CK” emblem.
Calvin Klein Inc. is currently owned by Phillips-Van Heusen, and Mr. Klein was himself part of the 15 year contract he signed with PVH, and remained as creative head of the collections. He then continued as an advisor instead (consulting creative director) to the new company after 2003 but has since been mostly removed from the business. As of 2006, Calvin Klein has an 8,600 foot show room in Times Square South that can seat as many as 600 people. Each of the Calvin Klein branded bags are classic and functional, not to mention aesthetically good looking- which is what you’d expect from Calvin. Each is crafted of heavy-duty ballistic nylon, and most styles in natural hues, like mushroom, slate, and willow.
Calvin Klein Luggage comes in one of three collections: Montauk, Thompson, or Soho. Montauk is the rugged, outdoorsy looking collection. Soho is a minimalist design, and Thompson is chic and quite sleek.
The Montauk Calvin Klein Luggage Collection has lightweight honeycomb frames and heavy duty woven nylon coated with duralon, and reinforced straps with double-riveted stitching. The rugged collection, CK says that it was designed with the active traveler in mind. It is imported, and available in concrete (gray,) Priscilla/pomegranate (tan,) and poolside blue (which really looks like a light green/yellow.)
The Montauk 30″ Wheeled Duffel bag is 30”H x 14”W x 13.5”D, and features in-line ball bearing style sealed skate wheels, a locking push button telescoping handle, intelligent organizational features to help make packing easier, and has a striped heavy duty nylon exterior with duralon coating. There is also a 24” wheeled duffel bag available in this unique Calvin Klein luggage collection series.
The Montauk Wheeled Backpack has the same lightweight honeycomb frame as all pieces in the Montauk Collection, and the heavy striped nylon fabric. It also has reinforced straps with double riveted stitching, in-line ball bearing sealed skate wheels, a locking, telescoping handle that expands and retracts with the push of a button, and heavy corner protective guards. Dimensions are 21″h x 13″w x 9″d, and it weighs about eight pounds.
The Montauk 21″ Wheeled Upright suitcase is the perfect size for a carry-on bag, and fits most airline overhead compartments. Same lightweight frame and woven and striped nylon fabric coated in duralon as all the Montauk pieces, and heavy-duty reinforced straps, sealed skate wheels, and locking, telescoping handle with push-button movement. It also has a 2.5” expansion on the main compartment to give you extra packing space. This bag is 9.5 pounds, and measures 21″h x 13″w x 10″d + 2.5″ expansion.
The Montauk 25″ Wheeled Upright suitcase is constructed exactly like the 21” Wheeled Upright, including the frame, fabric, straps, and wheels. It also has the 2.5” expansion for ease of packing. The 25” piece weighs 9.4 pounds, and measures 25″h x 14.5″w x 11″d + 2.5″ expansion.
Calvin Klein’s Soho Collection is lightweight and innovative, and the pieces can be as much as 30% lighter than comparable pieces. Soho is crafted of durable ballistic nylon with retractable locking handles and in-line wheels, and each of the upright pieces in the collection expands when needed.
Stylish and good-looking, it will definetely meet all of your functional requirements. Each of these Calvin Klein luggage pieces also has compression molded corners for extra protection and strength, side and top carry handles, and a limited lifetime warranty. Colors available are charcoal, basil, and Dijon. This collection is made in China.
The Soho 30″ Wheeled Duffle Suitcase is crafted of heavy ballistic nylon fabric with compression molded corners, a lightweight aluminum trolley system and 3.25 thread ball bearing wheels. The interior is deep and roomy, but folds flat for storage, there is also a lower level zippered compartment for shoes. No-tip feet on the bottom and add a bag strap make it easy to carry and maneuver. This duffel weighs just less than 10 pounds.
The Soho 28″ Wheeled Upright Suitcase features the same fabric and aluminum trolley system as each of the Soho pieces. It also has a removable garment sleeve and full mesh pocket on the interior of the lid, and a vinyl toiletry pouch, along with the 2.5” expansion space. No tip feet and add a bag strap are included, and this piece weighs about 11.5 pounds, and measures 11.5 lbs – 28″ x 20″ x 11.5″ + 2.5″ of expansion. There are also 25” and 21” wheeled uprights in this collection.
The Soho Carry-On Tote Suitcase measures 7.5″ x 16″ x 10.8″ and weighs under three pounds. A good piece for organizing all of your work essentials as it has lots of organizer pockets inside, an exterior pocket for newspapers or file folders, and two large zippered end pockets, along with a large main compartment. The shoulder strap is removable and adjustable, and it also has top carry handles, and no-tip feet on the bottom to protect it.
The Soho Wheeled Tote Suitcase is 13.25″ x 14″ x 9″ and has interior organizer pockets for packing ease, and an outside pocket big enough for newspapers or files. This Calvin Klein luggage weighs just less than seven pounds, the tote is easy to maneuver through the airport with the telescoping handle and no-tip feet.
The Thompson Calvin Klein Luggage Collection is made of coated ballistic nylon, and 1682 nylon coated with duralon on the trim. The pieces are made with an ABS honeycomb frame that is extremely lightweight. Pieces in the line are made in China, available in charcoal, and they have a lifetime warranty. The Thompson Collection 21” Upright has a detachable, quick release add a bag strap, Signature 3” skate wheels with protective wheel covers and ball bearings. It has retractable top and side handles, and an outside document pouch with a zipper.
It also has a large zippered exterior compartment with removable garment sleeve and elastic hanger retainer and mesh shirt pocket. Two upright hanging zipper pouches and retractable slide out ID tag window are also on the outside.
The Thompson Wheeled Garment Bag has the smooth glide 3 inch wheels, ABS honeycomb frame for light weight and strength, ballistic nylon exterior and molded corner protectors. It also has removable garment sleeve with wrinkle guard and an elastic hanger retainer.
A zippered outside travel document pocket and door hook pouch, along with the telescoping push button handle and no-tip protective feet, add to the ease of use for this Calvin Klein luggage. The garment bag weighs just under eleven pounds and measures 18″ x 21″ x 10″ when folded.