Karl Anderson Jr. was born in 1959 in Long Island, New York, but when his mother remarried Bill Kors he changed his name to Michael David Kors. It has to be said that since little Kors had an interest on fashion, with only five years he designed his mother wedding dress. Some say that maybe this passion is due to the fact that his mother was a former model and he was constantly in touch with this world. Being a teenager he designed clothes and sold them at the Iron Butterfly, his parent’s basement. In 1977 he began to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology but he leaved the studies after nine months in order to work in Lothar, a small fashion boutique across from Bergdorf Goodman, where he was given a space to sell his designs.
With twenty one years-old, in 1981, he created his own brand called as we know it nowadays, Michael Kors, and opened his first shop in New York for women and men. In his lines he bets for the American comfort and simplicity merged with European glamour and elegance. His womenswear line was launched at Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue
He faced in 1993 a bankruptcy and in 1997 entered in the French maison Céline as its creative director but he combined it with his job in his own brand until 2004, when he decided to focus on Michael Kors in order to diversify his lines. In 2001 went into the accessorize world and nowadays his Tote bags, shoes, sunglasses, jewels and “boyfriend” watches are well known all around the world.
Michael Kors is widely known as a designer in the States because he has achieved his goal to create a sophisticated and elegant image for those active women who claim for comfort and functional designs. Therefore, his catwalks are full of looks that combine practical garments with a touch of sophistication or as he says “European luxury”. To offer high quality and elegant designs in an affordable price is another of his aims.
The brand is all around the world with shops in fifty countries and in the most prestigious cities as New York, London, Milano, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai or Barcelona among others and some of his clients are Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore or Gwyneth Paltrow.