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January 19, 2021 10 min read

by Joanna Smykowski

Joanna does quite a few things in life, but writing has been her favorite by far. She is a city girl who has moved to a beach town, and second to writing, will never tire of music, travel, and the friendships she makes as a result of both.


Who is Calvin Klein?

Whether you are a fashion aficionado or not, Calvin Klein is a well-known name and a fashion powerhouse. Established in 1968 in New York City, Calvin Klein started small and built its way up to an American fashion leader.

Calvin Klein started his business with his partner, Barry Schwartz, as a coat shop in the York Hotel. The first Calvin Klein collection was a line of "youthful, understated coats and dresses." It was featured at the Bonwit Teller store in New York City. A few years later, they expanded that coat shop to add blazers, lingerie, and sportswear. By the late 1970s, Klein had expanded into scarves, shoes, belts, furs, sunglasses, and bedsheets. As time passed, Calvin Klein won various fashion awards and continued to expand, adding menswear, jeans, and cosmetics to his line. His winning of the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award multiple times in the ’70s and as the youngest recipient at the time cemented his place in the fashion world.

In the 1980s, Calvin Klein launched a line of underwear for men and women that changed the landscape of men’s underwear forever. It became something to be cared about and noted, and allowed the company to continue to grow. Even though Calvin Klein is a well-known name in fashion, it still had its trials and tribulations. After decades of ups and downs, including a dance with the possibility of bankruptcy, the company was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.

Today, Calvin Klein employs over 11,500 people globally. In 2019, global retail sales exceeded $9 billion. They were distributed in over 110 countries. Their headquarters are in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Calvin Klein has not only retail but haute couture and commercial lines. They specialize in a variety of things: watches, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfumery, jewelry, and ready-to-wear items. The final thing they specialize in is the best one of all in our opinion. It is, of course, our favorite thing here at Independence Brothers - leather. Which means leather jackets.

How do I order a Calvin Klein leather jacket?

If you want the Calvin Klein name at home in leather jacket form, you can physically go into a store, or you can order online. If you choose to go in-store, the Calvin Klein website has a store locator where you can type in your zip code and see what store is closest to you. If you decide that online shopping is the way to go, you can go to Calvin Klein’s main website and go from there. Since Calvin Klein is all over the world, there are different websites for different countries. You’ll get automatically directed to the site where you can order to your home.

From the main website, you can go to the top right-hand part of the page and type “leather jacket” into the search bar. The site will give you a few options: men’s, women’s, sale, and shop all. You can also look under both the men’s and women’s sections and click on the coats and jackets section. You can browse around from there and if you find any jackets that you like, add them to your cart.

Once you have shopped to your heart’s desire, the checkout process is straightforward. They accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. They also accept gift cards, merchandise credit, and PayPal. Debit cards get charged immediately, while the credit cards are not charged until the item is shipped.

When it comes to shipping, Calvin Klein has multiple shipping options to the 48 contiguous, ranging from 1-2 days as the shortest amount of time to 7-14 days with standard shipping. Alaska and Hawaii are a bit more limited, but they still have a few options to choose from as well. At the time of this writing and the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping has been delayed across the board, and this includes anything purchased from Calvin Klein. The notice on their website indicates that delivery times may be longer than usual and that Calvin Klein will send an email once the order does ship.

If for some reason you make your purchase and decide there is an issue, you have 30 minutes from when you make your purchase to cancel or change it. After that 30-minute window, your order cannot be altered.

What if I want to return my order?

If you want to return your order, Calvin Klein has a return policy that allows for qualified merchandise to be returned in unused condition within 90 days. There is a flat rate of $9.95 for return shipping is deducted from the refund. The buyer receives the credit at the original point of purchase. If the wrong item has been sent, it is important to contact Calvin Klein’s customer service before doing the return. This way, the return fee does not fall on you, but instead on the company.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a delay in the refund process. The high volume plus the added safety measures in place at the warehouse due to COVID-19 extended the normal 7-14 day timeframe from processing returns. Calvin Klein promises to notify the customer by email once the return is processed.

Calvin Klein Leather Jacket

I have other questions about ordering from Calvin Klein.
Where should I go?

For any other questions, Calvin Klein has a FAQ website that answers questions about refunds, orders, and returns. If you want to talk to someone in customer service, you can give them a ring at 866.513.0513 or fill out a Contact form on their website.

Calvin Klein Jackets

Calvin Klein has many different options for you to peruse if you want to buy a leather jacket there. The prices range, going as high as $500 regularly priced. If you are shopping during a sale, we have seen prices as low as $175. Calvin Klein also carries faux leather jackets that cost less. We’ll highlight both a real leather jacket and a faux leather jacket below.

  1. Leather biker jacket - This men’s jacket is supple in real premium leather. It is made with biker-inspired styling. The jacket features a sherpa collar, an asymmetric full zip closure, and adjustable belted straps at the back sides. It has long sleeves, shoulder epaulets, and zip cuffs. There is a chest zip pocket as well as side zip pockets. The regular price of their leather biker jacket comes in just under $500, but during sales, we have seen it at $175.
  2. Faux leather moto jacket - This women’s jacket is faux leather, making it less costly than a real leather jacket. The trade-off is not having real leather, but if you have a smaller budget, you may want to give this jacket a try. The jacket full-priced is around $130 and discounted we have seen at $90. Their faux leather moto jacket is vegan-friendly and is a sleek faux leather. It features a smooth feel and classic moto styling. The design of this jacket has a point collar and an asymmetric zip front closure. There are also zip cuffs and angled side zip pockets, silvertone hardware, and an adjustable belted hem. There are also shoulder epaulets and zip cuffs as well as side zip pockets. This jacket even has topstitching and seaming details.

Other than the Calvin Klein website, you can find their jackets through websites such as Amazon. Calvin Klein has its own store on Amazon, where you can browse for more options than what may be available on their site. Shopping for Calvin Klein through Amazon is the same as when you’re shopping on Amazon for anything else. For Prime members, there may even be free shipping and returns, which you can see when you are looking at the jacket.

Caring for your Calvin Klein leather jacket

After you have purchased your Calvin Klein leather jacket, taking good care of it is crucial. It increases the longevity of the jacket, meaning more time with the jacket that you love.

When it comes to general jacket care, our blog has a few articles about caring for and storing your leather jacket. Take a look at those for some general guidelines. Each jacket will have its own care instructions based on the jacket material. Always reference those instructions for specifics and the best way to care for your jacket.

PHYSICAL - The Admiral Moto

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PHYSICAL - The Technical Bomber


What are others saying about Calvin Klein leather jackets?

A great way to see if you want to invest in a Calvin Klein leather jacket is to see what other customers are saying. Generally, people who purchased Calvin Klein jackets are happy with them. Some of the top comments involve the workmanship and the quality of the leather. Calvin Klein is a known brand for a reason, and it does not disappoint. Their jackets have been rated as top 10 in places such as best choice reviews. The Calvin Klein website has a section where they allow customers to write their own reviews right on the site. If you scroll down to the bottom of the product page, you can find reviews of the product that were previously written. We always recommend reading through those before buying. If you are not in a store physically and are online ordering, reviews help you get a better feel for the jacket and details that the description might not give you. It can also help if the jacket runs big or small so that you get the right size.

What is the best occasion to wear a Calvin Klein leather jacket?

Leather jackets are a versatile piece of outerwear. They help protect against a fall or spring chill in the air or even a cool evening summer breeze. In the winter, depending on where you live, you need something a bit thicker to protect you from the elements. If it isn’t too cold, you can layer underneath your leather jacket and wear it in the winter as well.

When it comes to styling, you can use your Calvin Klein leather jacket for various occasions, from casual to an evening out.

What should I look out for if I want to purchase a Calvin Klein leather jacket?

If you have decided to purchase a Calvin Klein leather jacket, there are two things that you should look out for:

  1. The material - As we mentioned before, Calvin Klein has both real leather jackets as well as faux leather jackets. Keep an eye out and make sure that whatever jacket you do purchase is the material that you want.
  2. Sales and discounts - If we learned anything about Calvin Klein jackets while doing our research, it is that there are sales that you should keep an eye out for. Not only did we see sales on the site itself, but we also saw articles mentioning great deals. For those who are budget conscious, or if you just want to save a little when you buy, waiting out for a sale might be your best move. There is always a risk with this - you could lose out on the jacket altogether. But, if you are a little more flexible and determined to have a Calvin Klein leather jacket for a lower cost, waiting out for a sale may be the route you want to take. Calvin Klein regularly has coupons and promotions running and even has a page of their site dedicated to it. On the bottom left of their page, you can go to Coupons to see if any specials are running that will lower the cost of your leather jacket (or any other Calvin Klein product you may get!). If you’re a first responder or a student, there are blanket discounts - 20% for first responders and 10% for students.

Calvin Klein also has a loyalty program, where you can earn points when you spend. The points can be redeemed on the site towards your purchases.

Does Calvin Klein have custom jackets?

If you have been following our blog for some time, you know that one of our favorite things, other than leather jackets, is custom leather jackets. We love the ability to make the best piece of outerwear unique to you. While Calvin Klein has great leather jackets, they do not have custom options. If you want to go custom, other companies, such as Independence Brothers, can help you with that. If you need a starting point, we have written about the beauty of a bespoke jacket and where you can shop for them on our blog. Don’t forget that Independence Brothers specializes in custom leather jackets that are affordable, and we always have people that can help you when it comes to creating and picking out that perfect jacket.

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Conclusion

Calvin Klein is a company that is steeped in fashion history. They have come a long way from being a small shop in New York City. The name, the brand, and the products carry a reputation with them as one of quality. As long as the jacket fits your fashion sense, you can’t go wrong with the product itself, as you know it will be high quality. Calvin Klein is a good investment when it comes to leather jackets. They may have fewer options than other leather jacket companies and no custom options, but they make great jackets. Consider what you are looking for in your leather jacket purchase and if Calvin Klein matches with it. If it does, then we say go for it! We hope this article has helped give you a good idea of Calvin Klein: the company, their history, how they got to where they are now, their jackets, and the ins and outs of buying from them.

When it comes to leather jackets, we always say to make that purchase and fully support it. Leather jackets are some of our favorite things and the perfect piece of outerwear across seasons and occasions. You can dress it up, dress it down, and build layers underneath. The options are endless!

Wherever you get your leather jacket, we hope you love it as much as we do. To us, leather jackets become an extension of yourself and another wonderful way to express your style and personality. It’s the first thing people see and it tells a story about who you are as a person. So, happy shopping! And know that those of us at Independence Brothers are always here to help with any questions along your leather jacket shopping journey.


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