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Photo: Ed Kavishe, Fashion Wire Press
Born Karl Anderson, Jr.
August 9, 1959 (age 54)
Long Island, New York, United States
Ethnicity Jewish mother
Education Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
Occupation Fashion designer
Net worth Increase US$1.0 billion (February 2014)
Spouse(s) Lance LePere (since 2011)
Parents Joan Hamburger
1999 CFDA award for womenswear designer of the year
2003 CFDA award for menswear designer of the year
Michael Kors (born Karl Anderson, Jr.; August 9, 1959) is a New York City-based fashion designer widely known for designing classic American sportswear for women. He is Honorary Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited (KORS).
Kors had an affinity for fashion since he was very young. His mother thought it might have had to something to do with the fact that he was exposed to the apparel industry through her modeling career. Michael even designed his mother's wedding dress for her second marriage at the age of five. As a teen, Kors began designing clothes and selling them out of his parents' basement, which he renamed the Iron Butterfly. In 1977, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. However, he dropped out after only nine months and took a job at a boutique across from Bergdorf Goodman on 57th Street, where he was given a small space to sell his designs. Shortly after, Dawn Mello, the fashion director at Bergdorf, discovered Kors. She asked if he would show his collection to Bergdorf Goodman's buyers and he has had his collection ever since. In 1981, Kors launched the Michael Kors womenswear line at Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor,...