Anne Klein is born a Leo on August 3rd in Brooklyn, her given name is Hannah Golofsky.
Anne wins a scholarship to attend the famous 3737 A year later, she’s sketching School for Fashion professionally on Seventh Avenue.
Petites Grows Up
Anne goes to work for Varden Petites and elevates junior clothing from frilly “little girl” looks to a refined, grown up aesthetic.
Learning from a Legend
Anne designs women’s fashions for legend Maurice Rentner just as ready-to-wear becomes vogue.
With her husband, Ben Klein, Anne develops the first modern, sophisticated fashion line for young women.
Her new mix-and-match blazers, skirts, and dresses start a major trend and make Anne Klein synonymous with interchangeability and versatility.
Anne wins the Mademoiselle Merit Award, the first of many design honors to come.
First Coty Award
Anne receives the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics Award, confirming her place as the new star of American fashion.
The Neiman-Marcus Award recognizes fashion design leadership worldwide Anne receives her first in 1959.
Anne is one of a select group to receive an American Creativity Award from one of the leading retailers of the period.
Making Her Way
With the establishment of her own freelance design studio, Anne begins to fundamentally change how women dress, and becomes a major influence on modern American style.
First given to Albert Einstein, the famous Lord & Taylor Award honoring independent thinking is presented to Anne Klein.
Anne Becomes a Brand
Anne forms Anne Klein and Company with the mission to create elegant sportswear for the modern American woman and changes how women think about and buy clothing. For her new label, Anne sketches a logo based on her astrological sign. The design goes on to become one of the most iconic and recognizable trademarks in the world.
First to be Twice
Anne becomes the first designer to repeat as a Neiman Marcus Fashion Leadership Award winner.
First designer Shop
Saks Fifth Avenue launches the free-standing Anne Klein Corner, a prototype for designer fashion retailing common today.
Hall of Fame
The Coty Awards name the eighth designer in 28 years to the Coty Hall of Fame: Anne Klein.
Battle Of Versailles
Top American designers, including Anne, upstage their French contemporaries at the legendary Versailles fashion show to shift the balance of fashion influence to New York.
The Legagcy lives On
Following Anne’s death, design assistants Donna Karan and Louis Dell’Ollio interpret Anne’s vision, the first of many prominent designers to perpetuate the iconic style.
New extensions begin the development of a full lifestyle brand.
Dressed to Lead
Anne Klein dresses women to succeed with suits, separates and accessories that work from day into night - sophisticated designs that are as effortless as they are empowering.
Anne Klein is immortalized by the Fashion Walk of Fame with a plaque on Seventh Avenue where she began a revolution in American fashion.
Continued Creative Leadership
Anne Klein maintains its legacy under various leading designers including Richard Tyler, Patrick Robinson, Kaufman & Franco, Charles Nolan Isabel Toledo and Sharon Lombardo.
The brand celebrates 50 years in business, while entering a licensing partnership with Steven Madden for footwear and handbags.
Uniting with Anne's Granddaughter
In 2020, the iconic fashion brand unites with Anne Klein’s granddaughter, Jesse Rubinstein
On April 20, 2020, Jesse joins Anne Klein to launch its COVID-19 Relief efforts
Jesse Rubinstein presents Anne Klein at NYFW 2020
Image and Impact
Our mission is equal parts image – serving working women around the world with classic American style – and impact – supporting the causes and communities she holds dear and empowering her ability to make positive change in the world.
We partner with actress and activist, Ilfenesh Hadera and African Services Committee, a multiservice, human rights organization dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees and asylees from across the African Diaspora
Inspiring the Next Generation
Our impact partners in the Fall of 2022 are Golden Globe winning actress Gina Rodriguez and the Fashion Scholarship Fund
Our impact partners in the Spring of 2022 are supermodel Joan Smalls and Girls Inc.