Michael Kors

Michael Kors


8/9/1959, Long Island, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Karl Anderson, Jr.


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Michael was born Karl Anderson, Jr. in Long Island, New York on August 9, 1959. Michael attended The Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied fashion design. At age 19 he began his fashion career designing and merchandising a collection for the boutique Lothar's in New York City.…more


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    • Michael: If you go into a fitting room to try something on and can't think of more than a few situations when you would actually wear the item, it's not worth the money. Find the less expensive version.

    • Michael Kors: I never wear a belt. And never, ever tuck your shirt into shorts with a belt.

    • Michael Kors: (about Jessica Simpson) Jessica is a great friend and she's kind of a muse. She's the all-American girl but she's got a little edge to her.

    • Michael Kors: I wear the same thing every day. I always pack two black jackets, loads of black T-shirts, loads of white jeans. I feel a little fresh and glamorous and graphic.

    • Michael Kors: (about Project Runway) Fashion people are, by nature, an entertaining lot, so you don't have to work hard to make great television.

    • Michael Kors: Many Americans just think of fashion as...well, body covering. Shopping. Same thing as lunch.

    • Michael Kors: There's still this puritanical thing in the back of a lot of Americans' minds. You're not even supposed to admit that you like fashion, let alone are willing to play with it and indulge in it.

    • Michael Kors: The biggest element is confidence. Americans are always a little bit insecure.

    • Michael Kors: When I was growing up, I had a fascination with things French. I was 12, and I was dreaming of going to Paris.

    • Michael Kors: Michael clothes are clothes we live in every day.

    • Michael Kors: Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.

    • Michael Kors: We've got to sell some fantasy. A little escapism never hurt anyone.

    • Michael Kors: If I ever get stumped, I just think about the women I know and what's missing from their wardrobes and try to come up with a solution.

    • Michael Kors (on the woman he designs for): She is a woman of any age, any nationality, and who is fashion-conscious without being a fashion victim.

    • Michael Kors: I am the oldest young designer in New York City.