Phillips-Van Heusen, the parent company for Van Heusen apparel, is the world's largest shirt company, based in Manhattan, New York and in charge of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and IZOD, among other top fashion names. It all began when John M. Van Heusen and Isaac Phillips met and formed the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, receiving a patent for a self-folding collar in 1919. Its release in 1929 as part of the first line of Van Heusen dress shirts was remarkably successful, and advertising Van Heusen oxford shirts through celebrities such as Mickey Rooney, Charleton Heston and Ronald Reagan helped the company gain wide recognition throughout the United States beginning in 1939. By 1991, Van Heusen had become America's top-selling dress shirt brand.
When Phillips-Van Heusen acquired IZOD in 1995, that time also marked great diversification in the Van Heusen label, adding Van Heusen polo and other Van Heusen shirts to the brand listing. In the meantime, the other half of Van Heusen's separates line, including dress pants, slacks and trousers had developed quietly in the background. There is a reason that Van Heusen dress shirts are still the top seller at American department stores: Van Heusen's high quality business shirts provide you with on-trend seasonal patterns and colors, plus a choice of either contemporary European styles or traditional, timeless selections.
It's impossible to understand the scope of the Valentino brand until you've gotten acquainted with the man who brought it to life: Valentino Garavani. Valentino became interested in fashion as early as his primary school years in Italy, and he moved to Paris at 17 to pursue an education in the industry. From there, each new job gave him the opportunity to sketch and design, until he returned to Italy in 1959. He opened a fashion house in Rome, debuting his first collection in Florence in 1962 which featured elegant white pleats and his signature red Valentino dresses, all received as an enthusiastic success.