Kenneth Cole is a renowned American designer and humanitarian known for being on the frontline of fashion trends and AIDS awareness. A business that began over 25 years ago out of the back of a 40- foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion at lightning speed and set the standards for others to meet. With nearly 100 Kenneth Cole stores in the US and 80 internationally, Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions.
As Chairman to The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and a founding board member to the homeless organization HELP USA, Cole has made it his business to fuse fashion with social action. Cole is also a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and The Sundance Institute. Kenneth Cole Productions is a full lifestyle, dual gender brand. Cole goes far beyond lending his name to a line of clothing and accessories. He is the ultimate driving force behind all the brands and the company’s creative director in all areas from design to marketing. (from Kenneth Cole bio October 2011)