Ann and Gordon Getty Honor Kenneth Cole

Images by Drew Altizer 

San Francisco power couple Ann and Gordon Getty recently honored Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole in celebration of Kenneth’s new book titled: This Is A Kenneth Cole Production | Written by Kenneth Cole and Lisa Birnbach, Contribution by Diane Von Furstenberg, Joe Zee and Bill Clinton (Rizzoli, $75.00, ISBN 9780847839841, September 2013, 256 pages).

The first and definitive book on the fashion of Kenneth Cole and his thirty-year career in fashion and social activism. His advertising campaigns are ubiquitous, and his footwear and fashion design capture New York urban style. Kenneth Cole jump-started his business in fashion in the most unorthodox of ways: he created a film set and pretended to make a film in order to gain access to New York Market Week. In two and a half days, Kenneth Cole Productions sold 40,000 pairs of shoes. Moments like this are par for the course when viewing Cole’s career, a truly original yet classic American success story. A Kenneth Cole Production looks at Cole’s world in fashion, from his earliest days learning the shoe business from his father to building his empire into a brand powerhouse; from creating sought-after shoes and bags to being credited with making basic black the ultimate go-to color for sleek and stylish city garb; and from the origins of his powerful ad campaigns to his vigilant social activism and his significant style and exciting pop-culture contributions to the fashion world.

100% of Kenneth Cole’s profits from this book will be donated to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Buy the book here