Mr Kors began his career in fashion at the age of 19 designing and merchandising a collection for the renowned boutique Lothar’s in New York city. The success of these clothes caught the attention of the fashion press, prompting Michael Kors to strike out on his own. In 1981 the Michael Kors label was formed; since his collection was established, it has never strayed from Kors’ initial vision of chic, luxurious American sportswear.
In 2001, Michael Kors launched accessories under his collection label. Today, the line includes a full range of women’s handbags, shoes, belts and eyewear. In 2002, the company launched a full scale men’s collection.
Michael Kors received Dupont's ‘first American original’ award in 1983, and the elle/cadillac fashion award for excellence in 1995. In 1996 he was named by vogue magazine part of the ‘new establishment’ – and referred to as ‘one of the most influential designers of the decade’. In June of 2010, Mr Kors was the youngest recipient ever of the Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award from the CFDA.