Kenneth Cole Celebrates Book Launch with South Florida Appearance


Text by Lisa Birnbach with contributions by President Bill Clinton, Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert Redford, Mark Seliger & Joe Zee

All proceeds to benefit amfAR

NEW YORK, NY (November 2013) – This is a Kenneth Cole Production examines the past three decades of designer Kenneth Cole’s life – from his earliest days learning the shoe business from his father to building his empire into a brand powerhouse – both in the fashion industry and in the public eye. Electing to live a life of conscience, and to build a company that helps support important social causes, Kenneth Cole is a truly original yet classic American success story. All book proceeds will be donated to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

Untitled-1Kenneth Cole distinguished himself in the fashion world for footwear and fashion that captures a young, ‘very New York’ urban style, but also through his passionate social activism and the provocative way he has used fashion advertising as a platform for this discourse. With bracing wit, irreverence and uncommon courage, his ads speak out in support of the HIV/AIDS community, gun control, same-sex marriage, and the homeless. Kenneth Cole ads have raised substantial awareness about these and other critical social issues, and also have garnered some lively hate mail as well — all of which is explored in this book with the passion and humor for which Cole is known. Fans are offered insight on how Kenneth Cole followed his heart into fashion after his unprecedented start-up, and how he has used this platform to help generate true change in society.

About the Contributors:

Lisa Birnbach is best known for coauthoring the New York Times best-seller The Official Preppy Handbook. Bill Clinton served two terms as the 42nd President of the United States. Diane von Furstenberg is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer. Robert Redford is an American actor, film director, and philanthropist. Mark Seliger is a celebrated portrait photographer. Joe Zee is an internationally acclaimed stylist, and the creative director of Elle.

Serial rights are available; please contact if you are interested in an excerpt. Credit for the book must read: © This is a Kenneth Cole Production, Rizzoli New York, 2013. Images, which may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the publisher, are available to accompany your coverage, and are to be credited on a case by case basis. For information please contact Karina Atala of TARA, Ink. at 305.864.3434 x 153 or

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