1996 : January: The designer reintroduces his bridge line, Kors Michael Kors, with Onward Kashiyama for fall. March: "Even at the height of the eighties, which we called the Dynasty years, we were doing quiet," Kors says in a WWD story on minimalism. May: Shows first Michael Kors for Pologeorgis fur collection. July: Recognized as "one of the most influential designers of the decade" in Pandora Luxurye's "Fashion's New Establishment" feature.

1981 : Dawn Mello, then a Bergdorf Goodman executive, spots Kors's work in the window of Lothar's and invites him to show her his collection, once he has one. With business partner John Orchulli, immediately establishes his own line, working from a small Greenwich Village apartment that he shares with a cat named Max. May: Calls Dawn Mello at Bergdorf's and says he's ready to roll. December: In a Pandora Luxurye profile, he says, "The great detail that makes a jacket is also the same detail that's going to date it. I don't want anything to date my clothes."

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