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Calvin Klein's new ads irk Warnaco's Wachner

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The U.S. Department of Justice may not have any quarrel with Calvin Klein's November underwear ad campaign featuring a splayed-leg Joel West (AA, Oct. 30), but Linda Wachner, president of Warnaco, which owns and makes the underwear, does. Ms. Wachner told Women's Wear Daily the "ad isn't in keeping with everything Warnaco is doing." Through a spokesman, Ms. Wachner said, "Calvin Klein is a creative genius, and I have no question [in future campaigns] we'll see great advertising that sells products and conforms to highest standards of good taste." The ads, created in-house, mark Calvin Klein's first appearance in Playboy, in the December issue.

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