Calvin Klein Defy

Calvin Klein, Inc. and Calvin Klein Fragrances, a division of Coty Inc., have revealed the worldwide global advertising campaign for Calvin Klein Defy, the first stand-alone men’s fragrance from the brand in nearly 10 years, featuring award-winning actor Richard Madden as the face of this new chapter within the Calvin Klein fragrance portfolio.

The campaign video features Madden in a series of vulnerable, self-reflecting and authentic moments that culminate into a courageous leap of faith, a symbolic metaphor for personal defiance and daring to take risks. The accompanying still visual translates the powerful essence of the campaign featuring Madden in iconic Calvin Klein jeans and a timeless Calvin Klein white t-shirt. The fragrance and campaign embrace a journey of defiance while exploring authentic truths and the contrasts within.

“It’s been an exciting opportunity to partner with Calvin Klein on this new launch for Calvin Klein Fragrances” said Madden. “Making the Calvin Klein Defy campaign was an amazing experience; I’m excited about this partnership and our work together.”

The Calvin Klein Defy fragrance features a daring contrast of invigorating freshness and powerful woods. Crafted by Master Perfumer Anne Flipo and Senior Perfumers Pascal Gaurin and Loc Dong of IFF, the fragrance defies expectations and evokes the ethos of the campaign opening with an addictive blend of citrus highlighted by crisp Bergamot and fresh Lavender Absolute. The heart of the fragrance and star ingredient, Vetiver Oil, is responsibly sourced from Haiti, and provides a vibrant earthiness and irresistible rugged texture that complements a rich and alluring base of Amber notes.


The masculine and woody fresh scent is captured in a modern and minimalist glass bottle carved with curved rounded edges and sharp linear lines, representing the duality of vulnerability and courage on the path to defiance. The cap and carton pay homage to Calvin Klein jeans with a matte textured blue denim inspired embossed finish and striking silver branding.

Calvin Klein Defy will be available in the US beginning in August at Macy’s.



Christine Schott Ledes
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