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DATE ESTABLISHED: 2001
Renowned for his traditional tailor-made suits, Thom Browne founded his brand in 2001 in a small appointment-only shop based in New York city. His label has since transformed into a globally celebrated men’s and women’s wear brand, which revolutionises the modern suave silhouette and brings contemporary twists to refined vintage classic styles. Many of his collections are housed in museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fashion Museum in Bath.
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in a strict Roman Catholic household as the middle child of seven, fashion wasn’t initially on Browne’s agenda. After undertaking a business degree at the University of Notre Dame, he moved to Los Angeles in 1988 to try his hand at acting, during which he discovered a gift for altering vintage men’s tailoring with Johnson Hartig, now the co-designer of Libertine. After deciding Hollywood was not his true calling, Browne moved to New York in 1997 to work in sales for Giorgio Armani. He was then taken on by Club Monaco, at the time owned by Polo Ralph Lauren. Believing in Browne’s potential, Lauren offered him a position as part of Club Monaco’s design and merchandising team.
With limited funds as an emerging designer, Browne started off by creating five suits for himself, which quickly garnered popularity among his friends and contacts and eventually resulted in the launch of his namesake label.
In 2003 Thom Browne opened his made to measure store in New York and a ready-to-wear collection, quickly followed by a presentation at New York Fashion Week in 2004. Gaining worldwide recognition with a career spanning just over a decade, he has been aptly honoured with multiple prestigious design awards including the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2006, 2013 and 2016, the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012. As a household name in menswear, Browne made an audacious move in 2011 by launching a womenswear collection at New York Fashion Week.
Browne has had numerous major collaborations with some of the most respected fashion houses in the industry, including Brooks Brothers and Moncler Gamme Bleu. In 2013 he was selected by Michelle Obama to custom make a coat dress for her husband’s second presidential inauguration, firmly securing his reputation as one of fashion’s most sought-after designers.
Thom Browne collections for both men and women are available through Thom Browne stores in New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Paris, Beijing and Hong Kong as well as at luxury designer department stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, New York; Barneys, New York; Harrods, London; IT Apparel, Asia; Ssense; Apartment Number Nine, Chicago; End Clothing, UK; 10 Corso Como, Seoul, Shanghai and Gangnam; Le Bon Marché, Paris; Lane Crawford; Forward By Elyse Walker, US; Dover Street Market, London, Tokyo and New York; Mr. Porter; Luisa Via Roma; The Webster; La Garconne; Selfridges, London; Isetan Hankyu, Tokyo; Antonioli, Milan; Liberty, London, Mytheresa and United Arrows in Tokyo.