This morning, I woke up with one of my favorite menswear designers on my mind. He is an elusive, American designer that has turned menswear on its head with shrunken silhouettes and shorter hems. His pieces are not for wallflowers. You gotta be ballsy and confident to wear his pieces. Some of his pieces may not translate well to the street, but if you’re a true fashionista, you can make them work. Some of my research is common knowledge of him, while other things I had to research a little more (wikipedia). Either way, I am a huge fan of this man and his work. His name is Thom Browne.
Thom Browne is an American fashion designer. He is the founder and head of design for Thom Browne, a New York City-based menswear and womenswear brand. Browne debuted his womenswear collection in 2003.Thom Browne’s only store located in Midtown, New York. I love this store!!!!! I try to go in there every time I’m in New York, even though it’s appointment only.
Thom Browne grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from William Allen High School He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received a degree in economics. He was also a member of the swim team. Following an attempt at acting in Los Angeles, Browne moved to New York City in 1997 for a job as a salesman in Giorgio Armani’s showroom. Browne was picked up by Club Monaco, a brand of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, to lead its creative development team. He worked with the US-American fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Browne spent several years at Club Monaco leading its design department before launching his own label.
On September 8, 2006, Brooks Brothers announced its partnership with Browne as part of a guest designer program to create and distribute a 50-piece men and women’s high-end collection, called Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. Claudio Del Vecchio, Chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers, felt that “Thom Browne’s brilliant eye, his ability to foreshadow the market and offer a special look will bring a new dimension to Brooks Brothers.”
The line appeared exclusively in 30 Brooks Brothers stores worldwide beginning in September 2007. In July 2008, Thom Browne and Brooks Brothers announced their decision to continue their partnership in the Black Fleece collection for another three years. The joint venture proved so successful, Brooks Brothers opened a standalone Black Fleece store located in New York City’s West Village.
In 2008, Browne teamed up with the French sportswear company and down apparel specialist Moncler to design their men’s top line Moncler Gamme Bleu. The men’s collection was launched for winter 2009 after the women’s collection Moncler Gamme Rouge – designed by Alessandra Facchinetti from 2006 to 2008, and thereafter by Giambattista Valli – had proven very successful. Browne’s first collection for Moncler was presented in January 2009 and has since been shown at Milan Fashion week. As with his signature collection that has been presented in a circus setting, an antiquated open plan office or on a tennis court inspired runway, Browne showed his Moncler collections on an artificial ski slope (winter 2009), at the Milanese public indoor swimming pool Piscina Cozzi (summer 2010), and at a military-style barrack mockup (winter 2010).
No matter what he does, he turns design on its head by injecting a sense of fun and innovation into his pieces, especially his tried and true shrunken suit silhouettes (jackets are slightly more fitted and the hems on the pants are shorter) and he takes chances with color and print (which is showcased more in this current collection)and even theme.
His Spring/Summer 2015 collection is based on the movie “Tron” so all of the pieces have a futuristic look and feel to them. Some of the jackets make up of about 60 pattern pieces!!!! I am determined to find one of those jackets and try them on!!!!!! Here’s a look at the collection. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Thom, you are a master at changing the looks of menswear by tweaking things just a bit. By shortening a hem, sharpening a shoulder, or even lifting an armhole higher, you have changed the shape and fit of a great jacket, or pants and you’ve made other menswear designers step up their game. I will always be your fan and I hope to have more pieces of yours in my closet!!!!
Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!