Thom Browne

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Thom Browne
Born Thom Browne
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education University of Notre Dame
Occupation Fashion designer
Known for Thom Browne collection
Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers
Moncler Gamme Bleu
Awards Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year in 2013 and 2006
Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award in 2013
National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2012
GQ Designer of the Year in November 2008
Rising Star Award for Menswear by Fashion Group International in 2005
Labels Thom Browne

Thom Browne (born 1965) 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.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

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

The label[edit]

Michelle Obama (center) at the second swearing in of Barack Obama as U.S. President. She wore a Browne silk jacquard coat and dress in a navy checked pattern that, according to Eric Wilson in The New York Times, Browne said was based on "a men’s necktie fabric".[3]
Thom Browne Sunglasses from his eyewear collection.

Browne’s menswear line was created as a response to the broad acceptance of business casual in lieu of formal attire.

A Thom Browne suit is distinctive in structure and fit. The suits are composed of flat front pants with exposed ankles and a jacket that concludes mid-wrist and doesn't cover the backside. They almost always have either two or three buttons, narrow lapels, side vents, and trouser without belt loops. The designer is best known for wearing suits in a range of charcoal-grey colors, always paired with a tie cut from the same fabric, a silver tie clip, a white button down shirt, and black leather dress shoes. Since its début in 2001, the Thom Browne collection has extended into a more complete menswear line with dress shirts, sweaters, ties, underwear, and accessories. Thom Browne can be purchased at avant-garde and luxury retailers around the world and at the flagship store on Hudson Street in TriBeCa.[citation needed] In March 2013, Browne opened his first store outside of the US in Tokyo.


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.[1] 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."[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1][4] 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[5] and thereafter by Giambattista Valli[6] - 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),[7] at the Milanese public indoor swimming pool Piscina Cozzi (summer 2010),[8] and at a military-style barrack mockup (winter 2010).[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c "Thom Browne Branching Out". WWD. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kempt Woman: Thom Browne’s Debutante Debut". The FADER. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Eric (January 21, 2013). "A Fashion First for the Designer Thom Browne at the Inauguration". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ WWD: Moncler Gamme Bleu Men's RTW Fall 2009 (January 19, 2009)
  5. ^ WWD: Facchinetti ending deal with Moncler (December 4, 2007)
  6. ^ Glam Chic: Valli to design for Moncler (January 15, 2008)
  7. ^ Moncler Gamme Bleu By Thom Browne Fall 2009 Collection (January 30, 2009)
  8. ^ Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2010 Presentation By Thom Browne (June 23, 2009)
  9. ^ Moncler Gamme Bleu Fall/Winter 2010 Milan Show (January 20, 2010)
  10. ^ Special Report: Menswear - Skull and Bones (January 19, 2010)

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