Born in Pennsylvania in 1965, Thom Browne graduates from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a business degree. After attempting to be an actor, he embarks on a fashion career in 1997 by working with a tailor in New York. His early experiences include Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren at Club Monaco. In 2001 he opens a bespoke tailoring shop in New York City’s Tribeca. His style, rooted in a truly American sensibility and inspired by icons of the late 1950s and early 1960s, updates classic silhouettes with unexpected proportions. Having gained a solid reputation for the distinctive structure and fit of his suits, he introduces his ready-to-wear collection in 2004. The success is immediate: in 2005 he wins a CFDA mentorship and he is awarded CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2006.
The same year he is approached by Brooks Brothers to guest design its new Black Fleece collection. This is followed by a collaboration with Harry Winston on a men jewelry collection in 2007 and a partnership with French skiwear company Moncler in 2008 to design Gamme Bleu, the men’s counterpart to its upscale women’s line, Gamme Rouge.
In 2010, he sets himself the challenge to translate his tailored-retro aesthetic into womenswear and presents an engaging first women’ collection.