Thom Browne Most Unusual Frames
About Thom Browne
Thom Browne is an American fashion designer, the founder and head of design for Thom Browne, a New York City-based menswear and womenswear brand.
Thom Browne was born in 1965 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the son of two attorneys and one of seven siblings. He was the handsome nonconformist of his Catholic family. His father bought his suits mostly at the venerable Brooks Brothers (now revitalized by Browne’s Black Fleece label). “The last thing my father ever thought about was clothing,” he recalled. “He just always had a suit on. That was his uniform. And, thinking back, it’s very similar to how I think. And I think about my father a lot lately and never thought I would in regard to work.”
In 1997 Thom Browne moved to New York for a job as a salesman in Giorgio Armani. 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. Thus, Browne spent several years at Club Monaco leading its design department before launching his own label.
Thom Browne Style – it is all about the person
“I never liked things to be too perfect. I like them to be perfectly made.”
Thom Browne’s sense of style—for men and women, or interchangeably both—is thus almost beside the point. “I don’t really equate style with clothes,” he concluded in his best Zen-like manner. “I equate it with the person who’s wearing the clothes.”
His re-invention of the staple men’s suit began in earnest more than a decade ago in radical rebuke to what Guy Trebay of The**New York Times calls “the late 20th century slob-fest” of casual Fridays. “I thought the worst thing you could ever do to a guy was to tell him he could go to work casually,” he explained. “I like the idea of something that’s classic and a uniform—but it’s really important not to make it boring.”
“My suit isn’t for everyone,” he continued in his gentlemanly way. “I recognize that. I mean, each to his own.”
“Simple and classic is the way I think most people should look, especially guys,” he added. “But I never liked things to be too perfect. I like them to be perfectly made.”
Thus, it has become the reason why the fastidious Mr. Browne’s habitual white shirt is always a bit rumpled, hinting at the throwaway.