A San Francisco native raised by architect parents, Peter Som was influenced by his surroundings, which is evident in his early sketches. With a degree from Parsons School of Design, Som interned for Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, where his talent was recognized. He debuted his women's wear collection in 2001 at Bryant Park, making a statement with his bold yet sophisticated designs. Som was awarded the Isaac Mizrahi Gold Thimble Award while at Parsons, and has since received countless accolades, including nominations for the 2002 and 2004 CFDA Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent, as well as for the 2004 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. A favorite of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, and Camilla Belle, his designs are frequently featured in Harper's Bazaar, VOGUE, W, and Elle. Along with designing his signature collections, Som designs Tommy Hilfiger's elegant runway line and accessories. Som will discuss how he maintains a balance between functionality and elegance throughout his collections.
Peter Som's aesthetic of bold sophistication and eclectic elegance has brought a fresh point of view to the fashion world. The San Francisco native began drawing at a young age -- inspired by his architect parents and the laid-back elegance of hippie-era Bay Area. Som graduated Cum Laude in Art History from Connecticut College in 1993 and continued his studies at Parsons School of Design, where he was a recipient of the Isaac Mizrahi Gold Thimble Award. While at Parsons, he apprenticed with two of America's most revered designers -- Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. After graduating, Som honed his skills in the design room of the legendary Bill Blass.
He debuted his namesake collection at Bryant Park in 2001, putting his mark on the fashion world. Twice nominated for the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent, Som was among the 10 semi-finalists in the first ever prestigious 2004 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative. Currently, Som consults for Tommy Hilfiger, designing the runway clothing and accessories, and in 2011 will introduce a line of luxury home linens and bedding with Sferra. His clothes continue to win accolades from buyers and critics alike and are regularly featured in all major fashion publications globally, including Vogue, W, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle. Som has established himself as a singularly original voice in the world of fashion with his quirky yet classic style.
Fashion designer Peter Som describes what set him apart early in his career and, he says, ultimately contributed to his success. "I kind of knew what I was about," he explains, referring to the "glamorous lady aesthetic" that defined his designs.