Thom Browne, President, Chief Executive & Creative Officer, Thom Browne New York, is in conversation with Alex Badia, Men's Fashion Editor, WWD & Fashion Director, M.
Thom Browne is particular but not fussy. He likes his shirts washed and dried, but not pressed. He never buttons down his button-down shirts. Yet all of his clothes—jackets, trousers, sweaters and shirts—are meticulously hand-made in familiar fabrics and cut for a young-minded person. He likes using grosgrain under the working buttons of jacket sleeves, sometimes on the lapels and trimmings of the jacket, even the inside of the hem of the pants. The lapels are narrow, and the jackets and trousers are cropped. That is what fashion is to him–the attention to detail and the craftsmanship. It’s about the individual, and for the wearer to enjoy. He believes that fashion should feel natural.
Mr. Browne began his business in 2001 with five suits and by appointment only. In Spring/Summer 2004, he introduced his ready-to-wear collection for men. His traditionally based hand-made suits have evolved into designs that have drawn attention from the fashion and design industry worldwide.
In 2006, contracts were engaged with Brooks Brothers to design Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, a capsule collection for men and women, and with Harry Winston to design a men’s collection of jewelry. In 2009, a collaboration with Moncler was introduced.
A full collection for women was launched in 2011 along with a collection of eyewear for both men and women.
Mr. Browne was honored with the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.