Thom Browne has been honoured the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013, the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1965, Thom Browne moved to New York City in 1997. He worked in the Giorgio Armani showroom, eventually leading to a position in the creative department of Club Monaco, where he stayed until launching his label. Believing that the modern ubiquity of casual dress lends the wearing of suits a sort of subversive edge, Browne has claimed as his signature impeccably-tailored suits in traditional wools and flannels, each with updated proportions. Initially shocking to the fashion world, his designs have placed him at the vanguard of menswear. Thom Browne draws much of his inspiration from classic American style but refreshes the cuts with preppy details such as shrunken fits, grosgrain trim, and cropped trousers.
He began his business with five suits and with a small by-appointment-only shop in 2001 and introduced his ready-to-wear collection in 2003. His traditionally based hand-made suits have evolved into collections recognized by museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fashion Museum in Bath. Browne’s innovations in tailoring have been identified with impacting the paradigm of men’s and women’s fashion.
The Thom Browne collections for both men and women are available through Thom Browne stores in New York, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong as well as at luxury designer speciality stores around the world, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Colette and le Bon Marché in Paris, Dover Street Market in London, Tokyo and New York, Mr. Porter, Selfridges in London and Isetan, Hankyu and United Arrows in Tokyo.