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Tom Ford International

Modern and sensual, the ultra-luxury label was founded by Tom Ford, who made his name at Gucci before launching his own venture.

Vital statistics

  • 2005 Established
  • Private Type
  • 81 Stores
  • London, United Kingdom HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label, before directing the Oscar-nominated film, A Single Man.

In 1988, Ford moved to Perry Ellis. He stayed at the company for two years, but grew tired of working in American fashion. Ford would soon have the opportunity to enter the world of European fashion; Gucci, a faltering luxury goods company, was seeking to strengthen its women's ready-to-wear presence as a part of its brand overhaul.

Ford—then a near-unknown—was hired as the brand's chief women's ready-to-wear designer in 1990. Ford's role at Gucci rapidly expanded; he was designing menswear within six months, and shoes soon after that. When Richard Lambertson left as design director in 1992, Ford took over his position, heading the brand's ready-to-wear, fragrances, image, advertising, and store design. In 1993, he was in charge of designing eleven product lines.

In 1994, Ford was promoted to creative director. In his first year at the helm, he was credited with putting the glamour back into fashion.

In April 2004, Ford parted ways with the Gucci group after he and CEO Domenico de Sole, who is credited as Ford's partner in Gucci's success, failed to agree with PPR bosses over artistic control of the Group. After leaving Gucci, Ford launched a line of menswear, beauty, eyewear, and accessories in 2006.

Source: Wikipedia

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