Tommy Ton Justin Chung

Tommy Ton

Founder, jakandjil.com

He was among the first street style photographers to capture the vivid details and wardrobes of fashion insiders around the world.

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He was among the first street style photographers to capture the vivid details and wardrobes of fashion insiders around the world.

Tommy Ton's live mosaic

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Biography

The eagle-eyed Tommy Ton is a Canadian photographer known for his fashion blog Jak & Jil, and his street style coverage of fashion weeks for Style.com and GQ.com.

When Ton was 13 years old, he was asked to record a television show, which featured Tom Ford, by his sister. Ford, who was expressing his views on gender and sexuality impressed Ton and sparked the young Canadian’s interest in fashion.

At 15, he interned with a local fashion designer Wayne Clark, which led to Ton’s first job in the women’s accessory department of Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. Whilst working in the women’s accessory department Ton in turn impressed Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion direction of Holt Renfrew, who secured him a job in the department store’s buying office.

In 2005, encouraged by the rise of online magazines, Ton launched Jak & Jil, a website originally intended to be a lifestyle publication featuring products and people from Toronto. Ton’s snapshots of stylish Torontonians were particularly well received and soon became the focus of the site, which gradually evolved into a street style blog.

Ton’s big photographic break came when Hong Kong-based department store chain Lane Crawford asked him to shoot the store’s S/S 2009 campaign. In the 2009 A/W season Ton was asked to sit front-row at Dolce & Gabbana, along with fellow fashion bloggers Bryanboy, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman. Publications such as The New York Times and The Boston Globe soon began requesting and running his photographs.

Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen asked Ton to take over from Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, covering fashion week street style for the website.

Career

  • Jakandjil.com
    Jakandjil.com

    2005 - Present, Toronto, Canada

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