The story of Thom Browne
by Mathias Stering on Sep 28, 2022
Few fashion designers have as strong a signature as THOM BROWNE's legendary suits, whose blazers with a tailored feel are daring yet still wearable, and are matched with matching shorts, resulting in a rebellious feel to an otherwise classic look. The suits are always worn with a white oxford shirt, gray tie with matching tie pins, and classic black bourgies on the feet.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Thom took a somewhat circuitous path into the world of fashion. After studying economics at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, his short-lived acting dreams took him on a trip to Los Angeles. After that, Thom got his first job in the fashion industry in Giorgio Armani's showroom. A couple of years later, Ralph Lauren caught sight of one of Thom's signature suits and handpicked him to Polo for a position as a designer. However, in 2001 Thom left his job to start his own label THOM BROWNE, and two years later he opened his first store for tailored suits in New York. In 2006 he was presented at New York Fashion Week, and the following year he was named designer of the year by GQ.
THOM BROWNE's venture into eyewear began in 2011 when Thom entered into a partnership with his friends Jeff Solorio and John Junipers, also the founders and owners of DITA Eyewear. They had discovered that they all shared too similar a passion for perfection, high quality materials and innovative craftsmanship not to see if they could do something together, and their collaboration continues to this day.
THOM BROWNE's frames are made in Japan by expert craftsmen from the best possible acetate and metal to give each frame an elegance and feel of the highest quality. The collections are characterized by a very clean and stripped-down design, which combines both the classically timeless with the modern and elegant, to always result in a feeling of quality and exclusivity.