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Born one of nine children in 1951 in New York, Tommy Hilfiger wanted to be a rock star as a child. He and his friends would look at album covers of bands like the Rolling Stones and try to emulate their rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Today, his eponymous brand is often viewed as epitomising the American Dream. His career famously began in 1969 with $150 and 20 pairs of jeans. In 1984, he launched his first collection under his own name. With his distinctive red, white and blue logo and collegiate/Ivy League influences, Tommy presented a preppy version of Americana, which, coupled with his looser sportswear aesthetic, found a surprising new audience in the burgeoning hip-hop scene of the early ‘90s. A new ‘semi-luxe’ line of tailored separates, entitled simply ‘H’, was launched in 2004 and in keeping with his music and fashion influences, Tommy chose to market his new ‘grown-up’ range by asking David Bowie and Iman to appear in it’s ad campaigns. He sites his career highlights to date as the Tommy Hilfier Corporate Foundation and being awarded the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by Anna Wintour in 2012.

Secret obsession? Iconic, American art. My most cherished pieces by Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Keith Haring all hang in our New York apartment. I knew Andy personally and continue to be fascinated by the way he provided a framework for pop culture.


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