KTV caught up with Thom Browne at Fashion For Action to discuss his involvement with the charity Housing Works, his unique trousers, fashion 101 for men, and what he has coming up with his mens & womens collection, Moncler and Brooks Brothers. Take a look! Music by the Doppelgangaz.
Thom Browne, of the short trousers fame, is on a bit of a roll. Not only have his last few impeccably tailored, eponymous collections gone down a storm, he’s also taken over the helm at Moncler Gamme Bleu and he’s about to launch his first ever womenswear collection.
Browne, in short, is hot fashion property. It was only natural then, that we took time out to meet the man himself on his recent trip to London.
Charming, dapper and teeny tiny, the man singlehandedly responsible for freezing ankles around the world was everything we’d hoped for and more. Watch our interview with him to find out what’s next for the current king of fashion, and why his clothes are just so pricey.
Japan’s Cross Company has raised its stake in Thom Browne to 67 percent as the New York-based designer reverses his reluctance to cede control of his brand.
The men’s designer, known for his cropped pants and lean tailoring, first teamed up with Cross this summer when the Japanese company took a 20 percent stake in his company at an undisclosed price. At that time, Cross president Yasuharu Ishikawa said he would be open to eventually increasing his company’s stake in the business.
Browne and Cross also established a new company called Thom Browne Japan to oversee the brand’s business here. The two partners plan to open a Thom Browne flagship in Tokyo next year.
Yasuharu Ishikawa made it clear that the increased stake was made to save a brand that they believe in. Apparently the design house — like so many designers during this recession — was in dire financial straits.
Thom Browne, the archtypal zany New Yorker, is set to make a pitch to the Europeans. To paraphrase Sting, he truly is an alien, a legal alien, in Florence… Let’s hope is not confused for the man who designer Michael Jackson’s cropped pants wardrobe!
“Thom Browne, New York’s most theatrical and polarizing men’s wear designer, makes his European debut next week, showing his fall collection at the Pitti Immagine Uomo fair in Florence.
As Pitti’s featured guest designer — an honor bestowed on Walter Van Beirendonck, Adam Kimmel and Kris Van Assche in recent seasons — Browne has an opportunity to reach people in the market who perhaps haven’t seen his New York shows and don’t know what he stands for. So for this season he reconsidered the avant-garde antics and perverse, themed spectacles his New York audiences have come to expect.”
Said Thom Browne of his Women’s Capsule Collection: “I have seen private female customers really from the beginning,” he added “The project with Brooks Bros. pushed me to do it for myself, but I have been wanting to do it for a long time.” The Thom Browne Women’s Capsule Collection will be available at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey New York and Colette in Paris this fall. The Collection reflects Browne’s men’s wear with his signature details such as short, shrunken jackets and trousers that fall above the ankle. If things proceed as planned it won’t be long before the ladies enjoy a full Thom Browne collection.
Alexander McQueen infamously claimed to have scribbled colourful language in the linings of Savile Row bespoke jackets intended for arisocrates including the Prince of Wales. Thom Browne, however, takes a rather more candid approach by lining his white dinner jackets with football-jersey mesh and his gray wool suit jacket with madras madness. Go Thomy!