Early Years

Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his teens, Ford moved to New York and enrolled at New York University, initially attending courses in art history. He later redirected his studies to concentrate on architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris.

“I probably do have an obsessive personality, but striving for perfection has served me well.”

Gucci Group + beyond.

Between 1990 and 2000, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join Gucci as the company’s womenswear designer, later acquiring the roles of Design Director, then Creative Director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL after their acquisition by Gucci Group.

He was responsible for the design of all product lines, from clothing to perfumes, and for the group’s corporate image, advertising campaigns and store design.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

Stepping out in style.

In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the Tom Ford brand, joined by former Gucci Group President and CEO Domenico de Sole as chairman.

Ford announced his partnership with Macolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses that same year, ranking in the top 3 brands at specialty stores worldwide.

Originally published at tomford.com.

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