Thom Browne is a New York based men's fashion designer. After graduating Notre Dame, Browne moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting. Though he landed a few commercials, he wasn't terribly successful. He realized his true calling was in fashion, and in 1997 moved to New York. His first job was as a salesman in Giorgio Armani's showroom; he moved to Club Monaco's design and merchandising departments before launching his own label in 2001.
Browne's designs are something of a throwback to a pre-business casual era: New York Magazine has described his work as evoking "a fetishized, black-and-white-movie masculinity." The Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Browne 2006 Menswear Designer of the Year. Browne designs with a very specific impression in mind: "It's a very nice, very Continental, very charming world," he says.
Question: How should men dress?
Thom Browne: In a bigger picture, I feel like more guys should just have more confidence with being more of an individual and not being so cookie cutter and being so . . . so almost commercial. And have a true sense of style as opposed to really having to open up a magazine and think like, “Oh I guess I . . . I’m supposed to look like this.” Like really a true . . . The most inspiring thing to me is to see somebody . . . even if I don’t even like what it is . . . somebody that really has a true sense of their own personal style. And that’s pretty much what I would . . . I would love to see in more guys.