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: What is going on in men’s fashion that excites you?
Thom Browne: You know I’ll say I don’t really keep up with what’s going on in men’s fashion. I really . . . I do my own thing, and I almost do it in a way to . . . to keep it . . . keep it easy for myself. I always feel like if you know too much of what’s going on, you sometimes are subconsciously inspired. Or you know you’re maybe drawn in a direction that isn’t really yours. So in a way I think ignorance is bliss, because if you don’t know what’s going on, you pretty much just do what you wanna do, and it keeps it very pure to what you are, or who you are.
Recorded on: 10/29/07