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: Can men be both masculine and fashionable?
Thom Browne: I would hope that they are masculine in being fashionable. I mean for me the worst thing is actually seeing some guy that looks like he’s wearing fashion. And fashion for me is something is . . . that is vey timelessly designed; something that is . . . that is very masculine. So I think it should really go hand-in-hand. I think if a guy is looking fashionable and not masculine, then I think he should maybe go home and change.
Recorded on: 10/29/07