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 the joy in what you do?
Thom Browne: Oh I think I’m one of those boring people that I do love it every day, because it is something that is . . . When I look back, I should’ve been doing this . . . or I should’ve wanted to do it really for my whole life, because it is something that I’m . . . I’m very . . . Or I love doing it, but I’m also very confident in actually being able to do it. And that’s a really . . . that’s a really good feeling. And then also too sometimes people ask, you know, what luxury is; and luxury is exactly that, I think – like really being able to wake up and do what you love doing and actually make a living at it.
Recorded on: 10/29/07