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 advice do you have for young people?
Thom Browne: I mean thrift stores are always good. You know making sure that it’s just you keep it simple. And you . . . And maybe if you want to buy something, maybe you only need one of . . . you could buy something that’s good, you know. Just purchasing one as opposed to needing so much of it. And the most important thing is just keeping it simple.
Recorded on: 10/29/07