Thomas Jacob aka "Tommy" Hilfiger born in 1951 is an American fashion designer founder of Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.
He started his career by co-founding a chain of clothing and record stores in New York in the 1970s and began designing preppy sportswear for his own eponymous menswear line in the 1980s.
Opened in 1971 as People’s Place, the first store was located in downtown Elmira and had a hair salon, a record shop, and rock concerts in the basement. Hilfiger and his friends would drive to New York City to buy clothing. Unsatisfied with the clothing he bought from other suppliers, Hilfiger began sketching his own designs.
Despite its initial success the People's Place went bankrupt in 1977, when Hilfiger was 25.
In 1985 he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation with support from an investment company. The new clothing line made its debut with a high-profile marketing campaign like large billboard in Times Square.
In 2010 Hilfiger sold his company to Phillips-Van Heusen. Hilfiger remains the company’s principal designer, leading the design teams and overseeing the entire creative process.
In 1995 Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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