Thom Browne: A Short Story

by Chelsea Rose • 28 Nov 2018

There is no mistaking a Thom Browne suit. Narrow lapels cropped jackets and, the cornerstones of Browne design, Browne's ankle-skimming trousers revolutionised menswear and refined the wardrobe of the modern ma. Born in 1965, Browne was a one-time actor before landing himself a job as a salesman in Giorgio Armani's Showroom in New Yorkin 1997. At the Ralph-Lauren-owned Club Monaco, Lauren noticed Browne's creative flair and promptly installed Browne- who has no formal fashion training -in their design and merchandising departments. In 2001 Browne left to start work on his own label the designer would buy old Brooks Brothers' suits from thrift stores and cut them down to resemble the aesthetic he is known for today. Along with his precise approach, Browne was the perfect contender for Brooks Brothers Black Fleece concept (50-piece men and women's high-end collection) in 2006. So successful was the collaboration that Brooks Brothers decided to carry on with Black Fleece until 2011.

"It is so important to be really true to yourself in design, and I am. "

                                          Thom Browne x brooks brothers

Launched in the U.K. in November 2007, Black Fleece is the first capsule collection for the 190-year-old brand by the guest designer. Browne received the 2006 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award was a finalist for the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for 2006 and 2008, and received the Rising Star Award for Menswear by Fashion Group International for 2005 and the runner-up prize of the 2005 CFDA Vogue Fund. in 2008 Browne teamed up with the Italian sportswear company and down apparel specialist Moncler to design their top men's line Moncler Gamme Bleu. In 2011, Browne showcased his first womenswear collection at New York Fashion Week, saying " There is no disconnect [between his womenswear and menswear]- and it all starts with a tailored point of view "


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