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Tommy Hilfiger, his childhood.

Thomas Jacob (Tommy) Hilfiger is the famous founder of Tommy Hilfiger Corporation. He was born in Elmira, New York in 1951. His mother was a nurse and his father a jeweler, and he was the second amongst a big family of nine children. He conducted his studies at the High School for Art and Design, then attended the GST BOCES Bush Campus of Elmira.

Tommy Hilfiger, his early career.

But instead of pursuing his studies, he began to work at 18, buying bell-bottom pants and jeans in New York City, customizing them and reselling them at a higher price in a store named Brown’s in his native region.

Tommy Hilfiger, from bad luck to rebirth.

After having saved 150 dollars, he decided to have his own shop, that he named People’s Place, which became rapidly successful. Unfortunately, it got destroyed by a large flood in 1972. At the age of 25, after 7 years of business, the People’s Place was forced into bankruptcy. A few years later, in 1985, he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation with help from Murjani Group, and became a leader in Menswear collection. He was named Menswear Designer of the Year in 1995, and had revenues of 1.8 billion dollars in 2004, employing 5.400 people. The company was sold to Apax Partners in 2006, then to Phillips van Eusen (Calvin Klein’s owner) in 2010. The company presents different products such as clothes for men and women, fragrances, denim collections, bedding and bath products, sport clothing, etc. Hilfiger is also the fashion consultant on American Idol.

Tomas Jacob Hilfiger started his career of designing by buying jeans, customizing and selling them in his shop. He had a dream: to launch his own brand, to the point where he even refused job offers from Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. In 1984, his eponymous brand was finally launched and has since known a thriving success (shirts, polos, shoes...). In 2006 he joined the fight against cancer by creating a unique collection.
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