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Tommy Hilfiger

Thomas Jacob "Tommy" Hilfiger (born in Elmira, New York, on March 24, 1951) is a world-famous fashion designer best known for his eponymous "Tommy Hilfiger" and "Tommy" brands.

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Hilfiger grew up one of nine children in an Irish Catholic family in Elmira, a small town close to Cornell University. He is a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. His initial foray into fashion was a store, The People's Place. The store was a big draw for the local teen crowd in Elmira because it often held live broadcasts from local radio personalities, sold rock and roll related clothing including Kiss and Aerosmith belt buckles, and had a discreet head shop upstairs which sold drug related paraphernalia such as bongs, roach clips, and incense. After the business went bankrupt, Hilfiger moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue a career as a fashion designer.

The building in which The People's Place was located was torn down in the late 1990s to make way for First Arena, home to the United Hockey League's Elmira Jackals. Hilfiger reportedly contributed funding to the building of the arena, but declined to have it named after him, according to news reports from the time of construction.

In 1984, he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation (NYSE:TOM), introducing his signature menswear collection. By 2004 the company had 5,400 employees and revenues in excess of $1.8 billion. Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1995. In August 2005 Hilfiger announced he was selling his company. The company was purchased by Apax Partners for $1.6 billion, or $16.80 a share, all in cash.

In 2005, a CBS TV reality show called The Cut tracked the progress of sixteen contestants as they competed for a design job with Hilfiger in similar fashion to Donald Trump's The Apprentice. In the end Hilfiger chose Chris Cortez.

Hilfiger is married and has four children. His daughter Ally Hilfiger was featured in the MTV reality show Rich Girls.

Criticisms

Hilfiger has been criticised for manufacturing clothes in sweatshop conditions in the US territory of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. As a US Commonwealth, clothes made there can be labeled "Made in the USA" but federal labor laws including the minimum wage do not apply. In March 2000, the company (along with other defendants) settled a class action suit brought by Saipan garment workers which had alleged that their working conditions amounted to indentured servitude. [1]

In 2000, a false rumour circulated on the internet that Hilfiger had made a racist remark on The Oprah Winfrey Show along the lines that he didn't want Asians wearing his clothing. [2] Despite this being proven false, continued negative perceptions of Hilfiger as a fashion profiteer are reflected by his being unflatteringly portrayed as "Timmi Hilnigger" in the Spike Lee feature film Bamboozled.

Additional products

True Star is a fragrance created by Tommy Hilfiger along with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles. Hilfiger has also released True Star Gold.


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Hilfiger has also released True Star Gold. They have two adopted children, Josephine, born in 1993, and Cecilia, born in 1990, who both currently attend The Chapin School. True Star is a fragrance created by Tommy Hilfiger along with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles. Wang currently lives in New York City with her husband, Arthur Becker, the CEO of a company called Navisite. [2] Despite this being proven false, continued negative perceptions of Hilfiger as a fashion profiteer are reflected by his being unflatteringly portrayed as "Timmi Hilnigger" in the Spike Lee feature film Bamboozled. In June 2005, she won the CFDA (Council of the Fashion Designers of America) women's wear designer of the year. In 2000, a false rumour circulated on the internet that Hilfiger had made a racist remark on The Oprah Winfrey Show along the lines that he didn't want Asians wearing his clothing. She also penned the book Vera Wang on Weddings which was released by Harper Collins in October, 2001.

[1]. She has expanded her brand name though her own fragrance, jewelry, shoe and houseware collections. In March 2000, the company (along with other defendants) settled a class action suit brought by Saipan garment workers which had alleged that their working conditions amounted to indentured servitude. She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan, and has made wedding gowns for Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson,Victoria Beckham and Sharon Stone, among others. As a US Commonwealth, clothes made there can be labeled "Made in the USA" but federal labor laws including the minimum wage do not apply. In 1990, she opened her own design salon in Carlyle Hotel in New York which featured her trademark bridal gowns. Hilfiger has been criticised for manufacturing clothes in sweatshop conditions in the US territory of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. She worked for Ralph Lauren as a design director for two years.

His daughter Ally Hilfiger was featured in the MTV reality show Rich Girls. Wang was a senior fashion editor for Vogue magazine. Hilfiger is married and has four children. When she failed to make the US Olympic team, she turned to her other passion, fashion. In the end Hilfiger chose Chris Cortez. Figure Skating Championships. In 2005, a CBS TV reality show called The Cut tracked the progress of sixteen contestants as they competed for a design job with Hilfiger in similar fashion to Donald Trump's The Apprentice. As a girl, Wang trained as a figure skater, and competed at the 1968 U.S.

The company was purchased by Apax Partners for $1.6 billion, or $16.80 a share, all in cash. Her maternal grandfather was a warlord in China. In August 2005 Hilfiger announced he was selling his company. Her paternal grandfather was a military general in China. Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1995. Her father started and owned a chemical company. By 2004 the company had 5,400 employees and revenues in excess of $1.8 billion. Her mother often took her to fashion shows in Paris.

In 1984, he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation (NYSE:TOM), introducing his signature menswear collection. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in art history. Hilfiger reportedly contributed funding to the building of the arena, but declined to have it named after him, according to news reports from the time of construction. She is a Chinese American raised in an affluent family and attended the The Chapin School, which both her daughters currently attend, and the Sorbonne in Paris. The building in which The People's Place was located was torn down in the late 1990s to make way for First Arena, home to the United Hockey League's Elmira Jackals. She is known for her wedding gown collection among other specialties. After the business went bankrupt, Hilfiger moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue a career as a fashion designer. Vera Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; Hanyu Pinyin: Wáng Wēiwei; born June 27, 1949) is a fashion designer based in New York, NY, USA.

The store was a big draw for the local teen crowd in Elmira because it often held live broadcasts from local radio personalities, sold rock and roll related clothing including Kiss and Aerosmith belt buckles, and had a discreet head shop upstairs which sold drug related paraphernalia such as bongs, roach clips, and incense. His initial foray into fashion was a store, The People's Place. He is a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Hilfiger grew up one of nine children in an Irish Catholic family in Elmira, a small town close to Cornell University.

Thomas Jacob "Tommy" Hilfiger (born in Elmira, New York, on March 24, 1951) is a world-famous fashion designer best known for his eponymous "Tommy Hilfiger" and "Tommy" brands.

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