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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. In addition to his 3 wins in the Indy Racing League, Stewart has also won 2 International Race of Champions events. True Star is a fragrance created by Tommy Hilfiger along with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles. During the 2005 season, Stewart won a total of $13,578,168, including $6,173,633 for winning the championshiop, making this the largest season total in NASCAR history. [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. He was also praised by fellow competitors, notably NASCAR veteran Mark Martin who proclaimed Stewart as the greatest NASCAR driver of this generation. 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. After winning his second championship, Stewart because only the third active driver in NASCAR to win multiple championships, along with Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte.

[1]. He is also one of the youngest drivers to win multiple championships. 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. On November 20, Stewart won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship, joining Jeff Gordon as the only active drivers to have won multiple championships. 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. He mentioned in a press release from his sponsor, "I plan to keep winning races and helping to drive down the cost of home improvement for The Home Depot customers.". Hilfiger has been criticised for manufacturing clothes in sweatshop conditions in the US territory of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. After his Allstate victory, Home Depot presented fans who presented the advertisement of his Allstate 400 win with a discount on purchasing bricks.

His daughter Ally Hilfiger was featured in the MTV reality show Rich Girls. After his second full climb of the fence in Loudon, NH, they ran a discount on ladders and fencing at the stores with a campaign named, "Hey Tony, we've got ladders," where anyone who presented the advertisement in national newspapers in their stores earned the discount. Hilfiger is married and has four children. It also led to sponsor Home Depot cashing on Stewart's success with some promotions reminiscent of Stewart's Eldora Speedway drivers. In the end Hilfiger chose Chris Cortez. Tony was quoted as saying "I'm too fat for this," and recently purchased $17,000 worth of exercise equipment to remedy the problem. 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. Stewart has, following his second win of the season, begun a tradition of climbing the fence separating the fans from the racetrack after each victory, a practice adopted from two-time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves .

The company was purchased by Apax Partners for $1.6 billion, or $16.80 a share, all in cash. In an apparently unrelated incident, Kyle Busch was also fined $10,000 and placed on identical probation for ramming Anthony Lazzaro's car after the Sirius Satellite Radio race, also at Watkins Glen. In August 2005 Hilfiger announced he was selling his company. Stewart was also placed on probation until December 31st. Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1995. Stewart was driving a Busch series car owned by Kevin Harvick at the time. By 2004 the company had 5,400 employees and revenues in excess of $1.8 billion. On August 16th Stewart was fined $5000 for hitting the car of another driver, Brian Vickers, after the completion of the Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

In 1984, he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation (NYSE:TOM), introducing his signature menswear collection. He won five races, including the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, a race that Stewart said he would give up his championship to win, and took with it the #1 seed headed towards NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup 10-race playoff. 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. 2005 was one of Stewart's most successful years in the Nextel Cup. 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. In addition to placing fourth, the trio placed third in the Daytona Prototype class. After the business went bankrupt, Hilfiger moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue a career as a fashion designer. With 15 minutes left in the race, and with Stewart at the wheel, one of the rear wheels came off, finally ending their run.

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. The result does not show the trio's performance, however: they had dominated the race until the last two hours, when the suspension cracked. His initial foray into fashion was a store, The People's Place. in a Boss Motorsports Chevrolet to take fourth place in the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race. He is a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. In 2004, Stewart teamed with Englishman Andy Wallace and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hilfiger grew up one of nine children in an Irish Catholic family in Elmira, a small town close to Cornell University. He also still makes the occasional cameo on dirt tracks, appearing regularly at an ARCA race on dirt and at many prominent midget car events, USAC's Turkey Night Grand Prix, and the indoor Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

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. Located in Rossburg, Ohio, Eldora is a half-mile dirt track known to many as "Auto Racing's Showcase Since 1954." Stewart began racing there in 1991 and continues racing in special events alongside other Nextel Cup drivers and dirt track legends. In November of 2004, Stewart became the owner of one of the most legendary short-tracks in America, Eldora Speedway. His current driver lineup in USAC consists of Josh Wise in the midget, sprint, and Silver Crown cars and Jay Drake in the sprint car and Silver Crown Series. Yeley in 2003 and Jay Drake in 2004.

He also collected owner titles in USAC's National Sprint Car Series with J.J. Yeley, and in 2004 with Dave Steele. Stewart has won USAC car owner titles in the Silver Crown division in 2002 and 2003 with J.J. In addition to his Nextel Cup gig, Stewart, nicknamed "The Columbus Comet" (for his present hometown of Columbus, Indiana), "The Rushville Rocket" and "Smoke", is also the owner of a World of Outlaws sprint car driven by Danny "The Dude" Lasoski.

He only won twice that season, but led more laps than he'd done the previous year and was highly competitive in the final races of the year. Driving a Chevrolet instead of his previous Pontiac ride (Gibbs switched), Tony actually had his worst Cup season, but it was still good enough for a 7th place finish in points. As defending champion, Stewart managed to have a relatively incident-free 2003. At the end of the year, Stewart held off a charging Mark Martin to win his first Winston Cup championship.

Stewart went on to win the race immediately after being disciplined, and went on a tear in the final races, finishing consistently in the top five. NASCAR put Stewart on probation for the rest of the season. The second half of his season was plagued by an altercation he had with a photographer after the Brickyard 400. He won twice early in the season though, but was only 7th at the halfway point of the season.

Tony started 2002 even more inauspiciously than he'd started his previous season, as his Daytona 500 lasted just two laps due to a blown engine. Tony, understandably, earned a reputation for being NASCAR's bad boy. Stewart was not allowed to practice until wearing one, and only managed to practice after his crew chief intervened. He confronted the same official at the race in Talladega after refusing to wear a mandated head and neck restraint.

This resulted in another fine and longer probation. At the same race, he also got into an incident with a reporter, kicking away a tape recorder. He got into further trouble at Daytona, when he confronted a Winston Cup official after ignoring a black flag. Stewart was fined and placed on probation by NASCAR.

Gordon pulled a "bump and run" on Stewart to gain a better finishing position in a race in Bristol, and it resulted in Stewart retaliating in a post-race incident by spinning Gordon out on pit road. The season was not without controversy though. Statistically, he had a worse season than 2000, but he was the runner up to Jeff Gordon for the Cup championship. He recovered to win three more races, and as he'd done before, ran near the front most of the season.

Amazingly, he walked away nearly unscathed. Tony's 2001 got off to a frightening start, as he was involved in a nasty crash in the Daytona 500 where his car violently flipped over several times. The two are still heated rivals to this day, with Gordon always seeming to outlast his competetitor. Stewart made his displeasure towards Gordon known in an obscenity-laden tirade.

The most well known of these came at Watkins Glen, when he and Jeff Gordon tangled and crashed into each other. Tony also began to get some bad press for his on-track incidents. However, he "slipped" to 6th place in the standings because of a handful of DNFs, and an increase in the number of competitive drivers, among them his teammate Labonte, who won the Cup championship. Stewart showed no signs of a sophomore slump in Winston Cup in 2000, as he won six races.

His attempt at "The Double" was mildly successful, as he finished in the top 10 at both races, but he fell 10 miles short of completing all of the miles. Tony also attempted to race 1,100 miles on Memorial Day, as he attempted to race the Indy 500 during the day and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte at night. Not surprisingly, he ran away with the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award. He finished his first year an unprecedented 4th in points, the highest points finish by a rookie in the modern era (since 1972), and only bested by James Hylton, who finished 2nd as a first-timer in 1966.

He won a pair of pole positions at short tracks, and tied a rookie record with three victories. He only failed to finish a race once, and even then he finished 9th. Stewart spent most of his rookie season wowing people, as his car was often in the top 10. In the 500 itself, Stewart ran near the front until problems with the car relegated him to a midpack finish.

The Intimidator came out on top, but Tony had nonetheless impressed quite a few people with his performance. He showed courage in one of the Gatorade Twin 125 races, when involved in a great battle with Dale Earnhardt for the win. Stewart started his Winston Cup career with a bang, as he qualified his No 20 Home Depot Pontiac in second place in his first Cup race, the Daytona 500. With that move, Stewart ended his three year career as a full time IRL driver.

Gibbs had enough confidence in Tony that he was moved into Cup for the 1999 season. Stewart finished a solid 2nd place in 2 (of 31) starts, ahead of six drivers with more starts, and had an average finish that was comparable to some of the series' top 10 finishers. He came extremely close to winning his first Busch Series race in Rockingham, but was beaten on a last lap pass by Matt Kenseth. On the Busch side, he finished in the top-five five times in 22 starts.

His season was something of a disappointment, especially as he finished last in the Indy 500 because of an engine failure. In the IRL, he won twice and finished 3rd in the championship. The double duty did not affect his performance in either series. Stewart so impressed Gibbs that he was signed to drive the majority of the Busch schedule in 1998 to go along with a full-time IRL schedule.

When Stewart was able to finish, he was in the top 10, and had a 3rd place in Charlotte. This time, he was racing for Joe Gibbs, the former (and current as of 2004) coach of the Washington Redskins who was having a lot of success with driver Bobby Labonte in Winston Cup. As he had done the previous year, he raced a handful of Busch Series races. Despite an average end to his season, finishing 7th, 14th, and 11th, and five DNFs, Stewart did just enough to beat Hamilton for the IRL title.

He became the leading contender for the series' championship after a bad slump knocked points leader Davey Hamilton out of first place. Tony finally got his first career win at Pikes Peak, where he led all but seven laps of a 200 lap race. At that year's Indy 500, Stewart had a good enough car to win his first IRL race, as he led 64 laps, but tailed off near the end of the race and settled for 5th. He failed to finish the first three races of a ten race schedule, but recovered to finish second in Phoenix.

Tony was poised to improve his IRL standing in 1997, but struggled with finishing at times. He had more success in a one-time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series, where he finished 10th. In nine races, however, he had only a best finish of 16th place. Tony also made a handful of starts in NASCAR's Busch Series that year.

When he wasn't racing Indy Cars, he raced stock cars. In 1995, Stewart became the first driver to win USAC's version of the Triple Crown, earning championships in all three of USAC's major divisions, National Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown. Stewart was the USAC rookie of the year in 1991, and was the National Midget series champion in 1994. He raced three-quarter midgets for a handful of years before moving up to the USAC series.

Born in Columbus, Indiana, Stewart grew up racing go karts, highly successfully, winning the world karting championship in 1987. . Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart (born May 20, 1971), is an auto racing driver who has won championships in sprint cars, Indy cars, and stock cars. 2002 and 2003 Virginia is for Lovers 200 (Richmond).

2005 Hershey's Take 5 300 (Daytona). 1999 Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 (Richmond), Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 (Phoenix), Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart (Homestead). 2000 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover), Kmart 400 (Michigan), thatlook.com 300 (Loudon), MBNA.com 400 (Dover), NAPA AutoCare 500 (Martinsville), Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts (Homestead). 2001 Pontiac Excitement 400(Richmond), Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma), Sharpie 500 (Bristol).

2002 MBNA America 500 (Atlanta), Chevy American Revolution 400 (Richmond), Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen (Watkins Glen), also won Winston Cup Championship. 2003 Pocono 500 (Pocono), UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte). 2004 Tropicana 400 presented by Meijer (Chicago), Sirius at The Glen (Watkins Glen). 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma), Pepsi 400 (Daytona), New England 300 (Loudon), Allstate 400 at The Brickyard (Indianapolis), Sirius at The Glen (Watkins Glen), also won Nextel Cup Championship.

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