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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. Upper Deck recently announced a World of Warcraft TCG, based on the popular MMORPG. True Star is a fragrance created by Tommy Hilfiger along with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles. It has also released many non-game oriented sports-based and multimedia companion trading card sets. [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 October of 2005, UDE introduced a Trading Card Game based on Nickelodeon's new Avatar: The Last Airbender series. 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. The company's division, Upper Deck Entertainment, produces cards from the English versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game licensed from Konami, the Winx Club Trading Card Game for girls, along with the Marvel Trading Card Game and the DC Comics Trading Card Game using their proprietary VS System.

[1]. In view of the series' success the company has released a 2005-06 series. 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. Sold for $500 per pack, some of these cards sell for thousands of dollars on eBay [1]. 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. Since its earliest days, Upper Deck has gained a reputation for quality made trading cards and also as an innovator of security measures to prevent counterfeiting of its products. Hilfiger has been criticised for manufacturing clothes in sweatshop conditions in the US territory of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. In July 2005 Upper Deck won the liquidation auction of former competitor Fleer-SkyBox International's brand name, assets and model business as well as the Fleer Collectibles die-cast business assets.

His daughter Ally Hilfiger was featured in the MTV reality show Rich Girls. In 1996, it expanded its racing line when it absorbed Maxx. Hilfiger is married and has four children. In 1995, the company produced its first racing product. In the end Hilfiger chose Chris Cortez. The company also obtained licenses from the National Football League and the National Basketball Association in 1990, making the Upper Deck Company the first trading card company in 10 years to be licensed by all four leagues. 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. On March 20, 1990, The Upper Deck Company was granted licenses by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association to produce hockey cards.

The company was purchased by Apax Partners for $1.6 billion, or $16.80 a share, all in cash. The 1990 set included the industry's first randomly inserted personally autographed and numbered cards of sports superstars. In August 2005 Hilfiger announced he was selling his company. The Upper Deck Company sold out its baseball cards midway through this inaugural year, then pre-sold its entire 1990 baseball stock before the year began. Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1995. The first case of Upper Deck Baseball Cards was delivered February 28, 1989, to George Moore of Tulsa's Baseball Card Store in Tulsa, OK. By 2004 the company had 5,400 employees and revenues in excess of $1.8 billion. On December 23, 1988, Upper Deck was granted a license by Major League Baseball to produce baseball cards.

In 1984, he founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation (NYSE:TOM), introducing his signature menswear collection. . 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. The company has exclusive agreements to produce memorabilia with such sports superstars as Michael Jordan (who is also on the board of directors), Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Ken Griffey Jr. 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. It is a private company. After the business went bankrupt, Hilfiger moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue a career as a fashion designer. Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as "Upper Deck," Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. in the UK, ) founded in 1988 is a company primarily known for producing trading cards.

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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