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Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

Founder & Principal Designer
Tommy Hilfiger
For 30 years, Tommy Hilfiger has brought classic, American, cool apparel to consumers around the world. Under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as principal designer, the Tommy Hilfiger Group has become one of very few globally-recognized designer brands offering a wide range of American-inspired apparel and accessories.

Born in Elmira, upstate New York, Hilfiger’s career in fashion began as a high school student in 1969, when he opened a small chain of stores called People’s Place with just $150. His goal was to bring “cool big city styles” to his friends in their small town. Hilfiger soon began designing for the boutiques he had always admired, and in 1979 he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a full-time fashion designer. In 1985 his namesake brand launched with a single menswear collection.

Hilfiger introduced his first signature collection in 1985 by modernizing button-down shirts, chinos, and other time-honored classics with updated fits and details. The relaxed, youthful attitude of his first designs has remained a distinctive hallmark throughout all of Hilfiger’s subsequent collections. Today, the Tommy Hilfiger brand encompasses a wide range of categories, including Hilfiger Collection, men’s tailored, Tommy Jeans, men’s and women’s sportswear, kids, underwear, footwear, bags and licensed products such as watches, jewelry, eyewear, fragrance and home. The business has grown into a global lifestyle brand achieving over US $6.5 billion dollars in global retail sales in 2016. There are nearly 1,900 TOMMY HILFIGER stores in more than 100 countries on five continents.

Hilfiger’s diverse achievements in business, retail and fashion have earned him a variety of distinguished awards, including the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2012.

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Tuesday Jan 16
4:15 - 4:45 PM
Hall E, Level 1

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands with a presence in over 100 countries across the globe. For over 30 years, Tommy Hilfiger has... Read more

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