Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1990, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join Gucci as the company’s Womenswear Designer. In 1992, he became Design Director and in 1994 he was appointed Creative Director of Gucci. He was responsible for the design of all product lines, from clothing to perfumes, and for the Group’s corporate image, advertising campaigns and store design. In January 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beaute by the Gucci Group, Tom Ford assumed the position of Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beaute in addition to his then existing duties at Gucci. During Ford’s 10 years as Creative Director at Gucci and Gucci Group, sales increased from 230 million dollars in 1994 to almost 3 billion dollars in 2003, making Gucci one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world. In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the much anticipated debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection.
Tom Ford brought luxury into the twenty-first century presenting his fashion via a world of decadence and hyper sexuality at Yves Saint Laurent, then Gucci and finally taking centre stage. Impeccable tailoring and impossibly glamorous womenswear make Tom Ford a regular red carpet choice. Post Gucci the label begun with eyewear, menswear and beauty, adding womenswear to the collections in 2008. Like the clothes, Tom Ford sunglasses are a fine blend of retro and contemporary styling with inevitable luxuriance. Subtle details are instantly detectable and frames like Nikita and Cary have become modern classics.