In recent years, Thom Browne has established himself as, perhaps, North America’s most influential menswear designer. So why haven’t you heard of him?
It’s because, until Holt Renfrew introduced him to the Canadian market this month, Browne’s distinctive designs have never been north of the border. Here, 10 things you should know about Thom Browne.
1. Thom Browne invented the shrunken suit. His ankle-exposing pants and waist-length blazers are a response to what Browne identified as the dying art of dressing well. By radicalizing the classic suit, he made it interesting – and fashionable – again.
2. The cropped blazers and break-less pants that are now fashionable? Thom-Browne-trickle-down.
3. Sockless feet in dress shoes? Yep. That’s Browne.
4. Shorts with a blazer? Men dressing like schoolboys? Browne again.
5. In 2006, Brooks Brothers asked Browne to create a one-off capsule collection, Black Fleece, that has since grown into a permanent brand with two flagship stores.
6. Browne’s other collaboration is Moncler Gamme Bleu, for which Browne applied his tiny tailoring to the classic Alps brand of down-filled coats and vests.
7. This season, for the first time, Browne showed his collection in Paris. (He’s always shown in New York.) The move may reflect the fact that Browne is slowly conquering the world.
8. Browne started his career designing for Club Monaco.
9. Browne has featured a grey suit in every collection he’s ever done.
10. Browne eats the same breakfast every day: White toast and black coffee.
Photo by Dan and Corina Lecca.