Across the world, Tom Ford is among the most highly respected and successful designers today. He is one of the few US designers to reach international acclaim in the luxury market. Ford has collected numerous design awards since his 1994 debut.
After years of various collaborations with legendary fashion houses, he created his own Tom Ford brand in April 2005. Tom Ford believes in the power of eyewear and partnered with the Marcolin Group. Sunglasses and prescription glasses were the first accessories to turn heads. Since then, his menswear tailoring and women’s ready-to-wear are growing in popularity.
Ford has described “the Tom Ford customer” as international, cultured, well-traveled, and possessing disposable income. For women, he added, “strong women, … intelligent women who know their own style”. He has also dressed Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Julianne Moore, Hugh Jackman, Jon Hamm, and Henry Cavill.
Ford designed Daniel Craig’s suits for his last three James Bond films: Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.
In 2013, Ford was mentioned in Justin Timberlake’s song “Suit & Tie”, which was a collaboration with Jay Z. Ford created the suits, shirts, and accessories for the Grammy-winning “Suit & Tie” music video. He went on to dress Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour, designing over 600 pieces for the tour.
The same year, Jay Z released a song titled “Tom Ford” with “Tom Ford” rapped numerous times within the song. Ford responded that he was flattered and “it means that one has really penetrated and made an impact on popular culture.” Following the song’s release, Ford received a huge spike in online search engine queries. The song would go on to sell over a million copies and become certified platinum.