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Who is Tom Ford?

Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas in 1962. His mother taught him that being badly dressed was disrespectful of others therefore he spent most of his childhood worrying about how he looked. At the age of 12 his mother bought him a pair of Gucci Loafers.

On 1986, Tom Ford joined the creative staff of the American Famous designer Cathy Hardwick. On 1988 Tom ford join Perry Ellis on the position of design Director under Marc Jacobs. Tom didn't make a name for him in the business until he was relocated to Europe in 1990 and landed a position with Gucci. After his partner Richard Buckley was ill with cancer, they both decided to leave the stress of New York and important learning period of the 80's Fashion behind and head for Italy. Year 1994, Ford Was promoted to creative director. He was responsible for the design and conception of all product lines within the company; Clothing, perfumes, and more. He became arguably the most influential designer of the last decade

Ford was appointed to be the creative director of YSL after Gucci bought a controlling stake in Yves Saint Laurent in believes that he owes his success not to talent, but to his energy. He admits to sleeping just two or three hours per night, keeping post-it notes beside the bed in case he wakes up with an idea. "There are many more talented designers than me," he once told an audience at the V&A in London. "But I have a lot of drive and won't let it go." He also credits his "mainstream" appeal. "I'm lucky, I have mass-market tastes," he says. "When I say I like a shoe, generally thousands of people will like it. Thank God, because I would have been a very unhappy person if I hadn't had this kind of success."

On November 2003 it was announced that Tom and chief executive Domenico De Sole would be leaving the Italy brand in 2004 "with great sadness" but Ford said he was "confident that we are leaving behind one of the strongest teams in the industry." Then in March 2004, he presented his last collections for YSL Rive Gauche and Gucci, amid very emotional farewells. Both collections were smash hits.

He and Domenico de Sole, his colleague who left Gucci with him, set up a new company called just "Tom Ford". As the first major initiative, this company has now collaborated with cosmetics giant Est?´┐Że Lauder to create beauty products and fragrances. No financial figures have been revealed about the deal. We saw the beauty line and sunglasses by the end of 2005, also a woman's fragrance 'Amber' and 'Youth Dew'. For his eyewear collection he made an agreement with the Marcolin Group in Italy. Last spring, though, the designer announced a return to fashion with a signature ready-to-wear men's line. The clothing line, which will be produced by European manufacturer Ermenegildo Zegna, is expected to cater to a high-end clientele, with a men's suit fetching up-wards of $2,000.

Starting from Madison Ave, Manhattan, Mr. Ford plans to open stores in Milan, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo over the next three to four years. Ford's first 'Tom Ford' flagship store opened on April 12, 2007 on New York City's Madison Avenue. In Spring 2008, Ford opened his first boutique outside of the United States in Zurich, Switzerland located at Munsterhof 17. In September of 2008 Ford opened a boutique in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Harry Rosen store on Bloor street.