Tommy Hilfiger aka Thomas Jacob Hilfiger is a renowned name in the fashion industry. Tommy Hilfiger is an American fashion designer best known for founding the lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.
Born as a second child out of nine children on March 24, 1951, Tommy was raised in his birthplace, Elmira, New York, the U.S. Coming from well to do family, his childhood was normal. He went to the Elmira Free Academy for high school and then attended GST BOCES Bush Campus. Though his parents always wanted him to pursue some traditional career, his zeal of doing something unusual and setting his own mark landed him to the world of glamour.
This super successful fashions designer has been married twice. His first wife Susie Hilfiger gave birth to four of his children. The union of Tommy Hilfiger and Susie Hilfiger ended in 2000 after the divorce was finalized. After spending some time focusing on his career, he then married his second wife, Dee Ocleppo on 12 December 2008. The New York Post reported that the couple was 3 months pregnant on 25 February 2009. Dee gave birth to a son in 2009. The couple has been spending jovial family life since their union.
Clear in his vision, he opted to work in retail rather than furthering education in something he did not wants to pursue. At age of 18, he put his first step in the fashion business. At the initial phase of his career, he used to customize and resell bell-bottom pants and jeans at a local Elmira Store “Brown’s”. With the motive of bringing fashion from London to New York to upstate New York, he formed a small chain of clothing stores named “People’s Place”. A self-taught designer, Tommy soon started designing for his admired boutique. After getting bankrupt he decided to look for opportunities into the bigger fashion seas, so flew to New York, in 1979. Though he was left with no penny in his pocket, he without hesitation turned down the position of assistant designer and conveyed no interest on working with Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein as assistant designer, with larger plans in his head. In his struggling periods, with his stars in his side, he met Mohan Murjani who financed his fashion venture called “Tommy Hilfiger Corporation”. He introduced his very first signature collection in the mid 80s by modernizing chinos, button-down shirts as well as other-time classic designs with updated details and fits. The Council of Fashion Designers of American crowned him with the title “Menswear Designer of the Year” in 1995. By 2004, the venture has fifty-four thousand workers and lump sum amount of revenues of $1.8 billion.
In 2005 Tommy sponsored and hosted a show called “The Cut” giving one participant the opportunity to design a collection with him. Due to the largely falling sales, Tommy sold his venture for a whopping amount of $1.6 billion to Apax Partners, in 2006. Owner of Calvin Klein, Phillips-Van Heusen bought the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in March 2010 for three billion dollars. Starting from ground level, today he has achieved an elevated name, fame, and money in the fashion world.
For 25 years, he has brought cool, classic, American attire to consumers throughout the globe. His creation gives a classic fresh look. His creation has become the pride of several shows. Under the guidance of Tommy, the Tommy Hilfiger Group has to turn out to be one of the quite few globally acknowledged designer brands providing a large range of American-inspired accessories and apparel.
Award-winning designer has always kept sync with the changeable times and has efficiently brought innovativeness and creativity with each design. Passing through the ups and downs throughout his life, he has made it large and all set to create a difference in the line of fashion designing.
He is the epitome of hard work, hope, and success. His hard work has been honored with several awards and commendations throughout his thriving career. His fans can follow him on his social networking sites. His detailed biography can be found in several internet sites and wiki.
Tommy Hilfiger net worth:
Tommy Hilfiger net worth is estimated at $400 Million, celebrity net worth portal estimates. Tommy is considered as one of the successful businessmen in the United States.