Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas prior to moving to New York City and Paris to study design. In 1990, Ford joined Gucci as the company’s chief womenswear designer before becoming Creative Director in 1994, ultimately becoming vice chairman. Under Ford’s leadership, Gucci became one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world, with sales increasing from 230 million dollars in 1994 to 3 billion dollars in 2003.
Ford resigned from his post in 2004 and announced the creation of TOM FORD in April 2005. Today, the brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently Underwear and Timepieces. Presently there are over 100 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations around the world.
In addition to his achievements within the fashion industry, Ford is also an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and film director. In 2009, Ford wrote, produced, and directed the Academy Award nominated film “A Single Man,”. Ford’s second film “Nocturnal Animals” premiered at the Venice film festival in 2016 where it won the Grand Jury prize, then three Golden Globe nominations [winning one], nine BAFTA nominations, and an Academy Award nomination.
Tom Ford has redefined luxury. He is a visionary and his success has been recognized by a number of international awards, highlighted by winning 7 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards, including their prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and The Menswear Designer of the Year in 2015. In 2019, Mr. Ford took over as Chairman of the CFDA.
Ford currently lives in Los Angeles.