Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his teens, Ford moved to NewYork and enrolled at NewYork university, initially attending courses in Art history. He later redirected his studies to concentrate on architecture at Parsons School of design in NewYork and Paris, Concluding his training at Parsons in NewYork.
In 1990, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join GUCCI as the company’s womanswear designer.
In January 2000, following the acquisition of YVES SAINT LAURENT and YSL BEAUTE by the GUCCI GROUP, Tom Ford assumed the position of creative director of YVES SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE and YSL BEAUTE in addition to his then existing duties at GUCCI.
During Ford’s 10 years as creative director at GUCCI and GUCCI groups, sales increased from 230 million dollars in 1994 to almost 3 billion dollars in 2003, making GUCCI one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world. In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand.
New York, United States