Archive for december, 2006

Ford taps men’s fashion boom

maandag, december 11th, 2006

TOM Ford, the designer who helped to revitalise the Gucci brand, is tapping into a growing market for male grooming with the launch of a new menswear range and shop in New York next year.

Ermenegildo Zegna, Ford’s partner in the venture and owner of the world’s biggest luxury menswear group, believes that men are finally waking up to fashion.

“Men are becoming more feminine. They enjoy shopping, they take more time over the way they look, they travel and they shop around, they finally are taking better care of themselves,” he told Reuters.

“Men are not only there to buy cars and art, they’ve realized there is also fashion,” he added.

Zegna, whose great grandfather started his Italy-based group, said the time was ripe for Ford’s return to the fashion fray with menswear and accessories showing the biggest growth of any area in the luxury industry over the past few years.

“It is going to be a great collection. Many, many retailers are waiting in line to buy,” Zegna told Reuters in an interview at a luxury goods conference.

“The store will be opening in New York next spring and then the rest of the stores will follow.”

Ford roared to fashion stardom in his 14 years at Gucci with his sexy, tight-fitting designs coming to define luxury and celebrity glamour in the 1990s.

Since his abrupt split from Gucci and parent company PPR two years ago, he has only dabbled in fashion, putting his name to a range of sunglasses. The menswear, originally planned for release this year, will be his big relaunch.

Ford’s split from Gucci provided one of the biggest public spats to hit the fashion industry in recent years.

But his former employer Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman of the Gucci Group’s parent company PPR, speaking at the same conference, had no regrets about showing Ford the door.

“When we decided not to renew Tom Ford’s contract people were shocked,” he said. “But it worked out well for all in the end.”

Source: News.com.au

Former Gucci designer Ford taps men’s fashion boom

zaterdag, december 9th, 2006

tom-ford-picture-41.jpgTom Ford, the designer who helped to revitalize the Gucci brand, is tapping into a growing market for male grooming with the launch of a new menswear range and shop in New York next year.

Ermenegildo Zegna, Ford’s partner in the venture and owner of the world’s biggest luxury menswear group, believes that men are finally waking up to fashion.

“Men are becoming more feminine. They enjoy shopping, they take more time over the way they look, they travel and they shop around, they finally are taking better care of themselves,” he told Reuters.

“Men are not only there to buy cars and art, they’ve realized there is also fashion,” he added.

Zegna, whose great grandfather started his Italy-based group, said the time was ripe for Ford’s return to the fashion fray with menswear and accessories showing the biggest growth of any area in the luxury industry over the past few years.

“It is going to be a great collection. Many, many retailers are waiting in line to buy,” Zegna told Reuters in an interview at a luxury goods conference.

“The store will be opening in New York next spring and then the rest of the stores will follow.”

Ford roared to fashion stardom in his 14 years at Gucci with his sexy, tight-fitting designs coming to define luxury and celebrity glamour in the 1990s.

Since his abrupt split from Gucci and parent company PPR two years ago, he has only dabbled in fashion, putting his name to a range of sunglasses. The menswear, originally planned for release this year, will be his big relaunch.

Ford’s split from Gucci provided one of the biggest public spats to hit the fashion industry in recent years.

But his former employer Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman of the Gucci Group’s parent company PPR, speaking at the same conference, had no regrets about showing Ford the door.

“When we decided not to renew Tom Ford’s contract people were shocked,” he said. “But it worked out well for all in the end.”

By Rachel Sanderson

Source: Reuters

Tom Ford – man of the week

dinsdag, december 5th, 2006

Tom Ford has been recently featured as the AskMen.com “Man of the Week”.

Tom Tom

dinsdag, december 5th, 2006

Tom Ford has recruited another Gucci alum. Tom Mendenhall, 45, starts today in the new role of chief operating officer of Tom Ford International. Mendenhall, who comes to Tom Ford from Abercrombie & Fitch, will focus on retail development and distribution and will manage daily operations, a statement said. He will report directly to president and chief executive officer Tom Ford and be based in New York. At Abercrombie, Mendenhall was senior vice president and general manager of the Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie retail chains. He joined Abercrombie in 2004 following a nine-year stint at Gucci, where he held several positions, including worldwide director of merchandising for all Gucci products.