Tom ford’s $475 tanning goggles

GogglesIf Tom Ford’s $9,240 otter fur boots are a thumb of the nose at the economic crisis, his new $475 tanning goggles are a big, juicy raspberry. Then again, the goggles and a couple of sessions at your local tanning bed are probably cheaper than a trip to St. Bart’s. Looked at that way, you could even call them a bargain.


Tom Ford Extreme

Tom Ford after shave splash

Tom Ford ‘Extreme’ After Shave Splash

A sensual way to freshen the skin. This stimulating face splash incites and invigorates the skin, leaving it lightly scented with Tom Ford Extreme.

* 3.4 oz.

* By Tom Ford

Tom Ford after shave balm

Tom Ford ‘Extreme’ After Shave Balm

A lavish way to pamper skin. This intensely rich balm leaves skin lightly scented with Tom Ford Extreme.

* 2.5 oz.

* By Tom Ford.

Tom Ford Extreme eau de toilette

Tom Ford ‘Extreme’ Eau de Toilette

An intense yet gentlemanly interpretation of sensuality, Tom Ford Extreme exudes impeccable style and fearless confidence. Through the intricate craft of luxe perfumery, this masterful scent boldly explores an uncharted path by blending ultra-pure Persian lemon, lush black Italian fig, decadent black truffle, vintage patchouli and rich cedarwood in a uniquely modern way.

* 1.7 oz.

* By Tom Ford.

Stars of a Single man

Moore and FirthLOS ANGELES – Fashion designer Tom Ford is getting the cast in place for his long-awaited move into features.

Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode are set to star in “A Single Man,” Ford’s adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel.

Published in 1964, the novel centers on a gay man who, after the sudden death of his partner, is determined to persist in his usual routine, which is seen in the span of a single, ordinary day in southern California.

Firth is the gay man, an Englishman and professor who feels like an outsider in Los Angeles. Goode is the boyfriend who dies in a car accident and appears in flashbacks. Moore plays a friend of the professor.

Ford adapted the screenplay for the independently financed project with David Scearce. A Monday start date is being eyed.

Ford rose to the top of the fashion world with a 10-year run at Gucci, a period that turned around the fortunes of the fashion house. He stepped down in 2004, signing on with CAA with the aim to slide into the director’s chair.

Firth was last seen in “Mamma Mia!” and Moore in “Blindness.” Goode plays Ozymandias in next year’s “Watchmen.”

Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Tom Ford Does Fur

chocolate brown kid fur boots

natural brown otter fur boots

silver and tan natural fur boots

fur trapper hat

Designer Tom Ford has come out with a limited edition collection of fur boots for men, with the top-priced pair commanding $9,240. The collection consists of three pairs of boots and a compatible fur trapper hat. There are silver and tan natural fur boots for $5,250; chocolate brown kid fur boots for $4,470 both with rawhide leather laces; and a somewhat dressier pair of natural brown otter fur boots which cost the $9,240. The hat is made of white badger fur and costs $4,510. Ford has become known for pushing the boundaries of luxury for men, and this collection is certainly no exception.


Tom Ford Limited-Edition Candles

Tom Ford Limited-Edition CandlesThere’s something about Tom Ford’s fragrances that ooze sex appeal. Sure, there’s the man behind the musk, with his rugged good looks, scruff, and permanently unbuttoned shirt driving the message home. For his next trick, he’s adding a limited-edition line of candles to his much-lauded Private Blend Collection. Making their debut last year, the 12 unisex fragrances can now be found in slow-burning, long-lasting form, releasing wafts of Neroli Portofino, Tobacco Vanille, Oud Wood, and Noir de Noir throughout your bedroom, where they obviously belong. Tom Ford Limited-Edition Candles will be sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue beginning in November.


Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum

Patchouli of Tom FordTom Ford. Just saying his name gives me goosebumps. Tom got me hooked with Black Orchid, and now he’s brought us the bewitching White Patchouli.

Now, the word patchouli might remind you of your middle school days when you were running around in Dead Head t-shirts and Vans, burning incense in your room and trying to fake-dread your hair.

This is totally wrong. Tom’s White Patchouli is like a slow smolder on the skin, emanating a warm, spicy muskiness. The initial spritz is pretty intense, but the fragrance soon softens up (unlike Black Orchid which stays strong all night). And, although I must confess I’m more of a Black Orchid type of girl, the more I wear White Patchouli, the more I love it.

This fragrance opens with notes of bergamot blended with white peony and coriander, then blossoms with rose absolute, night blooming jasmine and ambrette seed, and finishes with patchouli orpur, a medley of blonde woods and incense.


Tom Ford at Bergdorf Goodman

A few images from Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store on 5th Avenue.

I’m not usually a fan of Tom Ford: this NY Times article from last year sums up all that is wrong with the brand. However, a couple of things in Bergdorf’s windows caught my eye.

First, a very simple 3 piece striped suit. Apart from the exuberantly-styled pocket handkerchief here, it’s an absolute classic.

Images from Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store on 5th Avenue

Second, a tweed 3 piece country suit – although I don’t expect this suit would ever get near a field or a pair of muddy boots.

Images from Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store on 5th Avenue

A closer look. It’s an extremely bold pattern — enough to do Huntsman or Richard Anderson proud — but the muted colours turn it into a very elegant, even subtle, outfit. Not too keen on the bowtie, but again that’s down to Bergdorf’s stylists.

image from Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store on 5th Avenue.

Source: By Sir Fopling Flutter

Suit Yourself

Tom Ford on a couchSince April 2005, when he announced his licensing deal with Estée Lauder for a beauty and fragrance line, Tom Ford has been building his eponymous brand, adding to it sunglasses and menswear. Just one year into the launch of his menswear label — what co-founder and chairman Domenico De Sole says will become a $1 billion brand — Ford has already opened shops in New York City and, most recently, Milan and plans to expand globally, with more than 100 freestanding stores over the next 10 years. In phone conversations and e-mail messages, Ford talks to TIME’s Kate Betts about his midlife crisis, Barack Obama’s style and whether he will venture back into the women’s-wear business.

You’re the kind of guy who always has a plan. You always ask, What’s your 10-year plan? So I’m going to ask you, Now that your menswear business is up and running, what’s your 10-year plan?

My 10-year plan now is very different from what my 10-year plan was 10 years ago. There’s a nice quote I came across a while ago that says, “Midlife is when you get to the top of a ladder only to realize you’ve had the ladder against the wrong wall.” Now, that probably happened to me a few years ago — meaning when I left Gucci.

A lot of what has driven my life was coming to not necessarily a midlife crisis, because I was very happy with everything that I had accomplished, but maybe a sort of midlife lack of fulfillment in certain ways, and it redirected my life — redirected my business life by making me understand that work wasn’t really about making money, getting ahead. You know, all the things that we’re taught as kids. But work should really be something that you love to do, and through this I realized all along I had been working because I liked to design things. I like the challenge of it. So I realized that.

Tom Ford as modelThen I tried to think about how I can do this where I take away all the parts that I don’t like, such as waking up in the morning and having to read the review in the [International] Herald Tribune about whether the collection was good or bad. I hate all that stuff. I really hate it. I really like making the product. But believe it or not, I don’t like talking to journalists. I don’t like posing for pictures. I don’t like all the stuff that’s now around fashion. I still do it because it’s part of my business — you’ve got to communicate to the customer. Before I was driven by “Be successful, be successful, be successful.” It was a different kind of drive from what I feel now.

So my 10-year plan now is kind of spiritual. Now you’re really going to think I’ve lost my mind! My 10-year plan now is more focused on my personal relationships, my personal life, my family. It’s a different phase of my development. It’s focused on business too. It’s focused on things like making movies, which I’m not going to make any money doing, but it’s creatively something that excites me and fuels my mind. With relationship to my men’s business, I did what I did out of a real need, a niche in the market, something that I personally wanted. People always say to me, “Why don’t you do women’s clothes? You would make so much more money.” Well, that’s great, but I’m not sure I want to do that. I may do it. I’m creeping back slowly, and I have a few new products that I’m going to start working on in the next year.

In terms of menswear, why did you choose to go to the very high end, with the most formal kind of menswear?

Because again, I’m making things that I care about. I just really don’t care about certain types of clothes and, to be honest, certain types of customers who wear those types of clothes. I just don’t care. So I’m making clothes that interest me, which means the best detail, the best fabric, the best quality. I’m interested in dressing people who relate to that, understand that and appreciate that.

You know, a lot of people don’t actually see — they don’t see detail. And I’m just not interested in dressing those people. So by their nature, those clothes do tend to be expensive when they’re made with the most beautiful materials and in the most beautiful way. I wear formal clothes most of the time, but I will be broadening the collection. There will be things that are less formal, starting with skiwear. We’re opening a ski shop in St. Moritz, and I’m broadening the collection to include a lot more sportswear.

The way you talk about your business and your plans for Tom Ford in the future, opening in markets like Dubai and Russia, makes you sound more like a CEO than a designer. Do you think of yourself now as more of a CEO?

I do both. I mean I am the ceo and the president [along with co-founder and chairman De Sole], but I’m still totally and completely a designer. I fit every single thing on my own body. I was always a little bit like that. I don’t know if people really knew that. People would write occasionally about it, but I don’t think anyone really knew the extent to which I was involved in our business. I couldn’t just design in a vacuum. I’d have to think, “O.K., where’s this going to be sold? Who is going to buy it? What’s the market for it?” It all sort of happens together, at the same time, in my head.

Tom Ford with sunglassesWho are you designing for now?

I’m designing for me or men like me from ages 25 to 75. I’m designing for an urban customer, a customer who is aware, men who are very appreciative of details and quality and style and cut and who want to look slim. I mean, everything about my clothes makes you look skinnier. You look skinnier and taller. Those are just things that are important to me. It was always the same with women’s too, by the way. I could never make clothes that made a woman look fat, and that’s why everyone always said, “Everything he does is about sex, sex, sex.” No. I take a body and try to accentuate the things about it that, by our beauty standard, we would appreciate and hide the things that we don’t appreciate, and I do the same with men’s. So I want to make sure my butt looks good. I want to make sure my thighs look good. I want to make sure my legs look longer. I want to make sure that my waist is in the right spot. You know, proportion is really important.

What is so important in menswear about dressing James Bond? Why did you go after Daniel Craig?

We did not actually go after Daniel Craig. I had met him a few times in London and offered to dress him, as I think he is very handsome and has a terrific sense of style and a wonderful presence. Since we had been making clothes for him, when it came time for him to do the new Bond film, he asked us to dress him. I could not have been happier, as Bond is an iconic character to dress. Often people think that if you dress in a classic manner, you are dull and live a quiet life. James Bond lives exactly the opposite life. He is the perfect Tom Ford man in that respect.

Who else would you like to see wearing Tom Ford?

I really have been fortunate enough to dress most of the people in the world that I have wanted to dress. I think that Prince Harry would be great to dress, as he has a great look.

What about Barack Obama?

Who would not want to dress Obama? I must say that I think he looks great already — simple, clean, understated and always appropriate. He is naturally elegant [as is his wife]. The way he walks and moves is just right. Too much fashion for a presidential candidate would be wrong. His style is perfectly balanced.

Do you have financial goals for the next 10 years?

Yes. We’re not making money yet. We’re doing very well, and some of our stores are making money. New York is very profitable and making money, but as a whole we’ve been investing over and over and adding new stores. If we are talking about valuation, then we will reach $1 billion in the next five years. If we are talking about sales, then the 10-year timeline would be correct. Are all the stores owned 100% by you? Or are some of them franchised? No, some of them are franchised in markets where we need partners, like Moscow, for example, and Dubai and Qatar. They are very strict franchise agreements, and they’re all the same partners we’ve worked with before when I was at Gucci, so they know they can’t put flowers in the store without it having been run through my office as one of the acceptable types of flowers. So they’re very tightly controlled.

Can you give an idea about when you might introduce women’s products?

I can’t tell you for sure. I can tell you I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about what I’d do with clothes, but the first step would probably be accessories. I’m not sure I’ll even do this. It’s two to three years away. If I were to do women’s wear tomorrow, I’d have to have an atelier and a sewing room to compete at the level I would want to compete at. After that, I’d need an entire separate design team. I would need new offices to house them. I would need new stores. Just logistically and financially, I could not take it on right now either way, and the women’s fashion world is so cruel and so brutal that there is no room for error. No one cuts you any slack — ever. It would be too risky for me to even attempt it until I could do it the right way.

Source:, By: KATE BETTS, Photograph for TIME by Karl Lagerfeld

Why is Tom Ford Smiling?

Tom FordTom Ford graces the cover of the October issue of the Time Style and Design issue. Experts report that his empire will break the threshold of over 1 billion dollars in the the next 10 years.

“Since April 2005, when he announced his licensing deal with Estée Lauder for a beauty and fragrance line, Tom Ford has been building his eponymous brand, adding to it sunglasses and menswear. Just one year into the launch of his menswear label — what co-founder and chairman Domenico De Sole says will become a $1 billion brand — Ford has already opened shops in New York City and, most recently, Milan and plans to expand globally, with more than 100 freestanding stores over the next 10 years. “