Tom Ford sings the blues

Tom FordTom Ford is taking designer denim to a whole new stratosphere with men’s jeans that retail for $990. The jeans, hitting stores now, are made from Japanese selvedge denim that feels and looks raw, but has been pre-washed and pre-shrunken so the indigo doesn’t rub off. They also come in black or white. The seat is distinguished merely by a straight line, stitched across the pockets, and a small black tab reading TF001 or TF002. The first number designates the boot cut that Ford wears himself, and the second is a straight-leg cut. In the front, the button is plated with 18-karat gold, and the pockets are lined with the same silk as Tom Ford suits. But is the price justified for classic, unembellished jeans? If you have to ask, you can’t afford them.


Tom Ford to open on Rodeo Drive

Model of Tom Ford in New YorkFrom the day he opened his eponymous temple of man-luxe in Manhattan in April 2007, designer and fledgling director Tom Ford has planned on opening a store in the Los Angeles area. Fashion trade paper WWD reported yesterday that he’d chosen Rodeo Drive as a location, and although Ford’s representative wouldn’t confirm the report (citing Ford’s unavailability until after the holidays), industry sources confirm that a lease for space in the 300 block of Rodeo Drive was indeed inked some time ago. At the opening of his Milan store, Ford said he’d hoped to open on the West Coast sometime in 2009.

We’re told the space is located between the Luxe Hotel at 360 N. Rodeo Drive and Bally of Switzerland at 340 N. Rodeo Drive, in the space currently occupied by Bernini at 346 N. Rodeo Drive — and right smack dab across the street from the Gucci flagship.

It’s a fitting symbolic slap in the face with a kidskin driving glove given Ford’s dramatic and high-profile departure as Gucci’s creative director in 2004.

Well played, sir. Well played, indeed.

Source:, by Adam Tschorn, Photo credit: Tom Ford Inc.