Tom Ford, an American fashion designer and film director (A Single Man in 2009 staring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore) was born in Austin, Texas, in the early 60's.  Two of his early role models in fashion were his mother and grandmother.    At an early age of 17 he landed at New York University, later dropped out and move to Los Angeles and supported himself acting in television commercials.  Moving back to New York he began studying architecture and during his final year of study switched to fashion.  He realized that every architectural project he did he snuck a dress into it.  

He started in fashion with sportswear designer Cathy Hardwick.   He moved from there to designing jeans for Perry Ellis and in 1990 he assumed to role of Womenswear Designer for Gucci.  He rose through Gucci ranks and revamped their image.  He drove Gucci's market from 1994 to 2004.  

Tom Ford founded his own company in 2005 with menswear, eyewear and beauty products.  He went to the cover of Vanity Fair wearing Tom Ford Brand menswear in 2006.   In 2005 Tom Ford and Estee Lauder formed a partnership to develop fragrances and cosmetics.  Tom had previously created very successful ad campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent Opium and M7 now preparing for his first fragrance.  

With Private Blend, Tom Ford opens a door into the mesmerizing world of artisan scent. Each fragrance begins with a precious extraction of a single note around which secondary notes are wrapped creating a completely developed and complex Eau de Parfum that may enchant or challenge, stimulate or delight.

Tom Ford

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