Tommy Hilfiger
Birth Date:
March 24, 1951
Birth Place:
Elmira, New York, USA
Famous for:
Rose to fame as a top male supermodel in the 1990s, starring in campaigns for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren
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Famous for his red-white-blue striped apparel, designer Tommy Hilfiger is now part of the international fashion scene who received Best Designer awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, GQ Magazine, Parsons School of Design and VH1 Fashion and Music awards. Among his products are the jeans line “Red Label,” and the “True Star” fragrance line.

The recipient of the 2002 Future of America Award from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program took part in a number of charities, including the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League. He was also one of the Board of Directors for The Fresh Air Fund (a group sending underprivileged children to summer camp) and the Race to Erase MS (Multiple Sclerosis).

Hilfiger also sparked off several controversies, one of which was for the false accusation about his racist comments while being a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” The designer had never even appeared on the talk show. Another storm was created after he manufactured his clothes in sweatshop conditions in the United States territory of Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands. In March 2000, the company settled the class action suit brought by Saipan garment workers. The designer was recently reported to have had a fight with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose at the Plumm in New York City.

Hilfiger has several residents, including homes in Connecticut, Manhattan, Vermont, the Caribbean Islands, New York and Massachusetts. The ex-husband of Susie Hilfiger (1980-2000, has 4 children) is currently seeing Dee Ocleppo.

People’s Place

Childhood and Family:

The second of nine children to Irish Catholic parents, Thomas Jacob Hilfiger was born on March 24, 1951, in Elmira, a small town in upstate New York. In 1969, Tommy, who always wanted to be part of fashion the scene, decided to leave school and begin his own retail business with a small chain of stores called People’s Place.

“I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to build a brand of clothing around my own attitude and my own lifestyle.” Tommy Hilfiger

In 1980, Tommy married Susie Hilfiger, with which he has four children, including Ally Hilfiger, who appeared in the reality series “Rich Girls” (2003). In 2000, however, the couple divorced. Now, Tommy is in a relationship with Dee Ocleppo.

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With People’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger promoted jeans and bell-bottom with unique designs. However, People’s Place went bankrupt when Hilfiger was 25.

Hilfiger then tried creating his own design and headed to New York to start another business. Instead of accepting the offer of design assistant positions from Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis, he bought Mohan Murjani’s company and, in 1984, he set up the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, which went public in 1992.

Immediately, Hilfiger’s design and marketing ability boosted his fashion products: “Tommy Hilfiger” (the most affordable and the most sought-after line of jeans), “Tommy Sport” (no longer in production), “Red Label” (a line of denim-themed products including jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts) and “H by Tommy Hilfiger” (a bridge line between Hilfiger’s couture offerings and his more affordable line, no longer produced). He continued expanding the business by producing signature menswear, womenswear, jeanswear, childrenswear, eyeglasses, footwear, fragrances (“True Star,” “True Star Men” and “True Star Gold”) and home collections.

In 1995, Hilfiger was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was handed the VH1 Fashion and Music’s From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk award. Three years later, he won Designer of the Year awards from GQ Magazine and Parsons School of Design.

For his ad campaign, Hilfiger worked with several music icons like Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and the Rolling Stones in their 1999 “No Security” tour. The same year, he guest starred as Robert in the acclaimed sitcom “Frasier” (1999). He then appeared on screen as himself in the comedy movie Zoolander (2001), his daughter’s reality program “Rich Girls” (2003) and his own reality show a la Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice,” “The Cut” (2005).

Hilfiger was honored with the 2002 Future of America award from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The designer, who is well known for his red-white-blue stripes and his “for the people” ad slogan, also received the 2002 GQ Magazine’s award for International Designer of the Year.

The principal designer of the corporation, which in 2004 reached the $1.8 billion revenue amount, is now also the company’s Director (since 1992) and the Honorary Chairman of the Board (since 1994). On screen, Hilfiger is set to be the executive producer for the documentary feature about New York’s fashion industry, Rags (2007).


  • GQ Magazine: International Designer of the Year, 2002
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education: Future of America Award, 2002
  • Parsons School of Design: Designer of the Year, 1998
  • GQ Magazine: Designer of the Year, 1998
  • VH1 Fashion and Music: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk Award, 1995
  • Council of Fashion Designers of America: Menswear Designer of the Year, 1995
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