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Encyclopedia > Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
Personal Information
 Name  Tommy Hilfiger
 Nationality  American
 Birth date  March 24, 1951 (1951-03-24) (age 56)
 Birth place  Flag of the United States Elmira, New York
Working Life
 Label Name  Tommy Hilfiger

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951 in Elmira, New York) is a world-famous American fashion designer and creator of the eponymous "Tommy Hilfiger" and "Tommy" brands. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 44 pixelsFull resolution (830 × 46 pixel, file size: 58 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is the logo for Tommy Hilfiger as of October 2006. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Location in Chemung County in the state of New York Coordinates: , Country State County Chemung County Government  - Mayor John S. Tonello (D) Area  - City  7. ... This article is about the state. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Chemung County in the state of New York Coordinates: , Country State County Chemung County Government  - Mayor John S. Tonello (D) Area  - City  7. ... This article is about the state. ... Fashion design is the applied art dedicated to the design of clothing and lifestyle accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time. ... An eponym is the name of a person, whether real or fictitious, who has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item. ...

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Biography

Hilfiger was born March 24, 1951 and raised in Elmira, New York. Hilfiger grew up in an Irish Catholic family, the second of nine children. He attended Elmira Free Academy for high school. Rather than furthering his education, he started to work in retail at the age of 18. Hilfiger would trek down to New York City to get his hands on jeans and bell-bottom pants which he customized and resold at a local downtown Elmira, New York store, Brown's. Irish Catholics are persons of predominantly Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ...


He later opened his own store, named The People's Place, around the block in downtown Elmira. Although the store was a hot spot for teens with frequent contests and live DJ appearances, there were often more people hanging out than shopping. Over the years, a number of stores closed in downtown Elmira as shopping traffic shifted to the new Arnot Mall in Horseheads, New York. It wasn't long before The People's Place became another casualty. After seven years, The People's Place went bankrupt, when Hilfiger was 25. The site of the original store has since been demolished to make room for First Arena, home of the Elmira Jackals Hockey team. Horseheads may refer to: Horseheads (village), New York Horseheads (town), New York This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


After turning to the design aspect of clothing by designing for the rest of his stores in upstate New York (a total of 10), Hilfiger moved to New York City with his now estranged wife, Susie. Although he was offered design assistant positions with designers Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis -- and was broke -- he turned them both down with greater plans in mind. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In 2005, a CBS TV reality show called The Cut tracked the progress of sixteen contestants as they competed for a design job with Hilfiger in similar fashion to Donald Trump's The Apprentice. In the end Hilfiger chose Chris Cortez. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... The Cut is a television reality show for aspiring designers hosted and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, New York) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television and radio personality and author. ... The Apprentice is a television franchise that originated in 2004 in the United States. ...


In May 2006, Hilfiger had a close encounter with Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose at the Plumm in New York City. Hilfiger reportedly took a couple of swings at Axl Rose for moving his girlfriend's drink, before being carried away kicking and screaming by his own security guards.[1] Club owner Noel Ashman stated, "Axl was a gentleman and had the good sense not to retaliate as he would have done some serious damage to Hilfiger." Later that night, Rose dedicated the song "You're Crazy" to "My good friend Tommy Hilfiger." Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... W. Axl Rose[1][2] (born William Bruce Rose, Jr. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


He is dating Dee Ocleppo. Hilfiger has four children. His daughter Ally was featured in the MTV reality show Rich Girls. Alexandria Ally Hilfiger (born February 26, 1985, New York City) is an American heiress, socialite and model. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... Rich Girls is a MTV reality show that was screened for one season on television in the fall and winter of 2003-2004. ...


Criticisms

Hilfiger has been criticised for manufacturing clothes in sweatshop conditions in the United States territory of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. As a U.S. Commonwealth, clothes made there can be labeled "Made in the USA" but federal labor laws including the minimum wage do not apply. In March 2000, the company (along with other defendants) settled a class action suit brought by Saipan garment workers which had alleged mistreatment by over 20 large US clothing manufacturers.[2] Sweatshop is a pejorative term used to describe a manufacturing facility where working conditions fall short of contemporary human-rights standards. ... Saipan seen from the air A map of Saipan, Tinian & Aquijan Saipan (IPA: in English) is the largest island and capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 15 tropical islands belonging to the Marianas archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean (15°10... For other uses of Commonwealth, see Commonwealth. ... Labor law or labour law is the body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which address the relationship between and among employers, employees, and labor organizations, often dealing with issues of public law. ... The minimum wage is the minimum rate a worker can legally be paid (usually per hour) as opposed to wages that are determined by the forces of supply and demand in a free market. ...


On May 16, 2007 the New York Times reported that Hilfiger fired their union cleaning company and replaced the workers making $19 per hour with benefits with workers making $8 per hour. [3] Hilfiger himself receives a minimum of $14.5 million per year from the company.


Product lines

Beyoncé Knowles in an ad for True Star.
  • True Star, a fragrance created by Hilfiger and with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles
  • Red Label, a line of denim-themed products including jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts
  • H by Tommy Hilfiger, an upscale line (shirts priced upwards of $95) that is sold primarily in freestanding boutiques devoted exclusively to this line
  • Tommy Hilfiger, the company line of clothes sold in department stores and flagship stores
  • Tommy Sport, a defunct line that came out in the 1990s and capitalized on Hilfiger's popularity in urban areas.
  • Tommy Hilfiger for the Home, a line of bedding and bath products
  • Tommy Sailing, was due to be released in January or February 2007.

The Tommy Hilfiger brand also sponsored several Formula 1 teams including Team Lotus in the early and mid-90s and Ferrari in the early 2000s. Image File history File links Truestar. ... Image File history File links Truestar. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... Team Lotus was one of Formula 1s most successful teams. ... For other uses, see Ferrari (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ "Tommy Hilfiger Fights Axl Rose at New York Club", Associated Press, 21 May 2006. Retrieved on 2007-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Eight more U.S. retailers settle sweatshop suit", Reuters, 28 March 2000. Retrieved on 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ Dwyer, Jim. "Unkind Cut for Janitors at Hilfiger", The New York Times, 16 May 2007. Retrieved on 2007-10-11. 

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Urban Legends Reference Pages: Tommy Hilfiger Racism Rumor (1271 words)
Hilfiger then supposedly butted in then with a comment, something like it is one thing for one's label to go popular worldwide, but there are some people who just don't look well in "their" designer clothes.
Hilfiger wants his clothing to be enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and his collections are put together with the broadest cross-section of individuals in mind.
Hilfiger's being cast as a racist villain is especially unfortunate because his history as a designer shows him to be anything but.
Tommy Hilfiger Biog (328 words)
Tommy began his fashion career in 1969, while still in high school, with $150 and 20 pairs of bell-bottom jeans which he sold out of his Volkswagen.
Born in 1951, Tommy Hilfiger made his first foray into fashion as a purveyor of hippy chic to New York campus kids in 1969.
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