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Born Thomas Carlyle Ford in Santa Fe, New Mexico (in 1961), Tom Ford was studying architecture at the Paris campus of the famous Parsons School of Design when, during his last year, he heard fashion calling. He talked his way into his first design job with almost zero experience, moved to Milan to work for Gucci in 1990 – and after just a few years found himself at its helm, becoming Creative Director in 1994. He created collection after acclaimed collection for that brand, becoming the ‘darling’ of fashion editors and fashion-followers.

The winner of numerous design awards, Tom Ford is credited with reviving not just Gucci but Yves Saint Laurent – roles he juggled at the same time, putting together influential collections and provocative ad. campaigns that ‘pushed the fashion envelope’.

But when Tom Ford left the Gucci Group in 2004 (having catapulted the Italian fashion house back into the mainstream), it’s safe to say the entire fashion world held its breath, waiting to discover the next chapter in Tom Ford‘s remarkable life. 

What he did was launch a line of fragrances – starting with Black Orchid – which are not only loved by women (and men) around the world, but have scooped many awards. Accolades include Fragrance Foundation Awards (FiFis) for Violet Blonde, Café Rose, Jasmin Rouge, Grey Vetiver, Tom Ford for Men. And so the impressive list goes on.