Effective January 1, 2023, Thom Browne will succeed Tom Ford, who completed a three-year term at the end of May, as the Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In the interim, Steven Kolb has served as Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA and will continue to do so through December 31, 2022.
Browne joins past CFDA chairs, including Diane von Furstenberg, Stan Herman, Carolyne Roehm, Perry Ellis, Mary McFadden, Bill Blass, Herbert Kasper, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Norell, and Sydney Wragge.
“I am very excited about taking on the chairmanship of the CFDA…,” said Browne. “I feel a huge responsibility in working with Steven and the CFDA team to carry on the positive and important work of Tom, Diane and Stan. I also feel that it is important to give back to an industry that has supported me so well over the last 20 years. I am so proud to be an American designer… there is so much happening in American design today that the world needs to really see and recognize and truly appreciate.”
Browne’s career trajectory aligns with the CFDA’s values: he launched his eponymous label in 2003 and has since established a recognizable line that reframes and reconceptualizes suiting and tailoring with inventive, subversive details. The brand’s grey dresses, jackets, and pants are distinct, bearing a recognizable red, white, and blue-striped insignia. Thom Browne Chairman CFDA
He has been the recipient of the CFDA’s prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year award three times—in 2006, 2013, and 2016—and he was also a runner-up winner of the 2005 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
“Thom understands the steps that are required to build an American fashion business that’s both successful and highly respected by the global fashion community,” said CFDA Chief Executive Officer Steven Kolb, in a statement. “He started as an independent menswear collection in New York, and developed his brand into a fast-growing, profitable business with a strong global presence.”
Over the summer, Thom Browne launched its first-ever retail presence in France at the private EPI club in Saint-Tropez. The effort marked a collaboration with architect Flavio Albanese, with whom the label has previously partnered.
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