The Philadelphia University community is invited to attend “A Conversation with Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger” on Tuesday, October 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in The Gallagher Center, Auxiliary Court. Hilfiger will be on campus for a Q&A session led by senior and FIA President Casey Lamke. The event is open to the University community.
An acclaimed entrepreneur, Hilfiger has been at the forefront of the classic but trendy all-American preppy look for over 25 years. Known for casual styles and his classic red, white and blue flag logo, the Tommy Hilfiger brand includes men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, sportswear, denim, and a range of licensed products such as accessories, fragrances and home furnishings.
From the small upstate town of Elmira, N.Y., he began his career in fashion as a high school student with a small chain of stores called People’s Place. He introduced his first signature collection for men in 1985, modernizing button-down shirts, chinos and other classics with updated fits and details. With creativity and bold marketing campaigns—including a much-talked about billboard in New York’s Times Square—his collections expanded and success grew.
He was awarded the 2011 Philadelphia University Spirit of Design Award, which was presented at the Fashion Show April 30 at the Academy of Music.
Hilfiger was named 1995 Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has won several FiFi awards from the fragrance industry, was GQ Spain’s Designer of the Year in 2006, and in 2008 Women’s Wear Daily listed Hilfiger as the #1 Designer and #16 Brand in their annual top-100 listing. In 2009, Hilfiger received the UNESCO Support Award for his philanthropic efforts and the Marie Claire Lifetime Achievement Award.
Through the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, he has supported numerous charities and causes, including the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial Project Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League and The Fresh Air Fund. In 2009, the Foundation donated over $2 million to Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 to help end extreme poverty.
The Tommy Hilfiger brand is owned by Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, which also includes the brands Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Sean John, DKNY, Kenneth Cole New York and Trump.