GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Tommy Hilfiger!
Thomas Jacob Hilfiger, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 63 on Monday. The fashion designer was born March 24, 1951, in Elmira, New York, U.S.
Hilfiger’s career in fashion began as a high school student in 1969, when he opened a small chain of stores called People’s Place .
In 1979 he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a full-time fashion designer. Here, he caught the eye of Mohan Murjani, a businessman; and with his support he introduced his first signature collection in 1985 by modernizing button-down shirts, chinos, and other time-honored classics with updated fits and details.
In 1995, he launched The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation to enrich the physical and intellectual well being of youth.
He won several FiFi Awards and named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1995. In 1998, Parsons School of Design in New York City honored him with their Designer of the Year award. In 2006, GQ Spain honored him as Designer of the Year, while the Hispanic Federation awarded him the Individual Achievement Award.
In 2010, he was honored with the Legends Award by Pratt Institute and in 2011, Philadelphia University awarded him the Spirit of Design Award, while the Fresh Air Fund honored him for his contributions to Camp Tommy.
He is actively involved in a number of charities and causes, including the Washington, D. C. Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial Project Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League. He has also served on the board of directors for The Fresh Air Fund,