In this story of grit and glamour, setbacks and comebacks, enterprise and pa tradition icon Tommy Hilfiger stocks his outstanding existence tale for the 1st time
Few designers have stayed on most sensible of fixing traits the best way Tommy Hilfiger has. Fewer nonetheless have left such an indelible mark on international tradition. on account that designing his first selection of “classics with a twist” 3 many years in the past, Tommy Hilfiger has been synonymous with all-American style—but his future wasn’t regularly so transparent. turning out to be up one in all 9 childrens in a working-class relatives in Elmira, ny, Tommy suffered from dyslexia, flunked sophomore yr of highschool, and located himself consistently at odds along with his father. however, this self-described dreamer had a imaginative and prescient and the relentless will to make it a fact. At eighteen he opened his personal outfitter, parlaying his uncanny intuition for kind right into a budding profession as a way fashion designer. via a long time of triumph and turmoil, Tommy remained doggedly positive. To today, his method of trade is rooted in his optimistic view of the world.
American Dreamer brims with anecdotes that hide Tommy’s years as a membership child and scrappy entrepreneur in Nineteen Seventies big apple in addition to targeted insights into the unique A-list personalities with whom he’s collaborated and interacted, from Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. yet this is often greater than only a type icon’s memoir—it’s a street map for development a model, either professionally and in my view. Tommy takes us behind the curtain of each decision—and each mistake—he’s ever made, providing suggestion on management, enterprise, team-building, and creativity.
This is the tale of a real American unique, instructed for the 1st time in his personal phrases, with honesty, humor, and the insatiable urge for food for all times and elegance that proves that typically you need to dream monstrous to make it big.
Praise for American Dreamer
“A particular look at the style international . . . a decent, common, in most cases enjoyable autobiography of the fellow who created a vintage but hip line of clothing.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fashionistas and enterprise professionals alike will glean very important classes from Hilfiger’s rags-to-riches rag-trade story.”—Booklist
“Tommy burst onto the style scene on the top of hip-hop and used to be immediately taken up via rappers and rockers alike. on account that then, 12 months after 12 months he has been prior to the curve together with his stylish and classy appears. His inventive strength has regularly been an notion to me. He’s particularly himself in American Dreamer.”—Mick Jagger
"In American Dreamer Tommy indicates how he has taken the (rock) stars and the (preppy) stripes and are available up with a look—and a label—that are well-known globally as being quintessentially American, in addition to a model that regularly retains time with pop music.”—Anna Wintour
“Tommy is an notion to many people. American Dreamer indicates how he has controlled to achieve success in enterprise and performed so with integrity.”—David Beckham
“Tommy is likely one of the such a lot real humans i do know! In American Dreamer you could suppose his ardour pour via every thing he does: model, fatherhood, relatives, and friendship!”—Alicia Keys
“Tommy Hilfiger is an American icon who used to be capable of go beyond style and mix it with popular culture and take it to a world viewers. American Dreamer files how, in contrast to the other fashion designer, Tommy used to be in a position to faucet into tune, its lifestyle, and its effect on society.”—Tommy Mottola
From the Hardcover edition.