GQ (Australia) - - THE SOURCE -

Not many de­sign­ers have the courage or the com­mit­ment to con­sis­tently hit re­set on style. But when it comes to menswear­mae­stro Thom Browne, let’s just say the 50-year-old doesn’t look to the fash­ion elite for cre­ative guid­ance. Hav­ing started his ca­reer as a show­room sales­man at Giorgio Armani, the enig­matic and al­ways debonair Browne then spent years as Club Monaco’s cre­ative lead be­fore go­ing it alone. One part renegade, an­other part tra­di­tion­al­ist, with an un­finch­ing em­pha­sis on “qual­ity ma­te­ri­als like Aus­tralian merino wool”, we sat down with the man of style who oth­ers look to em­u­late.

GQ: Why have men be­come so style-con­scious the past decade? Thom Browne:

Be­cause de­sign­ers have brought guys up to their level. They’ve taken chances and made guys think dif­fer­ently.

GQ: How hard it is to cut through in this in­dus­try? TB:

I don’t feel like it was that tough. I set out to do what I wanted to do my­self. From there, it be­came some­thing so much big­ger than I ever thought, but it made it a lot eas­ier that I didn’t set out want­ing to be in fash­ion.

GQ: What are the key lessons you’ve learnt? TB:

The most im­por­tant thing is hav­ing a point of view. I knew I felt strongly about start­ing from some­thing clas­sic. I cre­ate things that are provoca­tive and risky but I al­ways feel there’s a rea­son for why I’m do­ing it.

GQ: Why are you drawn to tai­lor­ing? TB:

It’s as sim­ple as I love tai­lor­ing and I love wear­ing jack­ets and trousers. I like to de­sign in a bit of a bub­ble so I’m not in­fuenced by trends. They’ll be in and as soon as they’re fnished they’ll be out.

GQ: What drove you to go it alone with your own la­bel? TB:

My style was bet­ter suited to younger guys who weren’t that in­ter­ested in tai­lor­ing. So chang­ing the pro­por­tion and sen­si­bil­ity, I started open­ing the eyes of the younger guy and showed them that hand­made cloth­ing at this level is re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Thom Browne’s SS16 col­lec­tion will be avail­able at Har­rolds, Mel­bourne

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