The iconic Amer­i­can fash­ion de­signer talks about his love of fam­ily, travel, and New York style.

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A man is al­ways first de­fined by his ap­proach to work. What’s yours? I love how I can bring my great­est sources of in­spi­ra­tion – mu­sic, iconic art, and Amer­i­can cul­ture – into my work. I’m al­ways look­ing at new ways to in­cor­po­rate th­ese things into my de­signs. You’re known as a fam­ily man as much as a fash­ion de­signer and en­tre­pre­neur. What is the most im­por­tant thing about be­ing a hus­band and fa­ther? That my fam­ily moves and in­spires me ev­ery day and that their sup­port means the world to me. You’ve al­ways called New York home. What do you love most about the city? There is some­thing about New York City. I’ve lived here for over 30 years and con­tinue to be drawn to the amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity and en­ergy of Man­hat­tan; it’s the ul­ti­mate home of iconic Amer­i­can style. You’ve put your name on ev­ery­thing from menswear to per­fume and now, you have just signed an agree­ment with Descamps S.A.S. to launch home­ware. Well, we are al­ways look­ing at op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow and ex­pand in new mar­kets. I’ve al­ways been in­spired by beau­ti­ful homes so I’m ex­cited that we are launch­ing a home line. What’s your idea of the ul­ti­mate sum­mer hol­i­day desti­na­tion? My home on Mus­tique, a quiet Caribbean is­land in the West Indies, is my favourite place to unwind with my fam­ily.

We’ve been va­ca­tion­ing there for years; it’s the per­fect spot to re­lax. What’s your favourite city in Asia and why? In 2012, my wife Dee and I trav­elled to Tokyo for the open­ing of the new Tommy Hil­figer flag­ship store in Omote­sando. I was thrilled to be there for the open­ing of our first Asian flag­ship – Ja­pan has al­ways been one of my favourite des­ti­na­tions. It in­spires me on a per­sonal level as well. You travel con­stantly. What items do you al­ways take with you? There are a few clas­sic pieces I take with me ev­ery time I travel: A tai­lored navy blazer, chi­nos, and but­ton-down shirts to mix and match. Ver­sa­tile, qual­ity pieces are the key to dress­ing well while trav­el­ling. Is there a place you haven’t vis­ited and that you’d re­ally love to see some­day? I vis­ited In­dia early on in my ca­reer and it con­tin­ues to be a source of in­spi­ra­tion. I would love to go back to see how the coun­try has changed. Where do you have the most un­for­get­table stays of your life that you keep go­ing back to? My fam­ily goes on a ski hol­i­day each year; ski­ing is one of our all-time favourite sports. Out west, our top des­ti­na­tions are Aspen and Vail; in France it’s Courchevel. We stay in an in­cred­i­ble apart­ment in a charm­ing, chic ho­tel called Saint Roch with a chef, but­ler, and masseuse to help us stay cosy af­ter ski­ing all day. Ul­ti­mately, what truly drives you? To this day I still love the chal­lenge of con­stantly rein­ter­pret­ing my de­signs in new ways each sea­son to keep the prep look very mod­ern and fresh. Con­sumers around the world al­ways want some­thing un­ex­pected and ex­cit­ing, and that’s what drives me.

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