Be­hind the seams

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the in­au­gu­ral Tom­myXLewis col­lec­tion this month, Tommy Hil­figer and Global Brand Am­bas­sador and four-time For­mula One world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton share with us what to ex­pect of the first col­lab­o­ra­tive col­lec­tion for Fall 2018


Tommy Hil­figer and global brand am­bas­sador Lewis Hamil­ton share on what to ex­pect from the Tom­myXLewis col­lec­tion

What was it that kick­sta ed this col­lab­o­ra­tive col­lec­tion, and what is it that makes it unique in to­day’s fashion world?

TH: I have al­ways ad­mired Lewis’ skills on the race­track, as well as his unique and eclec­tic style that re­ally speaks to the new gen­er­a­tion of “Tommy Guys”. We have both built our ca­reers with pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and hard work, and th­ese shared val­ues and qual­i­ties in­spired me to part­ner with him on this col­lec­tion. It’s a plus too that he’s very pas­sion­ate about fashion, and has cool unique ideas that in­spired our de­signs. This makes our de­sign meet­ings a lot of fun, and I loved in­tro­duc­ing Lewis to the world of sketch­ing, fab­rics, but­tons and stitch­ing.

LH: It’s re­ally a chance for me to cel­e­brate my per­sonal style with the Tommy Hil­figer brand her­itage; I was in­volved in ev­ery step of the de­sign process: choos­ing the fab­rics, the colours, and the tex­tures. Tommy and I both see fashion as a pow­er­ful tool to break conventions and ex­press who you are to the world. Lines are blur­ring as men and women are in­creas­ingly bor­row­ing from each other’s clos­ets, and I love how the col­lec­tion can be styled in a way that works for ev­ery­one. What can you share with us about the Tom­myXLewis col­lec­tion?

TH: The col­lec­tion re­vis­its our sports­wear her­itage, as we rein­vent the iconic Amer­i­can styles. De­signs take in­spi­ra­tion from Lewis’ tat­toos, lux­ury street style and his lucky num­ber 44. They fea­ture bold colours, sporty in­flu­ences and ver­sa­tile shapes. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of our brand DNA, also at the same time it’s some­thing to­tally fresh for us. The logo cel­e­brates the iconic Tommy Hil­figer flag po­si­tioned be­hind Lewis’ ini­tials in navy. We kept the brand’s sig­na­ture red, white and blue colour pal­ette, and used the same font as Lewis’ tat­toos.

LH: While the col­lec­tion em­braces Tommy Hil­figer’s sports­wear roots, it is also very close to my per­sonal ur­ban-chic style. I wanted ev­ery piece to be com­fort­able but out­stand­ing, as de­signs draw in­spi­ra­tion from my “Loy­alty” tat­too and lucky num­ber 44 ‒ a num­ber which my dad chose when I started out in ju­nior kart­ing, and which I’ve stuck with for the rest of my ca­reer.

What are your favourite pieces in the Tom­myXLewis col­lab­o­ra­tive col­lec­tion? LH: I love the iconic mil­i­tary-green parka with the de­tach­able re­versible liner ‒ a true wardrobe essential, I must say! When I’m at home I dress for com­fort, and the white track­suit is per­fect for this. The word “Loy­alty” on the back of the top and the vel­vet stripe tap­ing on arm and leg seams add an un­ex­pected, cool twist.

TH: I love how pro­por­tions get play­ful through­out the col­lec­tion, from over­sized tops to skinny fit jeans. We have some great out­er­wear pieces this sea­son, in­clud­ing the padded denim trucker jacket that adds a ca­sual twist to any look.

Why did you pick the word “Loy­alty” to fea­ture on the dif­fer­ent styles in the Tom­myxLewis col­lec­tion?

LH: I live by a very strong set of val­ues in life, and loy­alty is one that my fa­ther taught me about from a very young age, and which in­spired my tat­too as well. Whether in my per­sonal or pro­fes­sional life, I’ve al­ways been loyal to my fam­ily, my friends, my fans and my in­cred­i­ble team. Like­wise, Tommy shares th­ese same val­ues and is sur­rounded by an in­cred­i­ble team that is very pas­sion­ate and loyal about the brand.

What other words in­spire you ev­ery day?

LH: “Fam­ily” and “Faith,” which I also have as tat­toos. Since the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, my fam­ily has al­ways be­lieved in me, and I wouldn’t be where I am to­day with­out their sup­port. I’m also very strong in my faith; I’m truly blessed by the life I lead, though I’ve worked hard to achieve every­thing I have ac­com­plished.

How impo ant is fashion to you?

LH: Grow­ing up, all my time was fo­cused on mo­tor­sport train­ing, so fashion was not some­thing I was re­ally into. How­ever, over the last 10 years, I have at­tended fashion shows and met in­cred­i­ble cre­ative in­di­vid­u­als who have in­spired me to be­come more con­fi­dent at ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent styles. I’ve al­ways loved to stand out from the crowd wear­ing bold colours and pat­terns, which is why Tommy Hil­figer is a brand that re­ally ap­peals to me.

TH: I’ve al­ways be­lieved in trust­ing your in­stincts, and em­brac­ing your own style ‒ don’t let any­one tell you that you can’t do it, and I see that in Lewis too.

LH: Work­ing along­side Tommy and his team, I’ve also learned the im­por­tance of em­brac­ing my in­di­vid­ual style, to not be afraid of push­ing the bound­aries and sug­gest new de­signs. Whether it is adding un­ex­pected de­tails, like con­trast­ing threads or dif­fer­ent but­tons, it will also give clas­sic styles a cool and unique twist.

What is the most rewarding pa of work­ing in the fashion in­dus­try?

TH: Part­ner­ing with in­cred­i­bly cre­ative and in­spir­ing tal­ent like Lewis! Since launch­ing the brand over 30 years ago, I’ve been for­tu­nate to col­lab­o­rate with in­cred­i­ble pop cul­ture and sport icons, such as The Rolling Stones, Aaliyah, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Rafael Nadal, The Chainsmok­ers and Gigi Ha­did. Th­ese part­ner­ships have all in­jected fresh­ness and new­ness into our col­lec­tions, in­spir­ing oth­ers to em­brace their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and ex­press them­selves through fashion. How do you pick your­self up when faced with chal­leng­ing times?

TH: Ev­ery chal­lenge is a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It can take you one step closer to achiev­ing your dreams. De­spite hard­ships, you have to al­ways stay true to your­self and stick to your vi­sion. Which is why this is a very ex­cit­ing time for the Tommy Hil­figer brand, as we con­tin­u­ously come up with unique and en­gag­ing ways to pre­sent our amaz­ing new col­lec­tions. I love the chal­lenge of rein­ter­pret­ing clas­sics with a mod­ern and un­ex­pected twist that ap­peals to the next gen­er­a­tion of Tommy Hil­figer con­sumers. I’m proud of what we have achieved and I be­lieve the best is yet to come.

LH: Chal­lenges are an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand who we re­ally are, and what we’re made of. I be­lieve in tak­ing in the pos­i­tive from th­ese sit­u­a­tions, and us­ing this to push my­self to re­alise my full po­ten­tial.


What makes Lewis Hamil­ton an icon of to­mor­row?

TH: Lewis has a pow­er­ful drive to grow and suc­ceed in all aspects of life that re­ally cap­ti­vates his au­di­ence. His love of mu­sic and fashion, as well as the val­ues that guide him ev­ery day, I be­lieve they in­spire younger gen­er­a­tions to fol­low their dreams re­lent­lessly.

Who is your ul­ti­mate icon, and why?

LH: My fa­ther is my hero and clos­est friend. He spent all of his sav­ings and ded­i­cated all his time out­side of work to sup­port my rac­ing ca­reer when I was grow­ing up. He has al­ways be­lieved in my dreams as much as I did, and I will be for­ever grate­ful to­wards him for all his sac­ri­fice. AM

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