THOM BROWNE EYEWEAR
DANDY CHIC STYLE
INSPIRED BY NEW YORK FASHION
Behind Thom Browne eyewear hides the signature of one of the most influential designers of modern times. Constantly looking for new heights of elegance, this young designer plays with curves and upper class styles and uses the very finest materials, including the Super 100 fabric from which he designs his suits.
Before Thom Browne glasses burst onto the scene, the designer had a surprising journey through the world of fashion.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1965, Thom Browne was one of seven brothers. While his sites were originally set on a career in cinema, he would ultimately head for California to become an actor, following a business studies degree at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Once in L.A, the city of the jeans and t-shirt, he landed a few small jobs and advert spots. At the same time, he began to mess around with vintage clothing, which he would spend hours cutting and recutting.
Knowing he was not cut out for an acting career, he decided to move to New York in 1997. He initially took on a sales job at Armani, but it was within his creative role there in 2004 that he launched his first pret-a-porter collection in 2004. The result was swift and overwhelming success for a designer who had learned his craft “on the job”.
As Thom Browne himself explains: « I learned by doing… which is probably the most important training anyone could have. Honestly, I don’t even know what they teach at fashion school these days ».
Thom Browne glasses: an audacious eyewear statement
The signature mark of Thom Browne glasses? Like all his clothing ranges, Thom Browne glasses feature three colours: red, white and blue. This signature mark is placed discreetly at the tips of the temples.
Just as the designer makes his mark on his clothing ranges, with precise, structured cuts and a revamped preppy style, his eyewear designs are injected with a similar signature style.
Thom Browne glasses are instantly recognisable for their symbiosis of metal and acetate, with a constant nod to the 1950s style. While Mad Men style suits are a personal favourite of Thom Browne, he also has a love for face-covering eyewear that adds a touch of personality. The collection is a particular favourite among those with a strong aesthetic identity and an affection for fine pieces: men for whom wearing sunglasses and normal glasses are much the same thing.
Collaboration with Dita designers
High expectations and a touch of eccentricity: two elements that make Dita the perfect partner for the Thom Browne collection.
Each pair of Thom Browne glasses is handmade in Japan. Of course, Japan was always going to be the ideal place to make the collection, given its expertise in working with luxury acetate and titanium, two materials that dominated the 1950s. Particularly impressive features of the eyewear models are the intricate titanium work and the rims of the glasses.
Dita’s savoir-faire is the perfect complementary ingredient for the duo’s most eccentric design concepts. And not forgetting, of course, that Thom Browne catwalks are some of the most unexpected and provocative around. His one piece of fashion advice to men? « Just know what looks great on you. Don’t worry about what other people think. Be true to yourself. “