TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL announced today the creation of TOM FORD UNDERWEAR in partnership with Albisetti International, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of the highest quality men’s and women’s undergarments. TOM FORD UNDERWEAR will be tightly distributed in TOM FORD stores worldwide, available only to a strict of limited distribution partners, including department stores, as well as online partners and on www.TOMFORD.com.
In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD Beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD Menswear and Accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much-anticipated Womenswear collection. Presently, there are 124 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Milan, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi, Rome, London, Munich, Beijing, and Sydney.
Tom Ford commented: “The creation of TOM FORD MEN’S UNDERWEAR is a natural extension of our highly successful men’s collection and comes at a time when the TOM FORD brand has become firmly established worldwide as a leader in men’s fashion. Albisetti International is the perfect partner for this venture as their dedication to excellence and the highest quality product is impressive and their strong family work ethic makes them a perfect fit as our partners.”
Albisetti International SA is a leading company for the production and global distribution of men and women’s fashion items, and it is tied to its partners by multi-year Licensing agreements. Albisetti International SA was founded to combine the vast experience and competence of the historic companies belonging to the Bianchi Family, which for more than 40 years have produced and distributed, under license, fashion lines for the most important and successful designer brands in the international fashion panorama. The products range from ready-to-wear clothing to outerwear, from beachwear and underwear to active wear, textile accessories, footwear and leather goods.
Alessandro Bianchi commented: “On behalf of Francesca, Tommaso and myself, we express great enthusiasm for this prestigious license and are very proud to be working with TOM FORD.”
Further details about the product range, price positioning and distribution will be revealed at a later date.