Tim Hamilton (born 1971) is an American fashion designer. He was born in Iowa and moved to New York in 1991. He began his career at Ralph Lauren and moved onto J Crew where he helped to start Madewell. He launched his own line thereafter.
Hamilton is primarily known as a menswear designer since his Fall 2007 collection. In men’s wear, Hamilton continues to blur the line between abstract design and fine craftsmanship. He mixes innovative ornamental details and geometric elements with functional simplicity and authentic craft production. This leads to his street-wear meets tailoring look. He won the CFDA/Swarovski Award for emerging menswear designer in 2009.
The brand began in New York and was showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week, however Hamilton decided to do his first menswear runway show in Paris in June 2009, following an invitation from the French Fashion Syndicate. He is the first American based designer to show during Paris Men’s Fashion week. He presented an eccentric space inspired S/S ’10 collection at the Palais Brogniart, sending his models down the runway emanating an airy feel of transparency. Despite this sudden relocation to Paris, Tim Hamilton is going to keep a presence in New York, thus honoring his win of the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Men’s Wear Designer in 2009.
Alongside men’s wear, Tim Hamilton launched his first women’s collection for the A/W ’09 season. The collection was shown during Paris Fashion Week in March 2009. The Tim Hamilton woman has a strong character. “She knows what she wants,” say Hamilton. This attitude is reflected through bold shapes, a minimal color palette, and an emphasis on textured patterns, all done while remaining feminine with an innate sense of elegance.
Hamilton’s collections are sold at top luxury shops around the world. Despite his global success, Tim Hamilton is still a small, independently backed company with offices in New York and Paris.