Thomas Jacob “Tommy” Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951) [1] is an American fashion designer and founder of the premium lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger.

Hilfiger born in Elmira, New York. The second of nine children, he grew up in an Irish-American[citation needed] family; he claims direct descendence from Scottish poet Robert Burns.[2] His parents originally intended for him to be an engineer. He attended Elmira Free Academy for high school. Rather than furthering his education, he started to work in retail at the age of 18. Hilfiger would go to New York City to buy jeans and bell-bottom pants, which he customized and resold at a local downtown Elmira store, Brown’s.

He later opened his own store, named The People’s Place, around the block in downtown Elmira. Although the store was a hot spot for teens with frequent contests and live DJ appearances, there were often more people hanging out than shopping. Over the years, a number of stores closed in downtown Elmira as shopping traffic shifted to the new Arnot Mall in Horseheads, New York. It wasn’t long before The People’s Place became another casualty. After seven years, The People’s Place went bankrupt, when Hilfiger was 25. The site of the original store has since been demolished to make room for First Arena, home of the Elmira Jackals Hockey team.

Product lines

Hilfiger Denim, a premium-upscale denim collection for men and women. Designs are inspired by American classics and finished with a modern edge.[14]
True Star Gold, fragrance created by Hilfiger and spokeswoman Beyoncé Knowles
True Star, another fragrance created by Hilfiger and with spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles & True Star Men, a fragrance created by Hilfiger and with spokesperson Enrique Iglesias
Tommy Girl, fragrance for women
Red Label, a line of denim-themed products including jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts
H by Tommy Hilfiger, an upscale line which was ended after Tommy Hilfger sold his company, the same sort of style is now carried on under the Tommy Hilfiger label in their specialty stores
Tommy Hilfiger, the company line of clothes sold in department stores, company stores, and specialty stores
Tommy Sport, a defunct line that came out in the 1990s and capitalized on Hilfiger’s popularity in urban areas.
Tommy Hilfiger for the Home, a line of bedding and bath products
Tommy Sailing, was due to be released in January or February 2007.
Tommy, a brightly colored casual line.
Tommy Jeans, a denim inspired clothing collection and corresponding fragrance
Hilfiger Athletics, a sport inspired clothing line and fragrance

Runway highlights from Tommy Hilfiger SPRING 2012 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.       Wikipedia