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Tommy Hilfiger: Writing my memoir was therapeutic

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Tommy Hilfiger: Writing my memoir was therapeutic

Tommy Hilfiger found "therapy" in writing his memoir.

The 65-year-old fashion label boss - who launched his self-titled fashion house in 1985 - has found it "interesting" reflecting on his over 30-year career in the fashion industry as he penned 'American Dreamer'.

Speaking to WWD about the creative process that drove him to build a global lifestyle company, Tommy said: "'American Dreamer' is a reflection on my experiences in the fashion industry from the last 30-plus years. It has been incredible to look back on the moments that have defined both my career and my personal life - from my childhood and origins in the fashion world to my enduring passion for pop culture and America. It's been months and months of writing. It's like therapy."

The book documents Hilfiger's beginnings in Elmira, New York, in a family of nine children to his first foray into the fashion business with his store The People's Place, bankruptcy at 25 and the creation of his multi-billion dollar brand.

In the tome, Hilfiger also discusses his life with his ex-wife Susie - with whom he has four children, Alexandria, 31, Elizabeth, 23, Kathleen, 20, and Ricky, 26 - and current spouse Dee and their young son Sebastian.

Speaking about the influential eras he lived through, a nostalgic Hilfiger said: "I remember a lot from Max's and Studio 54 - all of that period. It's been fun. The 70s, to me, were crazy. We'd go to Max's Kansas City and Studio 54. It was people from fashion, music - everyone was there. It was all night, all night."

'American Dreamer', written in collaboration with Peter Knobler, will be released November this year

Hilfiger founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation - with support from The Murjani Group - in 1985 and took his company public in 1992 when he launched his signature menswear collection.

His classic all-American and preppie-inspired designs turned the brand into a worldwide success and in 1995 he was named Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.