Tommy Hilfiger wrote memoir before he forgot aspects of his life
Tommy Hilfiger penned his memoir so he could remember his life and career.
The designer, known for his all-American aesthetic, has been a style staple since he launched his namesake brand in the mid-1980s. His rise to the top wasn't without problems, and Tommy has now chronicled the highs and the lows of his career in new tome American Dreamer: My Life in the Fashion Business.
"Look, I had been asked to write it over the years by a few different people. And I kept saying, no, no, no, I think I will wait until I'm much older," Tommy explained to PBS. "And then it dawned on me that I might forget a lot in my later years.
"My mind is very fresh now. I have got a lot of energy, so I thought, you know what, for my children's sake, I would like to take the reader through my journey chronologically."
Opening up about why he chose to follow a vocation in fashion, the 65-year-old recalls how he was never thought of as smart as a kid because he had dyslexia. After the music explosion of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, Tommy then decided he wanted to be a rock star, though couldn't sing or play an instrument. Failing that, he honed in on people's interest in his own look.
"A couple of other buddies and I put together our $150 we had saved from working part-time jobs, bought 20 pairs of jeans and opened a shop, at 18 years old," he smiled. "(We were) Making it up as we went along. I thought, if I could build my own brand, I could do whatever I want to do with it. I could design it myself. I could market it the way I want to market it.
"I wanted to build a brand that that was creative and exciting and unique. But I wanted to make it into a real business."