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Tommy Hilfiger wrote memoir before he forgot aspects of his life

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."

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