Tom Ford Says He'll Be the 'Number One' Fashion Designer Soon, Means that in a 'Humble' Way

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In case you were laboring under the delusion that Tom Ford — he of the immaculate chest hair and fondness of statements like "I am my own muse" — is suffering from low self esteem, think again.

In an interview with WWD, the designer laid out his plan for fashion world domination.

"I want it to be one of the five largest, most developed luxury brands in the world," he said of his namesake label. "If not number one, then number two."

But, if that happens, don't expect to see every woman and her mom running around parachute-back dresses and sexy leg braces.


"By the time you get to number one or number two, you have to start to make a ton of stuff you don’t like, and you sort of have to be making ugly $300 bags that are selling in China," he said. "And by the way — they are. The top three companies, let’s say, in terms of volume — they are. You’d be really surprised at some of the frightening products that you have to generate if you want to go to that scale."

Not that that's going to stop him. Ford is prepared to surpass Louis Vuitton, — which he considers to be the number one fashion brand in the world — Gucci, Armani, and Chanel. "I could and will, certainly within the next 10 years, if not sooner. But I think there are very few people in the world that could," he said. "I say that in the most humble way, meaning that I’ve had every advantage that anyone could possibly have. I had enough money to self-finance. I had a well-known name."

Imagine: a world where sorority girls aspire to own dresses whose sleeves are attached to their hems, rather than monogrammed LV bags.

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