Whether you like his style or not he is the the most important young menswear designer in New York. Thom is at the fore front of a new retail niche; Sartorial Designer Menswear.
This new niche will offer super high end quality but with a fashion edge that will allow stores to bridge them between ,say, Borrelli/Kiton and Dior/Marc Jacobs.
Tom Ford and Michael Bastian (formerly of Bergdorf) will also soon be in this segment, I hear even Luciano Barbera is retooling their collection to bring a younger hipper edge to their offerings.
I can’t wait to se how he evolves, he has already created a signature look (some designers take years too find theirs) that he can spread across all the new categories he introduces.
I also like that he is an American designer that has based his look in traditional American design without losing its edge or ability to be exported around the world. He is teaching an entire new generation why JFK was so cool.