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FAST FRIENDS: “He’s my new best friend, I love our friendship,” gushed Thom Browne of Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Although his own show is slated for Paris next week, the designer took the time to fly to Milan to show his support for Zegna, which took a majority stake in Thom Browne Inc. at the end last August. While Browne demurred from detailing any specific future plan for the brand, he said there will be “a lot more stores opening in the next couple of years.”
In a sign of Zegna’s pull in China, Hong Kong singer and actor William Chan Wai-ting attended the show, flanked by, among others, the brand’s longtime friend, actor Daniel Brühl; model Winnie Harlow, who snapped photos of the looks throughout the show, and American actor McCaul Lombardi, who fronted Zegna’s advertising campaign with Robert De Niro in 2017. Michele Norsa, vice chairman of Missoni, was also at the show, having joined the board of Zegna in 2017.
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Thom Browne continues to cozy up to the sports world.
On Tuesday, the designer will unveil a new golf capsule collection in Milan. Invitations to the evening event at the Thom Browne store on the city’s famed Via Gesù shopping street went out Monday morning.
The brand is keeping the details of the line under wraps until the reveal, but it’s just the latest move into the sports arena for Browne.
In July, he inked a three-year deal with FC Barcelona to become the official provider of the team’s off-field tailored and formal wear uniforms beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates sported the designer’s signature shrunken gray suits for the first time earlier this month.
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in his Thom Browne uniform.
The new FC Barcelona suits are similar to those worn by NBA star LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates at the NBA Finals this past spring. The idea to dress the basketball players was apparently Browne’s but the FC Barcelona deal came about after the league reached out to him.
Browne grew up an athlete — he swam at Notre Dame and is still a competitive runner — but whether he’s a golf enthusiast isn’t
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