FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama waves as she walks in the Inaugural Parade wearing an outfit by fashion designer Thom Browne. Browne is building a business _ and what he hopes is a smart, long-lasting business at that. He’s just not the overzealous, mercurial artiste. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t overthink Thom Browne.
Yes, he dressed Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day in an outfit made of fabrics usually used for men’s ties, and, yes, his most recent New York Fashion Week show seemed a fairy tale interpreted through “Fifty Shades of Grey.” But Browne says he isn’t staring at the ceiling at night thinking how to shake up fashion. He’s just not the overzealous, mercurial artiste.
What he’s doing is building a business — and what he hopes is a smart, long-lasting business at that.
Browne has made an impeccably tailored (although slightly shrunken) suit his uniform, for goodness sakes.
He came from a nice family in Allentown, Pa. He was a college swimmer at Notre Dame, where he studied economics. He cared about school and sports, Browne says, and he didn’t think much about his wardrobe until he landed in New York in the 1990s and got an office job at Giorgio Armani.