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Publisher's Summary

In this tale of grit and glamour, setbacks and comebacks, business and pop culture icon Tommy Hilfiger shares his extraordinary life story for the first time.

Few designers have stayed on top of changing trends the way Tommy Hilfiger has. Fewer still have left such an indelible mark on global culture. Since designing his first collection of "classics with a twist" three decades ago, Tommy Hilfiger has been synonymous with all-American style - but his destiny wasn't always so clear. Growing up one of nine children in a working-class family in Elmira, New York, Tommy suffered from dyslexia, flunked sophomore year of high school, and found himself constantly at odds with his father. Nevertheless, this self-described dreamer had a vision and the relentless will to make it a reality. At 18 he opened his own clothing store, parlaying his uncanny instinct for style into a budding career as a fashion designer. Through decades of triumph and turmoil, Tommy remained doggedly optimistic. To this day his approach to commerce is rooted in his positive view of the world.

American Dreamer brims with anecdotes that cover Tommy's years as a club kid and scrappy entrepreneur in 1970s New York as well as unique insights into the exclusive A-list personalities with whom he's collaborated and interacted, from Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. But this is more than just a fashion icon's memoir - it's a road map for building a brand, both professionally and personally. Tommy takes us behind the scenes of every decision - and every mistake - he's ever made, offering advice on leadership, business, team-building, and creativity. This is the story of a true American original, told for the first time in his own words, with honesty, humor, and the insatiable appetite for life and style that proves that sometimes you have to dream big to make it big.

©2016 Tommy Hilfiger (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A unique look into the fashion world... an honest, straightforward, mostly entertaining autobiography of the man who created a classic yet hip line of clothing." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Fashionistas and business gurus alike will glean important lessons from Hilfiger's rags-to-riches rag-trade story." (Booklist)
"Tommy burst onto the fashion scene at the height of hip-hop and was instantly taken up by rappers and rockers alike. Since then, year after year he has been ahead of the curve with his elegant and stylish looks. His creative energy has always been an inspiration to me. He's really himself in American Dreamer." (Mick Jagger)

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Magnificent!

This book was absolutely amazing and inspiring.
I couldn't put it down.
I ended up trying to google photos and read articles and actually live myself in the moment.
I now have so much respect and regard for the Tommy Hilfiger brand.
I love hearing how through all his trials and error, he built himself up again.
Always improving no matter what the obstacle was.
I am so motivated to start making my own way into the fashion industry.
This book I will always keep at hand.
It truly inspires me to hear that great people are able to achieve whatever they set out to do, and never let things such as collage or finances hold them back.
Thank you so much for writing this book.

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Triumphant, Survivor

The book was a bit slow in the beginning but hang in there. Tommy Hilfiger is an American Dream success story. I would recommend for any young professional. Success doesn't come without failure. Stay true to your vision.

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Great story and words of wisdom for designers!

Really enjoyed this book and all of the ups and downs of Tommy's career as a designer!

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Disappointing

I'm still torn on where the blame for this should fall. The performance was bland and mundane, lacking any real emotion or passion. It was just hard to listen to. However, he didn't have much to work with. The biography itself is self gratuitous and nauseating, and at times bizarre. For example, the author glossed over, and rushed through, the account of his father's death, but offered detailed accounts of his upscale real estate transactions, and the time he hung out at the beach with Mick Jagger and David Bowie. I never felt a connection to the author and at times felt myself disliking him. I respect Tommy Hilfiger for all that he's achieved. He's a great American success story of rags to riches, which is why I chose this book to listen to. Unfortunately it fails to deliver in any meaningful way.