By  on April 5, 2012

Last year, the Tommy Hilfiger brand rang up $5.6 billion in worldwide sales at retail, with distribution in more than 90 countries. How Hilfiger, principal designer at the brand that bears his name, propelled himself from humble beginnings in Elmira, N.Y., into the ranks of the world’s top fashion brands is one of the best-known and oft-repeated tales of Seventh Avenue lore.

“When I was a teenager growing up in Elmira, I had a dream. And the dream was to become a designer and build my own brand,” related Hilfiger. Jump-starting that dream early, Hilfiger went into the jeans business with his friend Larry Stemerman as a high school student.

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