By  on July 23, 2007

NEW YORK — Since launching his label in 2001, Thom Browne has been quietly custom-making pieces for women from his Meatpacking District atelier here. Now the men’s wear designer is making a serious run at women’s ready-to-wear.

Browne put together a collection of 25 pieces for women under his namesake moniker that will be available at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey New York and Colette in Paris this fall. Aesthetically, the line is in the spirit of Browne’s men’s wear with his signature details such as short, shrunken jackets and trousers that fall just above the ankle. It will also include coats, oxford shirts and cardigans. Suits and coats are priced around $4,000 at retail, sweaters, $1,500, and shirts, $400, which is in line with the men’s wear.

Browne became energized for women’s while creating Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece collection, which he guest designs. He unveiled his first Black Fleece women’s pieces last March, featuring tailored suits, pleated dresses, plaid knits and men’s wear-inspired topper coats.


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