1984: Tommy Hilfiger launches a men's sportswear collection licensed to Murjani.

1985: Hilfiger opens his first freestanding store in Manhattan on Madison Avenue, offering men's wear.

1986: The designer opens his second store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with talk of it being the launching pad to his pending women's extension.

1988: Hilfiger breaks away from Murjani International Ltd. to become a separate company.

1989: Silas Chou and Lawrence Stroll acquire a majority stake in Tommy Hilfiger Inc. The Murjani license ends.

1992: Tommy Hilfiger goes public, making its debut at $15 a share in September and soaring to $26 in two months.

1995: Hilfiger is bestowed with CFDA's fashion award for men's wear designer of the year.

1996: The designer launches women's sportswear and his first fragrance, Tommy Girl.

2001: Hilfiger buys the license for Tommy Hilfiger Europe from T.H. International NV for $200 million in cash.

2002: The company announces that it will close 37 of its 44 U.S. stores.

2003: Hilfiger steps down as chairman of his company, assuming the title of honorary chairman and principal designer. Then-chief executive officer Joel Horowitz takes over as chairman.

2004: Tommy signs Beyoncé Knowles as the face of True Star to boost his fragrance business; the better-priced H Hilfiger collection launches exclusively at 120 Federated stores with a $10 million marketing budget, and an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan begins as a result of 10 shareholder lawsuits filed against the firm. In December, the designer announces that he is buying trademarks for the Karl Lagerfeld name, including Lagerfeld Gallery.

2005: Hilfiger halts the delivery of the H Hilfiger collection with plans to concentrate the line in its own retail stores; the designer's reality show "The Cut" makes its debut on CBS, and the investigation against him is completed with him cleared.

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