Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY in the mid-nineties after, graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Design. While working as a colorist and designer for a silk mill specializing in neckwear and scarves, he worked on neckwear collections for such designers as Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and DKNY.
This eventually led to the creation of his own neckwear collection, digities, in the late 90′s. From this was born the start of the thomaspaul pillow collection, launched in 2001, which was originally conceived of as an idea of utilizing the silk printing mill’s capabilities for home accessories instead of personal accessories. Since then the line has steadily expanded into other categories apart from silk pillows to include tabletop, stationery, and lamp shades. The ultimate goal being to have products covering every aspect of the home, all with thomaspaul patterns gracing them.
vision for the thomaspaul brand has always been about combining classic design
motifs from different periods in textile design. Incorporating anything
from an 18th century Damask pattern to a camouflage print. The unifying
thread between so many different styles is to change the designs so they are
updated for today. For me this means changing the scale, so they are
always bold, and reducing down the colors and details, so most designs are
reduced to two or three colors and become very flat, bold prints. I am
always looking to vintage fabrics and motifs for inspiration and new ideas, but
always try to update these to look good for today." - Thomas