Tommy Hilfiger, Harvard, Salvation Army discussed on Art of the Hustle
I can't believe it. I'm sitting across the table from an icon. Honestly, in my opinion, a legend, Tommy hilfiger. Thanks so much for being with us today. My pleasure. So we're talking to say, I mean, first of all, congratulations. You have a new book. It's called American dreamer. Thank you talk to me a little bit about writing this memoir. I mean, why did you know that right now is the right time for you to write this. I didn't really know when I was approached by the people at Random House, right? They asked if I wanted to do it, and I'd been asked by other people over the years. And I thought I thought I'm going to wait until I'm much older. But then I started thinking when I'm much older. I might forget. And there's a lot. I remember right now. Right. I don't know. Maybe when I'm like, eighty forget everything. So I want my kids to be able to read it I want my. Fans my customers to be able to read it. It's not only my life story. But as the book says so the just under the title of American dreamer. It says my life in fashion and business. Yes. So I talk about how to build a brand. Right. And that's that's really what this podcast is all about. I mean, it's it's really geared towards all the young startup entrepreneurs. That are in the we workspaces and they have dreams America dreams. They just have dreams the way that you did when you started. And so really what we do at our the hustle is. We're looking to really try to understand the back story. And then also get some actionable tips for everyone. That's just getting started in that process. The where you were. And so let's go back to the beginning. Okay. All right. You're the second of nine children. That's right. How did growing up with that many siblings influence, you your career and your work ethic? Well, I was second of nine the first boy. So my parents were both working really hard. But I knew I would have to work on my own to be able to buy my converse. And by my leave is and whatever else I needed. So I when I was very young started, you know, odd jobs raking leaves shovel snow, whatever I could do to make some extra money, and then I had a newspaper rude worked at a gas station tried all sorts of different things, but I was influenced by music, and when the Beatles and the stones and the who and all the very cool groups came to the states, I started watching and listening and becoming obsessed with music and I wanted to play, but I was terrible. I was. I try playing guitar that didn't work. I wanted to sing in my brothers band that didn't work. So I ended up looking like a rockstar had long hair or bell-bottoms, very cool clothes and. Then I decided I should I should open a shop a store. So I opened a store when I was eighteen years old, and I took the money I'd save from working at a gas station, right, but jeans, like twenty pairs of jeans, and I sold them to my friends, and then opened a small shop win with a couple of friends, and we started selling selling the jeans and selling like, fests and candles and all sorts of a cool stuff. And we started expanding our business. So I mean that that's so it's barista person four so me, I I'm a Harvard kid. My parents are Salvation Army officers, and we didn't have any money growing up either. But I knew I wanted to do music myself. Right. And so in order to afford, the actual keyboards, and you know, different drum making machines and everything I clean toilets at Harvard because that was the job that nobody wanted but paid the most it was called dorm crew. Right..