A Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School has opened at Elmira College.
The 70-year-old fashion designer and his siblings, Andy and Betsy, have teamed up to open an educational facility in New York that aims to provide fashion students with business knowledge as part of a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Hilfiger told WWD: “The partnership with Elmira College reflects much more than my personal connection to the area. The fashion industry runs on a never-ending influx of new talent, and this program will be instrumental in shaping aspiring designers and entrepreneurs through firsthand knowledge and experience in the business.”
The designer and his siblings grew up in Elmira, where he also opened his first local store in 1969 called People’s Place, and now Hilfiger wants to “give back” to his hometown.
He continued: “I want to give back to my hometown, Elmira, N.Y., and inspire students who are interested in