Tomas Maier

Tomas Maier biography

Born: Pforzheim, Germany, 1956

Tomas Maier

Growing up in Germany, Tomas Maier moved to Paris to attend the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. After graduation, Maier worked for a succession of luxury houses including Sonia RykielGuy Laroche, Revillon and Hermès.

Maier launched his own label in 1997. He established a line of swimwear and separates for men and women. The collections were immediately popular, selling at his boutiques in Miami Beach, Palm Beach and Florida. In 1998 Maier launched an online boutique.

In 2001, after Gucci’s acquisition of Bottega Veneta, Tom Ford sought out Maier and appointed him creative director of the house. Maier helped transform Bottega Veneta from a fading Italian house to a leading lifestyle brand. Following the house’s tradition, Maier pushed away from logos and celebrity endorsements and focused the label on craftsmanship and quality.

The Tomas Maier label is now sold in over 100 stores in 30 countries worldwide. Known for its luxurious and elegant separates, swimwear and accessories, the Tomas Maier style is lavish, comfort loungewear.

Tomas Maier as a designer is known for his simplicity. His designs are always luxurious and of a high craftsmanship, but with a subtle quietness and elegance. Having increased Bottega Venta’s sales by 800% since he joined them in 2001, Maier is a rare talent.

Tomas Maier biography


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Written by Saxony Dudbridge

Saxony Dudbridge was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project, Saxony studies International Fashion Marketing and she is responsible for our great History and Designers Biographies sections.

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