Every style has a story.
Founding of HENKE & CO
First Garment under the name „Tom“
First Men Collection
Birth of the Tom Tailor Brand
Tom Tailor Kids
Tom Tailor Women
Tom Tailor Denim
Tom Tailor Baby
The beginnings: discoverers, adventurers — and businessmen
In 1962, Hamburg-based Uwe Schröder and Hans-Heinrich Pünjer founded HENKE & CO, a textile trading company. What started with terry towels soon extended to menswear pieces - until the first corduroy pants were marketed under the name of “Tom“. An idea was born.
Uwe Schröder’s spirit of discovery already showed at this early stage: in 1967, he boarded a 35-hour-flight to Hongkong, seeking an independent production site. Back then, adventures like this were not at all common in the fashion industry. He forged his own path and ended up founding his first factory in Vietnam… which ended up destroyed only two years later, during the Vietnam War.
The birth of the brand: We dress people!
But instead of giving up, Uwe had higher ambitions — he added “Tailor“ to the already established “Tom“ and created today’s brand. From day one, he employed with the now familiar logo.
The first Tom Tailor shirts already made a statement for freedom and adventure. They were released in 1972, accompanied by the claim WE DRESS PEOPLE.
Evolution of an international brand family
1999 marked the introduction of Tom Tailor Kids. Its easy-going style quickly gained popularity among young discoverers.
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The first womenswear collection followed in 1999: Tom Tailor Women. This expansion was key to further establishing TT as a brand — and it remains one of our most popular lines today.
With the launch of the online shop in 2006, TT entered the e-commerce sector.
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Tom Tailor Denim has been exploring youth culture and urban trends since 2007. The jeans-based collections are the louder, faster version of our casual lifestyle.
Even more diversity was added to the portfolio in 2019: the lines MY TRUE ME and mine to five combine plus-size and office styles with Tom Tailor’s well-known quality standards and effortless feeling.