Meet Hector Browne, Thom Browne's Dog | A Fashion Designer's Best Friend
Hector Browne is the muse of top fashion designer Thom Browne, the fact that Hector is a Miniature Wire Hair Dachshund and not a willowy 18 year old blonde model makes this even better in my book and in general it is truly all about dogs especially Miniature Wire Hair Dachshund as we belong to Hector's very distant cousin also a miniature wire called Finnbar MacBrigadoon here in England, albeit Finnbar is Scottish.
A dachshund is like no other dog breed, they are of course full of character the breed originated in Germany as a hunting dog and can be traced as far back as the 15th century, the breed development really began in 17th century Germany. Called Dachshunds, or "badger-dogs," these short hounds did just that - hunted badgers. They have big hearts and very loyal, not a yappy dog but quite silent, until that is they meet another Dachshund then the shrill is quite deafening. Their bark sounds like a miniature Scooby Doo and yes they are full of character and can stare you down with what I call "the stink eye" I say I am "owned" by my little Finnbar, I miss him terribly if I am not with him and he is my constant. You can see here that Hector has become Thom and Andrew Bolton his life partner's whole life, they truly are inspired and in love with Hector.
Thom Browne delivered an honourary speech at the 2017 Recognition Ceremony for the BFA Fashion Design and MFA Fashion Design and Society at Parson School in which he talked about how he started from the ground up making coffees after coming out of University with an economics degree in New York and found that the executive world was just not him. He left New York and headed for LA, he got jobs everywhere, he even tried acting and would hunt through the antique shops looking for smart suits as he could not afford new. He would tailor them to fit and that was how he was inspired to move back to New York. Selling his car to pay for a plane ticket he was broke and finding his way, he started working for Armani as an account executive and there he was inspired. He started his business and keeping it afloat has been incredibly hard and very lonely at the beginning. And, now talking to new hopefulls he says that with all his fame and fortune he remains grounded by having both Andrew and Hector in his life "the only more important thing than this is having Andrew and Hector, it keeps everything in perspective and having a life outside of fashion and work is so important"
Both Andrew and Thom clearly love Hector he has changed and enriched their lives in so many ways. As he says, do not measure success on monetry terms, measure your success in working hard, love your work, be humble, be nice, love the work, love the process, love what you are creating more than anyone else and truly challenge yourself. Recognise those who help you on your way and have a clear vision and strive to create something new. What a wonderful and inspiring speech to so many young designers with hopes and dreams ahead of them and what a wonderful and inspirational man Thom Browne is.
Hector inspired the designer in 2016 to design a bag just like him and the young pooch quickly rose to fame when he was immortalised last March at Browne’s Fall 2016 runway show as a handbag made of Nutria, a type of river rat, used to mimic his scruffy fur. The accessory was first spotted on the arm of fashion critic Cathy Horyn, who opted to take her Hector bag as her sidekick to Paris Fashion Week, and was later spotted on the arms of several other well heeled street stylers. Now the weiner dog-shaped bags come in a variety of colourways and materials.
Of course now Hector has gone on to reference Thom Browne's collection in introducing the dachshund figure within his collections including Blazers and Loafers and there is also now a covetable wardrobe for dogs in fine marino sweaters.
The Hector Browne Bags are available from Thom Browne's website the Funmix Pebble Grain leather seen here retails @ $2600
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Thom Browne www.thombrowne.com
Hector Browne instagram account @hectorbrowne
Thom Browne has been honored the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2016, 2013 and 2006, the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.
He began his business with five suits and with a small by-appointment-only shop in 2001 and introduced his ready-to-wear collection in 2003. His traditionally based hand-made suits have evolved into collections recognized by museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fashion Museum in Bath. Browne’s innovations in tailoring have been identified with impacting the paradigm of men's and women’s fashion.
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