Born and raised in New York City, Thomas graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in textile design. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY as the head colorist for a silk mill specializing in neckwear and scarves. He developed neckwear collections for Bill Blass, Oscar De la Renta, Calvin Klein and DKNY before launching his own label and the thomaspaul pillow collection 2001.
Thomas recently contributed to the exhibition Fragiles organized by the German publisher Gestalten. The exhibition focuses on cutting edge designs in porcelain, glass, and ceramics. A special collection of porcelain plates featuring designs from the thomaspaul melamine collection was produced especially for the exhibition.
The work has subsequently been published in the book Fragiles. Thomas’s work has also been published in the book Simply Pattern (Victionary) showcasing the best of graphic and pattern design from around the world.
The collection is currently expanding further into the personal accessories category to include a full collection of bags, small accessories, and scarves.
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