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Gary Robinson Passes Away November 21st, 2009 in NYC

A very good friend – and was becoming a better one.


The attenuated, five-year life span of the Tom of Finland Clothing line had little to do with popularity and everything to do with financing. After an exhaustive study of Tom’s art, designers Gary Robinson and David Johnson produced a collection that brought the artist’s vision to three-dimensional life and was embraced by fashion editors, featured in music videos, and covered prominently on both fashion television and the E-Channel. The low slung, “hip-hugger” jeans that are currently the industry standard reflect Tom’s influence as well.

Spring 2003 Dispatch

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 On May 17, 2006 ToFF held a cocktail reception in Manhattan to celebrate Tom of Finland: Coming of Age, a 21-piece exhibition of extraordinary drawings. This evening’s event was only made possible through the focused efforts of three remarkable New York City men: Gary Robinson, Mark Nelson, and Brian Crede who all cochaired the gala exposition at the host venue, the Charles Cowles Gallery.


Rodney Scott, president CSW, Mike Goldie, Durk Dehner, Sharp, Gary Robinson at 2009 Los Angeles LGBT Pride Celebration. PHOTO: JayPG


The  TOM Camino “styled” by Gary Robinson

Durk, Etienne, Jean Claude and Gary Robinson in Paris
Durk, Etienne, Jean Claude and Gary Robinson in Paris 

The Tom of Finland Clothing Company

We at Tom of Finland Company & Tom of Finland Foundation proudly present a on going collection of video samplings of the creative contributions to our brand by the team of New York mens clothing designers Gary Robinson & David Johnson. Here are some of the runway shows that document their talents and the cultural influence by artist Tom of Finland. Included here is "The Absolut Tom" runway show that toured major cities of America presented in top name nightclubs.

These videos are a tribute to both designers, and especially dedicated to the memory of Gary Robinson for all his friends and family to enjoy. We miss his pesence and are glad to have had him be part of this wonderful life . We love you Gary. TOMOFFINLANDSMEN