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.
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