This CFDA-Nominated Designer Is The North Face's New Head of Creative

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This CFDA-Nominated Designer Is The North Face's New Head of Creative

By Apparel Staff - 10/03/2017
Tim Hamilton is joining The North Face as head of creative.

The North Face appointed Tim Hamilton as head of global creative for The North Face, effective immediately. Hamilton will be responsible for the creative direction of the brand and its products for all global markets.

Hamilton brings more than 20 years of experience in design and large-scale collaborations, and has built a reputation in the industry for technical craftsmanship and modern minimalism, while reflecting subtle shifts in youth culture.

“For us, exploration is a mindset, and we look at the vibrancy and culture of our cities and our mountains to embrace the ways people push limits, create, and pursue their passion,” global president of The North Face Arne Arens said. “Tim has pushed the boundaries of design and innovation by drawing inspiration from the unexpected. We see a lot potential in fusing our brand’s heritage with Tim’s fresh perspective.”

The North Face has been making the best, most technical gear imaginable for the past 50 years. In continuing that pursuit, Hamilton will work across all of The North Face consumer territories, bringing his design inspiration, innovative partnerships and perspective to the brand.

“I've always been fascinated by outdoor culture and how its product sits at the forefront of design and innovation. I've drawn inspiration from it and have referenced it throughout my career,” Hamilton said. “I'm thrilled to be joining The North Face, the originators of technical outdoor products and an iconic brand for exploration and want to continue to push the boundaries.”

Hamilton launched his eponymous label in 2007 establishing a new, modern sportswear expression in American fashion. It was received in NY, Paris, London and Tokyo. He has designed capsule collections for Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman, and is known for innovative fashion and art collaborations with multi-disciplinary artist Seth Price, painter Ross Bleckner and artist photographer Collier Shorr. In his previous roles, Hamilton has designed for Madewell, J Crew, Gap Inc., and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Hamilton comes to The North Face with several accolades and accomplishments.

  • He was the first American fashion house invited by the Chambre Syndicale to feature both its men’s and women’s collection at Paris Fashion Week 2009
  • He is a CFDA three-time nominee and won in 2009
  • The Tim Hamilton/Seth Price runway exhibit, Look Lateral, was recognized by Artforum; Best of 2012
  • His partnership with multi-disciplinary artist Seth Price for Documenta in 2012 was acquired by New York’s MoMA for its permanent collection.

Hamilton will report to Arens.