Tommy Ton – Fashion’s Wonder Kid

5 Jan

“Anyone anywhere can be influential or just have a point of view that’s interesting; it doesn’t matter how old you are or what country you live in, but if you have something to say you can easily say it now and that’s totally new.”

These are the inspiring words of Fashion’s newest most influential person – Tommy Ton, a fashion photoblogger of the ‘JakandJil’ blog fame.  In today’s technology obsessed world, where internet plays the role of nothing less than ‘god’, there are worshippers emerging everyday out of every little nooks and corners. But for someone to stand-out in this highly competitive scenario, is a thing worth appalling for. Fashion’s new hero Tommy Ton, who started photo-blogging in just September 2008, has today become one of the ‘Industry favorites’ and an important fashion insider, grabbing himself a position in the front row for D&G show, sitting along with Hamish Bowles and Anna Wintour.

Tommy Ton - Fashion photo-blogger

Tommy Ton (3rd from right) sitting in the front row with Hamish Bowles & Anna Wintour

(As told in an interview to Models.com) Tommy Ton’s love for fashion began while he was 13 living in Canada, watching Fashion TV and reading all fashion magazines and books he could lay his hands on. At the age of 15, he realized if he wanted to be a designer, he should assist one, but soon after having experience with that, he felt he needed to be at the business front of fashion, so he joined Holt Renfrew (Bergdorf of Canada), where he worked for 3 yrs, and realized again that this is not where he wants to be. He then saw a new online magazine, and thought of doing something over the internet, and so he bought a camera and started clicking street fashion. Not exactly excited with the fashion scene in Canada, Tommy bought himself tickets to London and Paris to be able to photograph people of fashion capitals. And finally, like a happy kid in a candy store, he fell in love with the fashion there and started clicking extensively. Soon he started with his blog, where he kept publishing his interesting pictures with a keen eye for shoes and details. His pictures were an instant hit, and as truly quoted by Christine Dychiao for Philipinne Star – “Style watchers and shoe lovers know that when they’re craving a heavy dose of style and shoe porn, it only takes one visit to jakandjil.com to satiate their desire.”

Tommy Ton at work

Tommy Ton at work

Just 2 months after he started photo-blogging, he received an offer from Lane Crawford, they wanted him to shoot their next campaign. And from there on the journey began towards success of this young talent, who is today covering fashion weeks for the likes of New York Times, International issues of Elle magazine, GQ magazine, and most importantly now covering street style for Style.com. The young gun, sometimes get baffled himself when he realizes that today he is being invited to all top notch shows by the biggest designers, and covered by the biggest magazines – like American & French Vogue, whereas just some time back he used stand outside the show areas waiting for people among these very publications to step out and get clicked by him.

Tommy Ton with Carine Roitfeld infront of Eiffel Tower

Tommy Ton's exhibition

Tommy Ton's exhibition

 

Also catch this article on fashionfad.in

http://fashionfad.in/fashion/infocus/content/viewEntry.aspx?slno=138

P.S

Tommy Ton’s work is a great inspiration for me….his extremely keen eye for fashion and dedication towards his blog has taken him to new heights. Bravo Tommy Ton…All The Best for your future endeavors….shall always be your fan!

For all of you guys who want to see his work, here is his blog link: http://jakandjil.com/blog/

Also check out his street style section at Style.com – http://www.style.com/trendsshopping/stylenotes/Spring_2010_RTW_Street_Style/

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