Born-and-bred New Yorker Thomas Paul Fernez graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in textile design.  After honing his coloring and design technique at a silk mill for scarves and neckties, he began developing neckwear collections in the fashion industry. Bringing this experience to the home accessories realm, Thomas debuted his first silk pillow collection in 2001, and soon after his eponymous brand expanded to bedding, linen, bath, antique-inspired toys, outdoor, and gift items.