There Is Another Tom Ford Working in the Fashion Industry

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No, not that one. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images

This morning, e-retailer Net-a-Porter sent out an e-mail about the upcoming launch of its menswear site, Mr. Porter, which was signed by Tom Ford. Of course, it wasn't that Tom Ford, but rather a Net-a-Porter executive who, God forbid, happens to have the same combination of very common first and last names. (I mean, what were his parents thinking?) Enough people got in a tizzy over this that the Tom Ford label issued a release about it, which stated: "Recently we have received calls from the press as well as calls from individuals regarding correspondence that they have received from the on line retail website 'Mr. Porter' signed by a person named Tom Ford. Please note that neither Tom Ford, the Designer, nor TOM FORD, the fashion brand, has any involvement whatsoever in Mr. Porter and that any correspondence received from Mr. Porter has no relation to Tom Ford, the Designer, or TOM FORD, the fashion brand." [Fashionista]