Thomas Raab studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology before landing his first job at DKNY as a menswear designer. After seven years with the brand, he was lured to Atlanta by Sid Mashburn and appointed head of men’s design. Now the design director of the avant-garde, Miami Beach–based clothing line Alchemist, he develops menswear, womenswear, shoes, and handbags. When he’s not at home in Atlanta, he’s sourcing fabrics and visiting factories in New York, Los Angeles, and Italy. Next up? His own label, TAR (his first initial plus those of his wife, Angelica, and daughter, Rio), which combines the sport of American workwear with the precision of Japanese tailoring.
I grew up in Greenlawn, New York, which is part of the Huntington township, between Manhattan and the Hamptons.
I never leave home without my MacBook Pro, headphones, Rhodia notebook, plastic toothpicks, breath spray, tape measure, and a spare T-shirt—typically a concert tee.
I wear tons of black.
I spend an inordinate amount of time at Lenox Square, which is the best spot in Atlanta for people-watching.
David Bowie and my wife, Angelica, who is the most stylish person I’ve ever met! She is the VP of design and color at Spanx. My all-time favorite designer is Rick Owens.
In my earbuds
My current heavy rotation is Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Simon & Garfunkel, Bishop Briggs, Franz Ferdinand, and the Club Acoustic playlist on Spotify.
Hopefully, one day, I will visit my biological origins in Vietnam and Thailand.
The Guava Cheesecake ice cream at Queen of Cream
When off the clock
I’m singing karaoke on Buford Highway. I also love going to concerts at Lakewood Amphitheater and watching movies at the Tara theater on Cheshire Bridge.
TAR’s oversized camo leather tote is made in L.A. with European leather and converts to a backpack. Price upon request, tar-usa.com
This article appears in our November 2018 issue.