Jerome Zhang and Baz Olanrewaju first collaborated while studying abroad at the Lyon University of Art and Design in Switzerland. Their style was initially criticized by professors for “being too urban,” but they decided to embrace what made them different. Jerome and Baz named their final thesis “Thorne” as a reminder to never shy away from challenging the status quo.
Returning home to opposite coasts in the States, Jerome and Baz continued to seek each other's advice until graduating in 2003. As young and talented designers fresh out of school, they found themselves in New York City working for top labels like Supply and Adirondack. After refining men’s haute couture for seven years, they’d set aside enough savings to devote themselves fully to their label.
Thorne launched its first footwear and accessories collection, Bastion, in 2013. Featured in zeitgeist leading publications like Aviator Magazine and Bedford-Grand, Bastion was commended for embodying a sense of wearable luxury. Under a license agreement with AUTRE S.p.A., Thorne’s creations are distributed in major cities throughout Europe and Asia.
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Now recognized around the world, Thorne has opened flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin.