Who Is Tome, Winners of Ecco Domani’s Womenswear Award?

Tome designers Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo took the 2013 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation prize — an award that supports emerging fashion talent — for womenswear, joining the ranks of Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, and Alexander Wang. The two New York-based Australians won a $25,000 grant toward their New York Fashion Week presentation. Here, ARTINFO breaks down Tome:

Who: Ramon Martin, 34, and Ryan Lobo, 34

Homebase: New York

The Label: Tome

Established: 2011

The Story: Martin and Lobo met in 1998 when the two were studying fashion design at the University of Technology, Sydney. They split into two directions, but knew that if they were ever to establish a fashion label they would do it together. Martin went into fashion design, honing his craft under Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Atelier and Alberta Ferretti before his most recent post as design director at Derek Lam (also an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner, previously). Lobo worked as a buyer for two Australian luxury stores, an editor at the online magazine Pages, and eventually a photographer for publications like the Sunday Times, Oyster, and Marie Claire. A few years ago the two finally felt the time was right to start their label, and Tome was born.

The Look: Tome doesn’t discriminate. “Purity is the cornerstone of this ‘every woman’ brand,” reads the label’s bio. “Form follows function and every piece in the collection is infinitely wearable.” Much of the spring 2013 collection consists of everyday basics with Tome’s own touch; think a crisp white button-up shirt with a metallic bronze collar or a classic cotton trench elegantly oversized. Exaggerated proportions mixed with playful embroidery give an extra zing to the simple pieces, which could easily be worn by women of all ages and body types.

Where to Find It: lagarconne.com; Condor, Owen, and MNZ in New York; L’Essage in Tokyo and Sapporo; and mychameleon.com.au

-Ann Binlot

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Images: Top: Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of TOME/Courtesy TOME Bottom: TOME Spring 2013/Courtesy TOME