If you got an email from Tom Ford this morning regarding the launch of Mr. Porter, Net-a-Porter's hotly anticipated men's shopping site, don't get too excited. Apparently, someone has been sending emails out regarding Mr. Porter under the moniker Tom Ford. And the Mr. Ford is not pleased. An excerpt from the release we received:
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.
TOM FORD also does not sell any TOM FORD products to Net-a-Porter or its affiliate Mr. Porter and neither Net-a-Porter nor its affiliate Mr. Porter is an authorized distributor of TOM FORD products.
The person we feel really bad for in this situation? Tom Ford, the Net-a-Porter exec who happens to have the same name as the world's sexiest designer. As WSJ report Ray A. Smith confirms via Twitter: "There's an employee at Mr Porter named Tom Ford. Folks who received correspondence signed by this Mr. Ford thought it was the other MR FORD."
Should Mr. Porter have used another exec's name when sending out those emails? Maybe. But if Tom Ford is the man behind the curtain, why should he not get the credit? So much drama.