Since Tommy Ton first burst onto the scene in 2005, he's remained a crucial figure in the once-burgeoning, now-foundational realm of street style photography. After a decade of capturing Fashion Month — first for his former blog, Jak & Jil, soon followed by Style.com and GQ.com — the 31-year-old is breaking away from publications to launch his own website, TommyTon.com, which officially went live on Wednesday.
According to an interview with Business of Fashion, Ton's online home will soon feature more than 15,000 of his crisp, instantly recognizable street style photographs from the past 10 years. This large catalogue will include new, exclusive images, as well as those previously published on the aforementioned sites.
Visitors will be able to sort snaps by color, brand, trend and even subject — the latter of which will surely please the myriad of street style-hungry fans on the hunt for inspiration. As such, the site already has a hefty working search section, with scrolling "Features" and "Archive" verticals in operation. In the coming months, Ton's site will grow to spotlight more than just street style imagery, and he plans to incorporate original interviews, editorials and videos, as well as more runway and backstage photography.
Ton's timing, while potentially strategic, could not have been better: Following Style.com's Sept. 1 merger with Vogue.com, he will not join the newly-minted Vogue Runway team and will instead cover the upcoming spring 2016 shows independently.
It's clear the street style pioneer has plenty of tricks up his sleeve — and we look forward to closely following TommyTon.com all throughout New York Fashion Week.