top of page
Photo:Thom Browne, Bethann Hardison & Libby Wadle

NEW YORK, NY(SMI-GLOBAL-FASHION-MAY 21-26, 2024)-The annual Parsons Benefit gala celebrated its 75th edition last Tuesday's evening May 21, honoring Libby Wadle (CEO of J. Crew Group), Thom Browne (Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Thom Browne) and Bethann Hardison (Fashion Advocate) with "The Parsons Table Award" for their extraordinary contributions to the fashion industry @ renowned Cipriani's Wall Street in the financial district NYC.

The 75th Parsons benefit, also, honored the graduating class of 2024, showcasing the work of the brightest students on a professional runway show during an elegant dinner attended by fashion industry leaders, Parsons alumni and global business supporters of the design, arts and fashion.  

The 75th Parsons benefit gala was hosted by actor/producer Nicole Ari Parker and all proceeds of the benefit raised will be used to support student scholarships in art, design, liberal arts, music, technology, and social innovation. 

The 2024-75th Parsons Benefit gala honorees:

                                        :           CEO, J. Crew Group (USA)

                                                    Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Thom Browne

                                                     Fashion Advocate & Luxury Brand Consultant




About Thom Browne:


Thom Browne is widely recognized for challenging and modernizing today’s uniform. By questioning traditional proportions, Browne’s designs consistently convey a true American sensibility rooted in quality craftsmanship and precise tailoring. 

In 2001, Browne began his business with five suits in a small “by appointment” shop in New York City’s West Village and, in the years following, expanded his business to include complete ready-to- wear, accessories and fragrance collections for both men (2003), women (2011) and children (2021). Browne has also become known for his highly conceptual runway presentations which have gained global attention for their thought provoking and dramatic themes and settings. 

Browne was announced as the Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, effective January 1, 2023. Browne has been honored with the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award (2006, 2013, 2016), the GQ Designer of the Year (2008), the FIT Couture Council Award (2017) as well as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award (2012). His designs are recognized by museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Costume Museum at Bath and the Mode Museum Antwerpen. Browne is currently serving as the Artist-In-Residence at Notre Dame where they’re teaching a class titled ‘Strong Suits: The Art, Business and Philosphy of Thom Browne.’ 

The brand is currently offered in over 300 leading department store and specialty boutique doors across 40 countries and through 117 retail stores, flagships and shop-in-shops in key cities such as New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver and Kobe. Since 2018 Thom Browne has been part of the Zegna Group, which currently retains 90% ownership and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. 

bottom of page