The name Tom Ford symbolizes many things: strong-shouldered suits, evocative fragrances, daring advertisements, and a brand that Estée Lauder bought in a deal valued at $2.8 billion late last year. But it also represents the American designer behind all those things, whose unerring taste has made him a master at everything he touches, from fashion and beauty products to feature films—Ford directed A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. On this week’s Table for Two, Ford shares a rare lunch on the town with Bruce Bozzi and is unmistakably himself in a black suit, white shirt (with deliberately unbuttoned cuffs for the occasion), and matching pocket handkerchief. Here, he discusses his life beyond fashion and within it, and in all his charming contradictions—Ford is contemporary but classic, shy yet assertive—he adds color to his known authority on how to look good anywhere, and everywhere. Hear a preview of the episode below, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

Episode 11: Tom Ford

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