Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY in the mid-nineties after graduating from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in textile design. While working as a colorist and designer for a silk mill specializing in neckwear and scarves, he worked on neckwear collections for such designers as Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and DKNY. This eventually led to the creation of his own neckwear collection, the short-lived digities in the late 90's. From this was born the start of the thomaspaul pillow collection, launched in 2001, which was originally conceived of as an idea of utilizing the silk printing mill's capabilities for home accessories instead of personal accessories.
Thomas Paul throw pillows are bold, lively and colorful. True to his roots as a home accessories designer, Thomas Paul continues to create strong graphic designs uniquely created for decorative throw pillows. His pillows often combine a monochromatic or sepia look with soft pastel colors, creating a warm hand-tinted effect. Thomas Paul throw pillows present images of nature, including birds, trees, flowers and aquatic life, alongside bold geometric patterns. His natural themes extend to the wonderful cotton and linen fabrics that bring a richness to his designs. Often hand-woven and hand screened, these beautifully finished fabrics are as much of a hallmark of Thomas Paul throw pillows as are his designs.