The Art of Tommy Bahama


Carefully printed, gorgeously detailed fabrics are a Tommy Bahama hallmark, and have been since our founding in 1993. Some of these prints spring from collaborations with renowned textile artists, but most have their origins in our in-house art department: a team of 10 designers who paint and draw these works of art by hand, using watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, and ink.

The designer at work

Inspiration for these prints often comes from the tropics: colorful birds, island foliage and flowers, tiki and surf elements. This spring, we looked to the classic resort town of Saint-Tropez. This Cote d'Azur destination inspired the signature print you see above. It's a traditional French toile print, a patterned fabric that tells a story of life as it should be lived, through the eyes of Tommy Bahama.

Making prints