Tom Patterson and Erin Fujimoto graduated from Arizona State University in 2002.
Tommy John — founded by ASU grads — opening Scottsdale store
Today, after 11 years of building equity in comfort within their men’s and women’s underwear and apparel line, Tommy John founders have opened up their doors to the Valley.
Husband and wife team, Tom Patterson and Erin Fujimoto, founded Tommy John in 2008 with the goal of solving the problems men and women faced with their underwear and apparel. Fujimoto, a Phoenix native, had a prior background in finance at JP Morgan, while Patterson had a career in medical device sales. Neither of them had a background in clothing design nor manufacturing, but together they sought to bring more comfortable solutions to the underwear market. Both Patterson and Fujimoto graduated Arizona State University in 2002.
The 1,700-square-foot retail location in the Apple wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square will include an assortment of Tommy John men’s and women’s underwear, undershirts, bras and apparel. The space was designed with shoppers’ comfort in mind and will also offer prosecco and local beers on tap. Similar to Tommy John’s other two retail locations, in Charlotte, North Carolina and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, they will also host local community events regularly.
“We’re thrilled to open our doors to the Scottsdale community,” said Erin Fujimoto, co-founder of Tommy John. “Having been born and raised in Arizona, this store opening is particularly meaningful to me. I can’t wait to introduce new products to the community and hopefully help make Scottsdale shoppers a little more comfortable in the process.”
This store opening comes just after the expansion of Tommy John’s Go Anywhere Apparel line and launch of Tommy John Bras, as well as the opening of a holiday pop-up in Skokie, Illinois. Tommy John is set to open another retail location in Houston, Texas next month and expected to sell over 10 million pairs of underwear by December 2019.
“Over the last two years we’ve been really excited by our shoppers’ response to Tommy John stores,” adds Tom Patterson. “We look forward to provide a truly newly unique shopping experience to a community that means so much to us.”