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. While working as a colorist and designer for a silk mill, he worked on neckwear collections for such designers as Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and DKNY.
This eventually led to the creation of his own collection. From this was born the start of the thomaspaul pillow collection, launched in 2001. Since then the line has steadily expanded into other categories apart from silk pillows to include tabletop, stationery, and lamp shades. The ultimate goal being to have products covering every aspect of the home, all with thomaspaul patterns gracing them.