Designer Philippe Tournaye was born Baron Philippe Tournaye d’Asten in about 1925, in Belgium. He began his fashion career when he worked for five years with Jacques Fath in Paris.
He arrived in the US in 1949 and worked for two years for Chez Ninon, then the custom division of Bonwit Teller. He then became the chief designer for the suit and coat house Marquise, for whom he worked until about mid-1963, after which Tournaye became a designer for the dress house Rembrandt.
By January 1966 Tournaye and American Coty award winner Don Simonelli combined their designing talents for the new coat and suit firm of Modelia. In early 1968, and through at least mid-1969, Tournaye was designing for M. S. Couture, a division of Mort Schrader.
Written by lkranieri