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Photographer Known for his Fashion Blog Jak & Jil

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Tommy Ton Biography

Tommy Ton is a Canadian photographer known for his fashion blog Jak & Jil and his street style coverage of fashion weeks on Style.com and GQ.com. His favorite subjects are fashion editors, the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Anna Dello Russo.

Tommy Ton was born in Oakville, Ontario to Vietnamese Canadian parents. When Ton was 13 years old, he was asked by his sister to record FashionTelevision. Tom Ford appeared in the segment that Ton was recording, where Ford began expressing his views on women and sexuality. Impressed by Ford’s ability to speak eloquently with carefully chosen words about his collection, Ton’s interest in fashion began.

Although Ton did not receive formal training in photography, he educated himself by attending digital photography classes and met with friends who did graphic design to pursue a career in fashion and photography.

Following his new-found passion, he began pursuing various positions in the fashion industry. Despite his young age, at age 15, he interned with a local fashion designer, Wayne Clark, which led to his first job at the women’s accessory department of an upscale Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. During his stint working at the women’s accessory department, he was spotted by Barbara Atkin, a Vice President of Fashion Direction, of Holt Refrew, which subsequently landed him a job in the department store’s buying office furthering his career in fashion industry.

In 2005, encouraged by the rise of online magazines, Ton conceived Jak & Jil. The site was originally intended to be a lifestyle website featuring products and people in Toronto. Although different from the current iteration of Jak & Jil, it attracted the attention of local business owner Lynda Latner. Latner runs www.vintagecouture.com, a website and a showroom that sells high-end vintage garments. Ton was hired to help Latner to expand her business. In 2007, Latner offered to send Ton to London and Paris to attended fashion week, which became the first opportunity to expand his practice internationally. Ton was tired of taking head-to-toe photographs, which became the convention of documenting street style popularized by Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, Asian street-style websites and blogs. To aesthetically and conceptually differentiate his photographs from those of other style bloggers, Ton started taking candid photographs. He favored landscape photographs to portraits photographs and focused on the details of the outfit (such as contrasting patterns of the lining of the coat or intricate details of the heels) rather than the whole ensemble. To accommodate and give more weight to his fashion week photographs, he renovated his website to its current blog format.

Ton’s new approach to street style photography, coupled with a redesigned website, quickly received attention from other bloggers like Susanna Lau of Style Bubble and helped him to attract wider audience for his photography.

Among the quickly rising readership of his blog was the head of marketing at Hong Kong-based high-end retail chain Lane Crawford, who gave Ton his breakthrough into the fashion industry, asking Ton to shoot Lane Crawford’s Spring/Summer 2009 campaign. After his successful deal with Lane Crawford, in Fall/Winter 2009 Ton received the honor of gracing the front-row of a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show, along with fellow fashion bloggers Bryanboy, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman. This moment signaled a paradigm shift in fashion journalism. Following the precedent that Dolce and Gabbana set, Ton began receiving calls from other fashion houses that wanted him to shoot their fashion shows. Reflecting Ton’s international prominence, publications such as the New York Times and The Boston Globe began requesting and running his photographs, widening his influence beyond the internet into printed media.

Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen asked Ton to cover fashion week for Style.com and GQ. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, who had previously held the position, was preparing to leave to focus on his personal projects. Since then, Ton remains the main contributor of fashion week street style coverage for both Style.com, and GQ, effectively making him the de facto photographer of record for fashion week street style.

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    Booking fees for Tommy Ton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tommy Ton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Tommy Ton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tommy Ton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tommy Ton for your next private or corporate function.
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Photographer Known for his Fashion Blog Jak & Jil

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Tommy Ton Biography

Tommy Ton is a Canadian photographer known for his fashion blog Jak & Jil and his street style coverage of fashion weeks on Style.com and GQ.com. His favorite subjects are fashion editors, the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Anna Dello Russo.

Tommy Ton was born in Oakville, Ontario to Vietnamese Canadian parents. When Ton was 13 years old, he was asked by his sister to record FashionTelevision. Tom Ford appeared in the segment that Ton was recording, where Ford began expressing his views on women and sexuality. Impressed by Ford’s ability to speak eloquently with carefully chosen words about his collection, Ton’s interest in fashion began.

Although Ton did not receive formal training in photography, he educated himself by attending digital photography classes and met with friends who did graphic design to pursue a career in fashion and photography.

Following his new-found passion, he began pursuing various positions in the fashion industry. Despite his young age, at age 15, he interned with a local fashion designer, Wayne Clark, which led to his first job at the women’s accessory department of an upscale Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. During his stint working at the women’s accessory department, he was spotted by Barbara Atkin, a Vice President of Fashion Direction, of Holt Refrew, which subsequently landed him a job in the department store’s buying office furthering his career in fashion industry.

In 2005, encouraged by the rise of online magazines, Ton conceived Jak & Jil. The site was originally intended to be a lifestyle website featuring products and people in Toronto. Although different from the current iteration of Jak & Jil, it attracted the attention of local business owner Lynda Latner. Latner runs www.vintagecouture.com, a website and a showroom that sells high-end vintage garments. Ton was hired to help Latner to expand her business. In 2007, Latner offered to send Ton to London and Paris to attended fashion week, which became the first opportunity to expand his practice internationally. Ton was tired of taking head-to-toe photographs, which became the convention of documenting street style popularized by Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, Asian street-style websites and blogs. To aesthetically and conceptually differentiate his photographs from those of other style bloggers, Ton started taking candid photographs. He favored landscape photographs to portraits photographs and focused on the details of the outfit (such as contrasting patterns of the lining of the coat or intricate details of the heels) rather than the whole ensemble. To accommodate and give more weight to his fashion week photographs, he renovated his website to its current blog format.

Ton’s new approach to street style photography, coupled with a redesigned website, quickly received attention from other bloggers like Susanna Lau of Style Bubble and helped him to attract wider audience for his photography.

Among the quickly rising readership of his blog was the head of marketing at Hong Kong-based high-end retail chain Lane Crawford, who gave Ton his breakthrough into the fashion industry, asking Ton to shoot Lane Crawford’s Spring/Summer 2009 campaign. After his successful deal with Lane Crawford, in Fall/Winter 2009 Ton received the honor of gracing the front-row of a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show, along with fellow fashion bloggers Bryanboy, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman. This moment signaled a paradigm shift in fashion journalism. Following the precedent that Dolce and Gabbana set, Ton began receiving calls from other fashion houses that wanted him to shoot their fashion shows. Reflecting Ton’s international prominence, publications such as the New York Times and The Boston Globe began requesting and running his photographs, widening his influence beyond the internet into printed media.

Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen asked Ton to cover fashion week for Style.com and GQ. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, who had previously held the position, was preparing to leave to focus on his personal projects. Since then, Ton remains the main contributor of fashion week street style coverage for both Style.com, and GQ, effectively making him the de facto photographer of record for fashion week street style.

Tommy Ton Videos

  • Chasing Tommy Ton - YouTube
  • Tommy Ton - MR. B's Gentlemen's Boutique for ALDO - YouTube
  • TOMMY TON Profile:: Photo Blogger Backstage at Fashion Week ...

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  • How to book Tommy Ton?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tommy Ton for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tommy Ton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tommy Ton or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tommy Ton?

    Booking fees for Tommy Ton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tommy Ton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tommy Ton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tommy Ton for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tommy Ton for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tommy Ton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tommy Ton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tommy Ton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tommy Ton for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Tommy Ton generally travels from TorontoCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joshua Kissi, Frances Tulk-Hart, Rankin, Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tommy Ton for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tommy Ton Speaker Videos

  • Chasing Tommy Ton - YouTube
    Tommy Ton - MR. B's Gentlemen's Boutique for ALDO - YouTube
  • TOMMY TON Profile:: Photo Blogger Backstage at Fashion Week ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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