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Tom Ford

Thomas Carlyle Ford is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Ford directed the Academy Award-nominated films Nocturnal Animals, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Thomas Carlyle Ford was born on August 27, 1961, in Austin, the son of realtors Shirley Burton and Thomas David Ford, he spent his early life in the suburbs of Houston, in San Marcos, outside Austin. He rearranged furniture in the house at 6, gave his mother feedback on her hair and shoes, his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he was 11. In Santa Fe, he entered St. Michael's High School and moved to Santa Fe Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1979. At age 16, he enrolled at Bard College at Simon's Rock, but dropped out, he moved to New York City to study art history at New York University. There he met Ian Falconer. Ford dropped out after a year.

Ford began studying interior architecture at The New School's art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He kept visiting Studio 54; the club's disco-era glamor would be a major influence on his designs. Before his last year at New School, Ford spent a year and a half in Paris, where he worked as an intern in Chloé's press office, inspiring his interest in fashion, he spent his final year at The New School studying fashion, but graduated with a degree in architecture. When interviewing for jobs after graduation, Ford said that he had attended The New School's Parsons division, but concealed that he graduated in architecture, that his work at Chloé was a low-level public relations position. Despite his lack of experience in fashion, Ford called American designer Cathy Hardwick every day for a month in hopes of securing a job at her sportswear company. Hardwick agreed to interview him, she recalled the incident: "I had every intention of giving him no hope. I asked him.

He said,'Armani and Chanel.' Months I asked him why he said that, he said,'Because you were wearing something Armani'. Is it any wonder he got the job?" Ford worked as a design assistant for Hardwick for two years. In 1988, Ford moved to Perry Ellis, where he knew both Robert McDonald, the company's president, Marc Jacobs, its designer, socially, he grew tired of working in American fashion. In a interview with The New York Times, he commented, "If I was going to become a good designer, I had to leave America. My own culture was inhibiting me. Too much style in America is tacky. It's looked down upon to be too stylish. Europeans, appreciate style."At the time, Italian fashion house Gucci was struggling financially and was seeking to strengthen its women's ready-to-wear presence as a part of a brand overhaul. The company's creative director, Dawn Mello said, "no one would dream of wearing Gucci". In 1990, Mello hired Ford as the brand's chief women's ready-to-wear designer and Ford moved to Milan. "I was talking to a lot of people, most didn't want the job," Mello said.

"For an American designer to move to Italy to join a company, far from being a brand would have been pretty risky." Ford and his longtime partner, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, relocated to Milan that September. Ford's role at Gucci expanded; when Richard Lambertson left as design director in 1992, Ford took over his position, heading the brand's ready-to-wear, image and store design. In 1993, when he was in charge of designing eleven product lines, Ford worked eighteen-hour days. During these years, there were creative tensions between Ford and Maurizio Gucci, the company's chairman and 50% owner. According to Mello, "Maurizio always wanted everything to be round and brown, Tom wanted to make it square and black." Though Maurizio Gucci wanted to fire Ford, Domenico De Sole insisted. Nonetheless, Ford's work during the early 1990s was behind the scenes. In 1994, Ford was promoted to Creative Director of Gucci. In his first year at the helm, he introduced Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots.

In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new ad campaigns for the company. Between 1995 and 1996, sales at Gucci increased by 90%. At one point, Ford was the largest individual shareholder of Gucci stock and options. By 1999, the house, bankrupt when Ford joined, was valued at more than $4 billion; when Gucci acquired the house of Yves Saint Laurent in 1999, Ford was named Creative Director of that label as well. Saint Laurent did not hide his displeasure with Ford's designs, stating "The poor man does what he can." During his time as creative director for YSL, Ford nonetheless won numerous Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Like his work at Gucci, which included shaving the letter G in a model's pubic hair, Ford was able to pull the classic fashion house back into the mainstream, his advertising campaigns for the YSL fragrances Opium and YSL M7 were cont

Buccinum strigillatum

Buccinum strigillatum is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Buccinidae, the true whelks. The two subspecies are: B. s. fucanum Dall, 1907 - the juanmore whelk B. s. strigillatum Dall, 1891 The adult shell grows to a length of 50 mm. The white shell has seven hardly inflated whorls with a low spire; the shell is covered with a hirsute epidermis. The sculpture shows numerous narrow primary ridges with channeled interspaces; the oval to oblong aperture shows a deep sinus near the shoulder. The eggs are deposited on any hard substance, shell, or sponge; this species can be found along the west coast of North America. "Buccinum strigillatum". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011

Afshin Ghotbi

Afshin Ghotbi is an Iranian American football coach. Afshin Ghotbi was born in Tehran, he is the son of a teacher in Iran with whom he left Iran at the age of 13 after his father remarried an American woman and moved to Los Angeles, California where he has been a resident for more than two decades. He received his B. Sc. Qualification in Electrical Engineering from UCLA where he was a member of the football team. Prior to coaching in the professional ranks, for years he was a thought of coach Southern California youth football scene, responsible for the discovery and development of players such as Peter Vagenas and John O'Brien, he worked for Korea Republic national football team under Dutchman Guus Hiddink from December 2000 till July 2002 as a football analyst. He continued his journey in Korea by taking the role of an assistant coach of Samsung Bluewings from 2002–2004, he returned to Korean National Team, as an assistant coach under Dick Advocaat from October 2005 until July 2006. He continued as an assistant coach for Korea under Dutch head coach Pim Verbeek from July 2006 till July 2007.

In 2007, he was Head-Coach of Persepolis F. C. an Iran Pro League club, in compliance with the new contract he signed in August 2007. In February 2008 his name was on the shortlist for coaching the Iranian national team, however the job went to Ali Daei, he led Persepolis to Iranian Pro league championship in May 2008. Ghotbi left Persepolis in June 2008. Afshin Ghotbi was re-appointed as the new Persepolis head coach on 3 July 2008, after agreeing to sign a two-year deal following meeting Persepolis officials in Dubai. Following the session held at Persepolis club on 18 November 2008, Ghotbi announced his resignation to the club's board and left Iran on 19 November 2008. In a letter released on Persepolis’ official website, Ghotbi said, “I returned to Persepolis with great hopes but I think there is a conspiracy outside the club to prevent the team’s success. I am the target of this conspiracy. I love Persepolis and its fans, however I ought to leave the team. I am leave Persepolis in hope of the team's prosperity.

If my presence hinders the success of the team, I would rather leave.” After just three weeks after being announced as manager, Mayeli Kohan became the spearhead of a heated dispute between himself and Esteghlal F. C. manager Amir Ghalenoei. This resulted in the IRIFF forcing Mayeli Kohan's resignation as manager of Team Melli. A week Afshin Ghotbi agreed to succeed Mayeli Kohan as head coach of the Iranian national team. After this appointment, Ghotbi said in an interview "A life dream, a longtime ambition and a journey written in the stars is about to be realized I have to thank all the people around the world who have cheered and inspired me to have this opportunity, under Afshin Ghotbi, Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but his contract was renewed so that he would continue coaching Team Melli, he continued to coach Team Melli in 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification where he won 3 matches out of 4 and lost the other one to Jordan Away which he the team earned 13 points and qualified as the group leaders.

But he had some results in the friendlies which caused a lot of criticism and some people in IRIFF decided to replace him as Iranian coaches and journalists could not accept an American-Iranian success over Team-melli. However, after a few days his job was secured and the Iranian Federation decided to keep him at least up to 2011 Asian Cup, he had poor results in the friendlies at the beginning and was able qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup and improved the results. In 2010 his team was able to win 8 matches in a gain trust. On he finished second in West Asian Football Federation Championship 2010. However, Iran went out from the quarter-finals of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup after losing to South Korea by a goal from Yoon Bit-garam in extra time; this disheartened loss proved to be detrimental for Afshin, he was sacked following the failure. After the Asian Cup, Ghotbi signed three-year contract with Japan's J. League Division 1 side Shimizu S-Pulse, he led the team for the end of 2011 season. In his second season at the club, his team started the league successfully but on they lost their form and finished the league in 9th place with one progress.

They reached the final game of J. League Cup but lost 1–2 to Kashima Antlers. On 30 July 2014, Ghotbi left Shimizu by mutual contest after leaving the club at the 12th place. On 24 May 2016, Thai League T1 side Buriram United made an announcement of the appointments of Afshin Ghotbi, he has become the first Asian American foreign head coach of the club. On 28 May, Afshin Ghotbi made his managerial debut for Buriram United in a domestic league game against Nakhon Ratchasima and collected the win with 1-0 result. On 21 August, his contract was terminated after 3 months in charge; as of 2 November 2019Note: win or lose by penalty shoot-out is counted as the draw in time. PersepolisIran Pro League: 2007–08Shimizu S-PulseJ. League Cup Runner-up: 2012Shijiazhuang Ever BrightChina League One Runners-up: 2019 Football Iran News & Events Manager of the year, Persepolis Iran Football Federation Award Manager of the year, Persepolis Official Afshin Ghotbi Website Afshin Ghotbi at J. League