During Ford’s 10 years as Creative Director at Gucci and Gucci Group, sales increased from 230 million dollars in 1994 to almost 3 billion dollars in 2003, making Gucci one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world. In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the much anticipated debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, Ford presented his first namesake women’s collection during an intimate presentation in his Madison Avenue store. Presently, there are 30 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as Milan, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Dubai, Zurich, New Delhi and Russia.