Tommy Hilfiger's all-American childhood has influenced his preppy style.

The fashion maestro says his traditional upper-class childhood going skiing and being in the boy scouts has inspired him to stay true to the classic, clean-cut style he is famous for.

He said: ''If I'm really honest I've always stayed true to what first inspired me to put my name to a line of clothing, the clothing I was brought up around, wore and understood... I played little league baseball, small fry football, went ice skating and skiing with the family... I was in cub scouts and boy scouts.

''I guess the life I led as a child imprinted onto me an aesthetic which has informed my clean-cut designs over the years.''

The 61-year-old designer believes that by sticking to key pieces like blazers and jeans, he has given the average person the tools to dress elegantly and emulate classic American chic.

Tommy explained: ''I've always revisited the basics: the clean-cut Ivy League look of the early 60s. In some very simple yet elegant clothing - blazers and sweaters from the college playing fields, chinos and denims from the blue-collar workforce... I have found a vocabulary of comfortable, easy dressing, the ingredients of the American preppy look and the foundations of popular style.''