October 05, 2012 03:00 PM

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Tom Ford is a dad!

The fashion designer and his partner, journalist Richard Buckley, “are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, born in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23,” his rep tells PEOPLE.

Ford, 51, is often credited with the turnaround of Gucci during his 10-year run as creative director of the label, a role which ended in 2004. He and Buckley, 64, have been together since 1986.

“If I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t use it as a press tool,” the designer and director of A Single Man said in a 2011 interview with Time Out Hong Kong.

“If I have a child, you won’t notice that I had a child. Maybe you’ll see it when it’s 18, but I will keep it out of the spotlight.”

— Sarah Michaud

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