One of the most stunning apartments in New York City is Tommy Hilfiger’s penthouse at the Plaza Hotel that only a style visionary could have produced.
The same Hilfiger, who, in 1996, was falsely rumoured to have said that he didn’t want minorities wearing his clothes.
According to Fashionista.com, the rumour was started, via an email boycott campaign, and claimed Hilfiger “allegedly said that if he had known minorities were going to wear his clothes he wouldn’t have made them ‘so nice’ and that he wished they wouldn’t wear them; then he went on Oprah and stood by those statements.
“Of course, none of it is true. He had never even been on Oprah when the rumors started”.
Hilfiger did eventually go on Oprah in 2007 to put the rumors to bed. And, in March 2012, in an interview with wwd.com (Women’s Wear Daily) he revealed that, despite the wide reach and longevity of the rumor, it didn’t hurt his business.
“It hurt for a long period of time, not from a business standpoint, because our business doubled in that time,” Hilfiger said in the interview. “It went from $1 billion to $2 billion in that time. But it hurt here [placing hand on his heart]. It really made me believe someone was out for me. We really never found the source but hope that at some point in time people will realize it was just a nasty rumor.”
In 2008, the Hilfigers bought two units at the Plaza for $25 million. From there, he and his wife spent three years and $17 million in major renovation and connecting the apartments.
The elegant decorating style was intended to represent the best of the Plaza’s grand history and where he built the Eloise room, named for the well-known children’s book character, who lived on the top floor at the Plaza in Kay Thompson’s book series.
The decor is just as fascinating as the apartment itself with Hilfiger’s collection of Andy Warhol portraits. The eclectic collection of antique furnishings and accessories includes furniture pieces once owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
There are also photographs from Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball at the Plaza – New York’s party of the century.
Hilfiger says that most of the furnishings could be included in the sale under the right terms.
Tommy and Dee Hilfiger’s Manhattan “castle in the sky” in the iconic Plaza, originally listed at $80 million, has been relisted at $58.9 million.
Courtesy of toptenrealestatedeals.com