What do you get when you cross strong design credentials with a generous paycheck and (what’s probably) a phonebook full of makers, artists and interior designers? Some pretty jaw-dropping homes, that’s what.
We take a look inside the homes of six of menswear’s most stylish abodes:
Thom Browne’s 1930s Greenwich Village apartment is quintessentially New York; spread over 800 sq feet, with only one bedroom.
Like his designs, it’s uncluttered, but highly curated with mid-century treasures he found with the help of architect and antiques dealer David Biscaye. Highlights include A Jacques Adnet cocktail table, a 1960s Dunbar mohair sofa, and small tables from a hotel in Argentina – and that’s just the living room.
His bedroom is stripped back, like a school dormitory; a simple Adnet bed, Gio Ponti tables and blankets with Browne’s signature tri-colour stripe. But the balcony, complete with a striped awning and views of the Chrysler building, is anything but minimal.
Tom Ford’s Cerro Pelon Ranch looks like a mix between glossy Hollywood housing adverts of the 1970s, and a Tarantino western. Which isn’t too far from the truth – scenes from Wild Wild West, Silverado and All the Pretty Horses were shot on the property’s film set (yes, it has its own film set).
Located in a rolling panorama of New Mexico desert, just outside of Santa Fe in Galisteo Basin, the 20,000 acre estate hit the market for $75 million this summer.
The main house, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is one long stretch of concrete and floor-to-ceiling windows, and sits in a shallow pool of reflective water. Ford’s sanctuary also boasts two guest houses, stables for eight horses, two riding rings and a tennis court. (Naturally.)
Alexander Wang flogged his 2,550 sq foot Tribeca apartment for $3.5 million last month. The building – a former store-and-loft space – was converted in the 1970s, but still retains its industrial features with 12ft-high reinforced tin ceilings and plenty of exposed brick.
Renovated in collaboration with Ryan Korban, a friend of Wang’s since college, the living space is vast and glamorous. Decked out with a black Karl Springer coffee table, black Serge Mouille floor lamps, zebra rugs and pure white walls, it’s as monochrome as Wang’s own clothing line – not to mention the perfect New York pied à terre (if you have a few spare mil hanging around).
At the foot of the vast San Juan Mountains in Colorado, the RRL ranch (Ralph Ricky Lauren) is a 16,000+ acre land of cowboys and indians. The property includes a main ranch, three guest tepees hand-painted by native American artists, and several outbuildings. The grounds are kept by cowboys, and horseback is the preferred mode of transport.
A work by Fritz Scholder hangs above the fireplace in the main living room, decorated with pieces from Ralph Lauren’s homeware collection. However, it’s the cowboy hat that was once owned by John Wayne which really steals the show.
The Italian design legend has lived in his Milanese home since 1982; claiming he’s never wanted to move. It’s not hard to see why either. As classically elegant as his tailoring, Armani’s home is made up of several buildings, among them the brand’s offices.
The leather-clad architectural design don Peter Marino was in charge of Armani’s interiors. The colour palette is predominantly beige and black, but there’s a whole host of colourful souvenirs from Armani’s travels peppered throughout the space.
The third floor study is the designer’s sanctuary, accessible by a black metal winding staircase created by the Armani architectural studio. There’s also an ancient Roman marble torso – just one of his vast antiques collection.
100 miles upstate from New York City is Hillsdale, where Frank Muytjens, menswear director at J.Crew, spends his weekends. Set in 1.7 acres of land, it’s a rustic-meets-refined property with a sprawling garden, which he tends to meticulously.
The pieces that make Muytjens’ house a home have been bought over time; he only buys what he absolutely loves. These include a menagerie of artisan-made one-offs, like a sofa by Stephen Kenn, and a huge farmhouse table bearing his favourite books.
Vintage drawings hang on white walls, while wooden floors nod to the high-low, rustic-contemporary aesthetic the Dutch designer’s made his name on.