Eat your heart out, Gatsby! A glimpse inside Tory Burch's Jazz Age Hamptons mansion (no wonder her latest collection was Twenties-themed)
If any were in doubt as to the success of the Tory Burch label, look no further than to the business woman's sprawling new Hamptons mansion.
The Jazz Age Southampton estate features in this month's Vogue, where its palatial rooms, impeccable interior decorating and 'relaxed' family living style are paraded. And its late 1920s architecture seems to have seeped into other areas of her life, with her recent New York Fashion Week show being a squarely Gatsby-themed affair.
As befits the grandeur of the extremely well-heeled New York beach enclave, the scale of the fashion designer's new pad is not to be sniffed it.
Room with a view: Specially commissioned wallpaper was based on Persian Iznik tiles. Tory Burch's business competes with that of her ex, Chris Burch
While it may not be the modern, sleek, glass and square-angled structure she told the magazine her sons, Nick and Henry, 14, and Sawyer, 11, were hoping for, the redbrick mansion is no quiet beach shack – its commanding sugar maple-lined front drive and groomed lawns setting the impressive tone.
The 45-year-old said that she had not intended to buy a new home, least of all one of such grandeur, but fell for the pile after she 'imagined [her] children growing up here, and then coming back with their families.'
To the manor born: Tory Burch's Southampton mansion is the stuff of dreams, its manicured gardens, swimming pools and basketball court making it a playground for her sons
The divorcee, who famously split with
husband and business partner Christopher Burch in 2006 after a nine year
marriage, is now in a relationship with music executive Lyor Cohen.
No sooner had she settled the deal on
the 1920s home had the fashion maven and business woman gone about
upgrading its charms, reports Vogue.
Family affair: Tory Burch, photographed in with sons Sawyer, far left, Nick and Henry. The boys had hoped for a 'clean, modern glass house' but have learnt to love the stunning mansion
The home is a 'work in progress' but has
clearly been pored over by Ms Burch's decorating accomplices, longtime friends Daniel
Romuadlez and Eve Hood.
In the recent tour of the new acquisition, Vogue detailed the home's impressive assets.
sunken tennis court, basketball court and new swimming pool have been
installed and, reports the magazine, there will soon be a pizza oven and
Polished: Tory Burch fall/winter 2012 collection had a Gatsby-esque vibe running through its elegant designs
Ample bedrooms, flower arranging
rooms, a ballroom and linen closets make up the formally-designed home,
built in 1929 and surrounded by equally ambitious lawns and gardens.
pile is yet another in the handbag and shoe impresario's real-estate
portfolio, adding to her Long Island, Pennsylvania and Upper East Side
A home within: The Southampton home features in March 2012's Vogue
Inside, the 'intimidating' house, says Eve Hood, is softened by 'warm colours and soft furnishings' and has moved away from the designer's last Hamptons home decorating theme of 'seashore'.
Straw rugs, Indian cotton prints, specially-designed wallpaper designed by Parisian company, Iksel, and based on Persian Iznik tiles and collected furniture from around the world, reflect Ms Burch's taste in travel.
'I wanted to embrace the house's grandeur but make it much more casual and relaxed and a little offbeat…and nothing off limits for my kids,' she said.
There are soon to be 84 Tory Burch stores dotted around the world, with new locations, including Beirut and Brazil, opening soon.
At the New York Fashion Week runway show, models sported
Known for a preppy style, the double 'T' emblem pumps and purses have become instantly recognisable.
The badge has been the subject of scrutiny of late, with some comparing her ex-husband Chris Burch's brand, C Wonder's curled 'C' logo, and finding it to be too close for comfort to the famous double 'T'.
Though the couple's split in 2006 was acrimonious they are said to have made amends after a spate of family misfortune. Business was made a priority and both now have competing stores in New York's SoHo.
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