All-American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger bought three separate condos in the Plaza in 2008 for a combined $25 million. He and his wife Dee Ocleppo then embarked on a very internationally influenced, $20 million renovation that combined the units into one opulent, 5,600-square-foot duplex, complete with marble-clad rooms, vintage limestone fireplaces from England, and a domed room inside one of the building’s iconic turrets that features a custom-designed “Eloise” mural by the books’ illustrator Hilary Knight. The couple listed the apartment in 2013 for $80 million, but despite its lavish interiors, it’s been on and off the market since then, its price dropping to $75 million in March 2015 and to $69 million a few months ago. The Wall Street Journal now reports that it’s reappeared with even sharper discount, dropping 26 percent to $58.9 million.
Current listing agent Oren Alexander of Douglas Elliman told the Journal that the apartment has been slow to sell because of its very personalized style. “It’s not your cookie cutter new condo,” he said. This is certainly true; in addition to the aforementioned list of luxuries, the home boasts reclaimed polished herringbone wood floors, tortoise shell and black lacquer walls, gilded tray ceilings, and a Parisian bistro-style kitchen with an aluminum tray ceiling and gold hardware. Hilfiger described his design aesthetic as having an “old-world” feel combined with “the charm of the original [French Renaissance] building.”
Though the art and furniture aren’t included in the sale, it’s quite the impressive collection. Hilfiger collects pop art–there are several Basquiats and 20 Warhols–and as 6sqft previously described, in the dining room alone there is “a cluster of crystal, Art Deco chandeliers… ivory-inlaid chairs, and a collection of Harry Benson photographs from Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball at the Plaza.”
Hilfiger said he’s looking to unload the apartment because the “real home base” for his family is their Greenwich, Connecticut estate, and they also spend time at their homes in Miami and the Caribbean island of Mustique.
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