Is your front door 150 feet from a billionaire’s? Well, not to brag, but mine is. Noam Gottesman is listed on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in America having a net worth of $1.6 billion. He sold his London home, No. 6 Palace Greens, Kensington Gardens (middle right), in 2008, to Indian steel tycoon Lakashmi Mittal for a reported $222 million making it the world’s costliest home at the time. He is very discreet and rarely photographed, but was snapped on several occasions in 2010 with then-girlfriend, actress and artist Lucy Liu (middle left). Gottesman comes from a family of art collectors and his extensive contemporary art collection includes works by Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, and Lucian Freud. In 2009, he bought photographer Albert Watson’s live/work space in the far West Village, a 30,000squarefoot, 19th-century ice factory for $34 million. During the two-year renovations the façcade became unstable and was demolished and rebuilt exactly the same. (top and bottom) One day, the entry was wide open as I passed by and I could see a massive Henry Moore sculpture between me and the pool beyond. This home must be BEYOND inside, but as this guy is uber-private, I doubt the interiors will ever be published. I pass it every day and I guess most people walking by assume it’s an apartment building or office complex and not one of the largest private homes in Manhattan. Oh, did I mention my place, in the next block, is just 350 square feet? But what do they say? Location. Location. Location.
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Do you care about a $600,000 car? Well, me either, in theory. Today, coming home from a morning by the pool at SoHo House (THAT I care about), I was walking through my neighborhood, the Meatpacking District, and encountered a DJ, lots of lookey-loos, and one very expensive car. The new 2014 Rolls-Royce’s Wraith in cobalt blue. If cars can be sexy, this one is a dirty whore. Honestly, there have been better looking cars, even Rolls-Royce’s in history. But we know these cars are designed for a certain type of rich guy, so they all look kinda alike. And for that price tag you could get a Bentley Continental GT and a Mercedes CL600, a slightly used Cirrus SR22 airplane and a George Condo painting, or a nice two bedroom condo in SoBe. What do I drive, you ask? I have a black 2001 Volvo station wagon with 150,000 miles on it (there she is outside my front door). Believe me, I want her to keep going, so I’m not letting her know I was checking out that Wraith slut. No way.
Andre Leon Talley gave an interview with The Cut and had this to say on the subject of elegance: ”My grandmother was a very wonderful lady — she was a maid, but she had extreme elegance and she had Spartan elegance. We did not have a lot of money, we did not have a lot of wardrobe or clothes, so what we had was the best. We did not have a lot, but the luxury that she taught me was the luxury of family, the luxury of good food, and the luxury of beautiful, beautiful white sheets. I mean, my grandmother had the most impeccable white sheets. Egyptian cotton that she also washed and ironed herself. And that was where I learned luxury.” Spartan elegance. Love that. (via Jezebel)
The Style of Jolie jewelry line designed by Angelina Jolie in collaboration with Robert Procop is on display in the South of France this summer with two month-long pop-ups. An array of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets worn by Jolie on the red carpets at movie premieres just hit both the Grand Hotel in Cap Ferrat and Monaco‘s Hotel de Paris for viewing between July 15 and August 15. The pieces are normally only available to see by private appointment, so these showcases provide unprecedented access. Proceeds from the sale of the jewelry will be donated to her charitable foundation, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. (See more at Pursuitist)