Fashion icon Tom Ford, the ardent perfectionist credited with turning around a flagging Gucci and reinvigorating Yves Saint Laurent, is, unsurprisingly, just as exacting about his residences, but has largely kept them out of the limelight. That changed last year when he revealed his Santa Fe ranch in a guest-edited issue of French Vogue. Ford grew up in Austin, Texas, but would travel to New Mexico frequently to visit his grandmother. Evenutally, Ford's father moved to Santa Fe, and the designer purchased a large tract of land south of town on which he constructed this dreamland of a ranch. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the equestrian facility lies amid a 24,000-acre private tract, where classic Westerns like Silverado, Wyatt Earp, and 3:10 to Yuma were once shot. Ford spends roughly a quarter of the year on the ranch.
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↑ Ford's Parisian pied-a-terre was photographed for House and Garden nearly 15 years ago, but rumors have it that the designer has been hanging onto the apartment ever since. The petite pad features white walls, dark floors, and a sleek stainless steel kitchen, along with a mix of custom-made furniture and design classics, like a 19th-century Biedermeier dresser and a pair of chairs by midcentury master Mies van der Rohe.
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↑ In 2000, while spending much of his time in Italy, Ford snapped up the Richard Neutra-designed Brown-Sidney House in Los Angeles. He enlisted Ron Radziner of Marmol-Radziner to helm the renovation, with assistance from interior designer Brad Dunning. The results are spectacular, though very few photos of the interior are publicly available.
↑ By 2004, Ford's personal property empire extended to London, where he acquired this 8,200-square-foot white house for around $9M. Not one for turn-key houses, the designer completely redesigned the interiors, turning the staid British mansion into a stylish private palace befitting one of fashion's biggest guns. In the interim, the London property market turned red hot, fueled, in large part, by foreign cash. Seeking a big payday, Ford listed this house in 2009 for more than $70M, but failed to find a buyer before delisting. In 2012, the house finally sold, to an undisclosed buyer for an unknown sum, and Ford was soon spotted house hunting elsewhere in London.
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↑ Before he made it big in the fashion industry, Tom Ford was living above the Café Orlin on Manhattan's perennially shabby St. Mark's Place (above). He was living here when he met his longtime partner, WWD vet Richard Buckley, and where, he says, the two were "just as happy, if not happier" than they are in their menagerie of high-class residences. That may be, but Ford still elects to stay in the same suite at the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, far from the grit of the East Village.
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