Tom Ford, the visionary fashion designer who reinvigorated Gucci and went on to create his own eponymous luxury label, has acquired a storied Hamptons estate for $52 million. The historic Lasata mansion in East Hampton was once the childhood summer retreat of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The lavish purchase is a fitting celebration of success; the Tom Ford brand was acquired a few months ago by Estee Lauder for $2.8 billion. It caps a year of major real estate moves for Ford, who has amassed an impressive portfolio of trophy properties. In December of last year, he bought a sleek Palm Beach mansion for $51 million before upgrading to an even larger waterfront home in an off-market swap.
Now Ford owns a piece of Camelot. Spanning 7 acres, the sprawling Lasata compound dates back over a century, and was owned by Onassis’ grandfather. The 8,500 square foot main house features beamed ceilings and grand casement windows overlooking manicured grounds. A poolhouse, cottage, and three-car garage complete the Kennedy-pedigreed estate.
At Tom Ford, glamour reigns eternal. After revitalizing Gucci in the 1990s, Ford launched his own brand in 2006, cultivating an aura of provocative luxury. His Hamptons haven once hosted American royalty; now it welcomes fashion’s reigning king. The acquisition cements Ford’s debatable status – does haute couture’s maestro need any more confirmation? Either way, Lasata’s sale continues the headline-grabbing chronicles of Ford, whose brilliant style attracts mansions as naturally as fashion’s finest.