You'd expect a man who's led two of the most popular clothing brands in the country to have a stylish pad, but you might not expect the fully stylized force of this 9,000-square-foot loft building in New York.
The five-story (plus basement) home of J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, now on the market for $29.995 million, melds Art Deco simplicity and the exposed bolts and gears of a steampunk aesthetic into a home with noir to spare. Designed by renowned French architect Thierry Despont, it makes a statement with every square foot — including the ceilings, from which hang whimsical works of art disguised as lighting.
The master suite occupies the entire second floor, with a bathroom that boasts a wall of textured glass blocks and another wall above the soaking tub that's mostly covered by a flat-screen television. There's also room for a chaise lounge and a dressing table, all below an exposed-bulb lighting fixture that would have fascinated Thomas Edison.
The five-bedroom, six-bath home measures just 24 feet across, and was once a coffee roasting plant, as a sign still on the front of the building attests. The 1,500-square-foot living room is on the top floor, with 12-foot ceilings and a rooftop terrace above it.
The listing agents for Drexler, who once ran Gap and sat on the board of Apple, are Shaun Osher and Jim St. Andre of CORE. Drexler sold an estate in Montauk last year for $50 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.