Jul 16th 2007 5:57PM Play nice children.
Luxury is a relative word, and people have some different views on it, and they have every right to do so.
Hence, Nora has a right to feel the way she does. I agree with her, but I also still think that Ralph Lauren has a very good design house.
Perhaps they could've seperate their lower end products into a different line. But then again, they would still be devaluing their main line. The key to breaking into the more affordable market is doing it in a way that doesn't offend your original core of customers, like Nora, who appreciate the higher end of the spectrum, which after all is what Ralph Lauren originally became known for.
The thing is that Ralph Lauren is a publically owned company, and therefore it is obligated to achieve maximum profits, and it finds the quickest way to do this is by slapping it's name on products which are at times inferior. I will keep this discussion in mind, as I am in the near future starting my own line of clothing.
All of your opinions have been very enlightening, but I do want to end this by saying that if Ralph Lauren does not maintain at the very minimum an upscale image, it will suffer from that in the long term by losing customers like Nora, and I hope they do not suffer that way. I'm sure the people at Ralph Lauren have considered this, hence the release of their Black Label, Purple Label, etc: more high end sub-brands. And after all, it may have been that this way Ralph Lauren's strategy all along when he invented the multi-brand concept: to maintain an upscale image while allowing the company to sell less expensive things at a higher profit.
This is the draw of haute couture today: it's expensive, exclusive, and not watered down for the masses.
I will also keep this conversation in mind, as I select products to feature for my newly launched upscale blog. Bless Luxist for having this comments section. :-p
Jul 16th 2007 5:36PM This must be an example of someone who horribly misunderstood what they heard on the evening; when people say water is a good investment, they don't mean like this. Lol.
Jul 15th 2007 4:05AM Shudder.
The exterior is fine, but it looks like they had a design contest on the interior, where a different interior designer did each room.
Overall, the outside front and back are not bad at all, if a little stereotypical for a mansion. A french-traditional interior would go well with this mansion, I don't think modern would look good in here.
It would like nice with rich woods and warm fabrics, like the classier mansions in Texas I've seen.
Jul 15th 2007 3:53AM Now that I look at it again, the pool areas done really cheap. Are those push up tiles on the ceiling, like they have in high schools!? Best to start all over, perhaps.
K, good idea with the Zen Area. God knows you need one of those in New York City. In fact, speaking of what you need in New York City, the lap pool could be heated as well for the winter time. I know it's indoors, but the idea of swimming in a cold pool whether indoors or out does NOT appeal to me in a New York City winter. :-p
Jul 15th 2007 3:40AM Pardon my criticism, I wanted to set it straight: it's a cool idea and
it looks like a cool book, but for circa $4k, I kinda expect the
world. So until they change the material of the case from Lucite to
Diamond, they don't have my admiration.
Jul 15th 2007 3:36AM Pardon my criticism, I wanted to set it straight: it's a cool idea and it looks like a cool book, but for circa $4k, I kinda expect the world. So until they change the material of the case from Lucite to Diamond, they don't have my admiration.
Jul 15th 2007 3:30AM Rediculous, but kinda neat in a way :). Maybe a little cheezy though, and I don't think that's what book collectors are going for. But then again, maybe yacht buyers will like this: they've already spent exorbitant sums of money on their yachts, might as well get one hell of a coffee table book for their boats.
Jul 12th 2007 9:49PM Wow, one of the best houses I've seen in NYC, although I wouldn't call it a country house, it's pretty clearly modern. And I think the pool looks allright, keep in mind that this is New York and most pools are indoors, and in a house it can only be so big. The idea mentioned by John above of adding a forced current machine would be really cool.
And honestly, the price, while steep, is pretty decent for NYC considering how big this house is, and the value of the land alone.