The Gentleman Scholar On The Bachelor Pad

The Gentleman Scholar On The Bachelor Pad

Last month Troy Patterson, author of the Slate column The Gentleman Scholar, wrote an article on the history of the bachelor pad. It includes the following observation, certainly known to all of us here, but a worthwhile clarification for anyone…

Tommy At The Plaza

Tommy At The Plaza

Tommy Hilfiger has a penthouse at The Plaza Hotel, which he has apparently been trying to get rid of for years. It certainly had a nice office, not to mention bedroom:   And then there’s the view: Tommy has been…

Shagadelic! The Midcentury Fantasies Of Josh Agle

Shagadelic! The Midcentury Fantasies Of Josh Agle

The artist Josh Agle — better known as Shag, for the four letters connecting his first and last name — first gained a following in the ’90s when a lot of other retro things were being rediscovered, such as lounge…

Apartment No. One

Apartment No. One

Last year I had the pleasure of doing a piece for Ralph Lauren Magazine on Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s digs at Kensington Palace, which were known as Apartment No. One. The story was done in support of the RL…

The Rise And Fall Of The Space-Age Bachelor

The Rise And Fall Of The Space-Age Bachelor

Some 15 years ago I became fascinated by the midcentury phenomenon of the so-called “space-age bachelor,” whose native environment was his space-age bachelor pad. I watched every movie I could find, and when those dried up, resorted to reading academic…