The Hamptons, the exclusive summer destination for the rich and famous, has a new resident: Tom Ford, the renowned fashion designer and film director. Ford has reportedly purchased Lasata, the historic estate where the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers, for $52 million.
Lasata, which means "place of peace" in the Algonquin language of the native Montaukett people, is located on Further Lane in East Hampton. New York. The property spans nearly seven acres and includes a 10-bedroom main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a caretaker's cottage, a pool house, and a three-car garage with a workshop. The estate also boasts a heated pool, a spa, and a meadow surrounded by mature trees.
The main house was built in 1917 in the Arts and Crafts style by the architect Arthur C. Jackson. It features beamed ceilings, casement windows, hardwood floors, and white oak paneling. The house has been carefully restored and renovated over the years by its previous owners, who include fashion designer Reed Krakoff and his wife Delphine, and film producer David Znder. Zander hired interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch and landscape architect Louis Benech to update the interiors and gardens, respectively.
Lasata has a rich history and a connection to one of America's most iconic families. The estate was owned by John Vernou Bouvier Jr. and Maude Sergeant Bouvier, the paternal grandparents of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lea Radziwill, and Little Edie Beale. The Bouviers bought the estate in 1925 and used it as a summer home until 1950s. It was here that young Jackie learned to ride horses, developed a love for the sea, and announced her engagement to John F. Kennedy in 1953.
Ford is no stranger to owning impressive properties. The fashion mogul has a portfolio of homes around the world, including a ranch in New Mexico, a villa in London, an apartment in Los Angeles, and a penthouse in New York City. Ford is also known for his impeccable taste and style, both in his fashion collection and his film projects. He has directed two critically acclaimed movies: A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).
Ford has not commented publicly on his of Lasata, but it is clear that he has acquired a piece of American history and a place of peace in the Hamptons.