J. Crew CEO Decks Out Hamptons Estate With Tasteful Confederate Flag
Vague references to American tradition are all well and good when you’re just trying to move some madras shorts—but when you’re decorating your house you should make sure that the fantasy old-timey United States you’re worshipping isn’t actually fantasy old-time Confederate States of America. Just ask J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler.
Drexler, currently under fire as J. Crew undergoes layoffs, is trying to sell his 30-acre Hamptons compound for $85 million dollars. In the living room, as captured by marketing photos published by brokerage Douglas Elliman, there is a Confederate flag, framed and hanging on the wall.
Now, to be fair to Drexler, it’s not the Confederate flag that most people think of when they think “Confederate flag” (actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia). Rather, it’s the first official flag of the Confederate States of America—the so-called “Stars and Bars.”
When the pictures of Drexler’s property—once owned by Andy Warhol—were published on Curbed earlier this month, a commenter pointed out the flag’s meaning. Douglas Elliman have since removed the photograph from their listing, “because somebody pointed it out on some website,” said broker Paul Brennan.
“Somebody had to be pretty astute to pick up on that,” Brennan said. (Someone astute enough to remember that at no point were there seven states in the Union.) “Who in their right mind would think, Hey, there’s a Confederate flag, I’m gonna hang that on my wall?” Who, indeed!
A spokesperson for J. Crew did not return a request for comment.
Asked whether Drexler, who acquired the compound for $27 million in 2007, knew that he had a Confederate flag hanging on his wall, Brennan said, “I don’t think so. Why don’t you ask the decorator?” Asked whether the flag was still hanging on the wall: “I don’t know. I’ll go check later.”
Sales at J. Crew fell 5.2 percent in the first quarter this year, Bloomberg reported this month, and Drexler announced that 175 jobs were going to be cut. One of the executives who carried out some of these firings was himself fired for bragging on Instagram about not getting fired.
Drexler is reportedly also trying to sell his Tribeca apartment for $29.5 million and his Wainscott beach house for $26.5 million.
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