Tommy Hilfiger: ‘My most prized possession is my 62-metre Feadship referred to as Flag’
My most prized possession is my 62-metre Feadship referred to as Flag. It was beforehand owned by Lawrence Stroll, who constructed one other boat and offered this one to me. For the previous 4 years I’ve been utilizing Flag as my summer time house, going from Saint-Tropez to Portofino, Sardinia and Capri. I’ve at all times cherished going to the Mediterranean in the summertime, however staying in a single place can turn into a bit boring. The great thing about having a ship is which you could change places. If the climate’s not good, otherwise you’ve already loved the eating places and purchasing in a single space, you possibly can go someplace else.
I used to constitution boats, however proudly owning my very own is the final word. It’s an enterprise – it’s like operating a enterprise – but it surely’s actually gratifying. Should you expertise locations from the water you see them from a unique viewpoint: you see the terrain, particularly if it’s an island, as a result of you possibly can then circle it to seek out the most effective seashores, probably the most fascinating port. We get off the boat on daily basis to go climbing, eating and to mainly discover.
When on the boat I most prefer to spend my time on the rear deck, since you see water on all sides. The inside was finished by a designer referred to as Chahan [Minassian] out of Paris and he did such a wonderful job that we needed to do little or no, however we tweaked it barely by placing accents of our crimson, white and blue into it. I might say that it’s “fashionable traditional” when it comes to aesthetic. There are Hermès sheepskin chairs, huge comfortable couches and one room is finished in navy blue with mahogany trim, which I really like.
The notion of a ship’s depreciation is at all times current, however after I’m not on the boat I constitution it out, which offsets among the price. Look, it’s an costly enterprise and also you do lose worth, however I’m very meticulous about preserving the boat in excellent situation. Once we’re in Monaco, in the course of the Grand Prix, it’s lots of enjoyable and normally Lewis Hamilton will be part of us. In the course of the GP we’ve had Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and A$AP Rocky on board. We’ve taken it to the Caribbean, however the most effective occasions are with household.
I spend all the summer time on the boat after which within the winter I like to go to St Barths. The seashores and water sports activities are improbable: we go jet-skiing, water-skiing, paddleboarding, snorkelling – we’re at all times doing one thing! In the course of the first 4 months of Covid the boat was a haven, as a result of we have been on it in Mustique. We couldn’t transfer round, however we might get off at Mustique as we’ve got a house there. We couldn’t go to different islands as a result of they have been afraid to let different individuals in.
I even have a airplane, which will get me throughout the Atlantic to the Mediterranean to satisfy up with Flag. I suppose the airplane and boat are like presents to myself for being on this enterprise for greater than 50 years.
I began my first retailer after I was 18, in 1969, so I began with nothing and I dreamed about residing a terrific life and I’ve been capable of fulfil these desires. After I began my Tommy Hilfiger model in 1985 I created a nautical flag as the emblem as a result of I’ve at all times cherished crusing – the entire expertise and imagery of it – so I integrated this nautical ingredient into my design and the flag has been, I might say, the image of what the corporate has stood for.
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