||FASHION BIG HILFIGER HAS DESIGNS ON OWN MUSEUM
By BILL HOFFMANN.
Manhattan may be the hippest place in the world, but a small city in upstate New York is about to become quite fashionable, too, thanks to designer Tommy Hilfiger.
Hilfiger is turning the old Strathmont mansion in his hometown of Elmira into a museum honoring his 30 years in the clothing industry.
The designer will pay $400,000 for the estate, built in 1929, and invest $2 million to turn it into a monument to himself.
"It will be decorated with all of my memorabilia," Hilfiger told the Elmira Star-Gazette newspaper.
The museum will also display part of Hilfiger's extensive collection of art and artifacts, including works by Andy Warhol and guitars signed by Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
The 50-year-old clothing czar said he would live at the mansion when he came to town.
The sprawling French manor sits on 18 rolling acres and has 21 rooms and 11 bathrooms. Hilfiger opened his first boutique in Elmira in 1971.
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