Tom Ford Buys Rights to Minerals

santa-fe.jpgSANTA FE— Fashion designer Tom Ford earlier this year acquired some of the mineral rights beneath his Galisteo ranch in an attempt to protect his land from possible oil exploration in the region.

In March, Ford paid about $84,000 through a brokerage firm to buy the lease to mineral rights to the more than 1,400 acres from the State Land Office, thereby preventing someone from one day drilling on his ranch south of Santa Fe, according to Land Office records and officials.

The purchase came in response to Tecton Energy’s controversial proposal to drill eight exploratory wells— and perhaps several more— on 65,000 acres in the Galisteo Basin southeast of Santa Fe where it has acquired the mineral rights.

Ford’s representatives had originally tried to persuade the Land Office not to sell oil and gas leases on property near his ranch, an agency official said Friday, though state trust lands are only a small slice of Tecton’s holdings.

But the Land Office was obligated to proceed with the bid sale because the agency is charged with raising revenue to benefit public education, John Bemis of the Land Office said Friday.

“It was tough for us to say, ‘We want you to enjoy your lifestyle out here, Mr. Ford’,” said John Bemis, an assistant commissioner for oil, gas and minerals.

Like Ford, scores of residents living in and around the Galisteo Basin face the hard reality that owning their land doesn’t mean they also own what lies beneath.

There’s little a surface owner can do to stop a mineral owner who wants to drill. “Both people have legitimate property rights,” Bemis said.

Split estates are a remnant of 19th-century homesteader laws in which the government gave settlers surface rights while keeping mineral rights for itself.

Most landowners probably had no idea when they bought their properties that the region was potentially rich in oil and gas, Bemis said.

There was a time when oil wells dotted the area and produced a relative trickle of petroleum. But that was two decades ago.

Now, Tecton believes advances in drilling technology will help it reach previously hard to extract resources: between 50 and 100 million barrels of light sweet crude oil and five to 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Residents of Madrid, Cerrillos and Galisteo strongly oppose the plan, which awaits consideration by the Santa Fe County Commission and state regulators. Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on Thursday during the second of two meetings held by Tecton to gather public input.

Tecton officials have said they are committed to working with the community to ensure that energy development is as environmentally sensitive and unobtrusive as possible.

Even if landowners like Ford own both the mineral and the surface rights, they may still not be protected from energy development, Bemis said.

The reason is that a mineral owner who has no desire to get into the oil business can still be “force pooled”— a process by which one owner’s minerals are pooled with those of a nearby owner who wants to drill.

Source: By Raam Wong, Journal Northern Burea, pix of

Tom Ford Beauty’s Andrea Robinson Exits

63941221.jpgAndrea Robinson, president of the Tom Ford Beauty and Prescriptives brands, has left the Estée Lauder Cos., the company confirmed today. Robinson joined Lauder in March 2005 as chief marketing officer for the flagship Estée Lauder brand and was promoted to her current roles in February 2006. She could not immediately be reached for comment. In a letter to Estée Lauder Cos. employees, Robinson was praised for her “wealth of industry experience” by John Demsey, the group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. who hired her in 2005 and to whom she reported.


Tom Ford do the Murakami Exhibition Gala

Tom Ford and other celebrities attended the Murakami Exhibition Gala last night at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Celebrities all came together to celebrate MOCA’S latest exhibition of the internationally-acclaimed Japanese pop culture artist Takashi Murakami. The designer behind the rainbow-colored Louis Vuitton bags, has a an exhibition there which will open to the public starting today.Other celeb attendees included Cindy Crawford, Dita Von Teese, Ali Landry and Christina Ricci, Kanye West (who also performed), Naomi Campbell, Ryan Seacrest, Ellen Degeneres, Kerry Washington, Linda Evangelista, Tom Ford, James Franco, Sofia Vergara, Pharell and Serena Williams.



Fans Come Out for Tom

MILAN — The Italians showed their love for Tom Ford on Wednesday when a crowd of more than 700 fans gathered for a personal appearance by the designer at La Rinascente’s Piazza Duomo store here.


Tom Ford Aims to Block NM Oil Drilling

New house of Tom FordSANTA FE — Fashion designer Tom Ford has bought mineral rights beneath his Galisteo ranch southeast of Santa Fe in an attempt to protect his land from possible oil exploration in the region.

Ford paid the state Land Office about $84,000 earlier this year to purchase the mineral rights to more than 1,400 acres, according to Land Office records.

“We are protecting our land by holding these rights,” said Ford’s attorney, Janet McKay. She declined further comment.

The purchase came in response to Tecton Energy’s controversial proposal to drill eight exploratory wells on 65,000 acres, or 101 square miles, in the Galisteo Basin where it has acquired mineral rights.

Ford’s representatives initially tried to persuade the Land Office not to sell oil and gas leases on property near his ranch, although state trust lands are only a small slice of Tecton’s holdings, said John Bemis of the Land Office.

The office was obligated to proceed with the bid sale because the agency is charged with raising revenue from the use of state trust lands to benefit public education, said Bemis, an assistant commissioner for oil, gas and minerals.

“It was tough for us to say, ‘We want you to enjoy your lifestyle out here, Mr. Ford,'” Bemis said.

Ford’s spread includes a working cattle ranch and an Old West movie set that has been used for several films, including the recent “3:10 to Yuma.”

Ford grew up in Santa Fe before moving on to become one of the world’s most influential fashion designers, with Yves Saint-Laurent, Gucci and then his own Tom Ford line.

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Tom Ford’s new limited-edition fragrance for men

imagen-2.pngWith the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition fragrance, Tom Ford presents his sublime new version of a classic woody men’s scent. Fusing intriguing gourmand essences with a selection of pure, hand-distilled ingredients that have been prized by artisanal parfumiers for centuries, Tom Ford for Men Extreme surrounds the senses with a radiant, and palpably succulent, rich blend.

A finely curated collection of herbs and spices such as Thai basil, chamomile, and cinnamon offers the first invitation to inhale—part spicy, part soft. Then the ripe, rounded notes of Brogiotto black fig, blended with a hint of violet and plum, create the heart of the scent, which is warmed with sandalwood and cedar. Finally, a rich mix of masculine accords including leather, aged patchouli, and Japanese incense shroud this epicurean blend in lasting layers of sensuality.

Available this December while stocks last from a handful of select counters nationwide, Tom Ford for Men Extreme is a showcase for Ford’s distinct olfactory signature: it combines highly sophisticated, precious materials in an innovative new sequence, creating an unmistakably modern fragrance that is nonetheless rooted in the finest traditions of the perfume-maker’s art.

Top Notes

A bouquet of exotic, epicurean notes such as Thai basil, coriander, chamomile, cardamom, cinnamon bark, Persian lemon, and Cistus open the fragrance with a spicy-soft-citrus-tart burst.

Middle Notes

the textured and complex heart is structured from black plum, Parma violet, cedarwood atlas and sandalwood, enlivened with a pinch of saffron and thyme, then wrapped around the heady, “slow food” note of Italian Brogiotto black fig. extremely aromatic, known for its sweet, rich flavor, the Brogiotto black fig is a purple-and-black colored fruit grown in northern Italy.

Base Notes

Pure essences, distilled directly from the highest-grade raw sources, such as rum, Haitian Vetyver, caramel, vanilla, black truffle, and fir balsam, are blended with a supple leather accord and the finest variety of amber. Then, two connoisseur-level ingredients complete the base: patchouli vieux, a vintage essential oil that is aged for over five years in oak barrels until it develops a rich and velvety personality, and shoyeido incense, which is hand-blended by master craftsmen in Japan from natural materials and considered the finest incense in the world.

The Packaging

Tom Ford for Men Extreme is presented in a sumptuous and unmistakably masculine version of the tom ford fragrance bottle. The sleek, rounded flask with the distinctive fluted surface is cast in dark amber-chocolate glass and finished with a gold name plaque, gold cap, and a thin gold ring at the neck.

The bottle is packaged in a matte-black box adorned with glossy black fluting and edged with gold, then stamped with the logo in gold on the top and finished with the Tom Ford for Men gold plaque on the front with a secondary line stating, simply, “Extreme.”


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World Champion Tom Ford

Tom Ford boxingTom Ford didn’t intend to take his pants off, but the guy just can’t help himself. “When I saw how I looked in a dressing gown in the showers with the guys it didn’t look right,” recalls the designer of the cover shoot he did for Out. “It was like, Why would I be in the shower with those guys popping my towel in a dressing gown? so I just said, ‘We have to reshoot this and I have to get in there with them, because otherwise it’s not right.’” His lips purse into a small, compressed smile that suggests that it wouldn’t be the first time in his career that a shot needed sexing up. For years sex and Tom Ford have been synonymous, a combination of his blistering good looks, his notorious ad campaigns (his latest shows his new fragrance nestling in a woman’s shaved crotch), and the nonchalant ease with which he addresses it. “Sex is just second nature with me,” he explains. “It’s not like an obsession or anything.”

tom ford boxingMaybe not an obsession, but definitely a guiding principle. He recalls strolling along the beach in St. Barts stark naked early in his career and sailing right past Vogue editor Anna Wintour. “I said, ‘Hey Anna,’ and then thought, Hmm, maybe I ought to start putting on my clothes. That was about the time his star was beginning to rise, and although he doesn’t do nude beaches any more (“As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized a tan line makes your butt look higher”) he clearly loves the human body, just not in a Diane Arbus kind of way. For Ford, the body is a canvas on which to project a fantasy: his. This can be disconcerting. You imagine that when he looks at you he is seeing not who you are, but who you could be, given the right nips and tucks. His story of meeting the artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Santa Fe, N.M., when he was 12 is instructive: “I was like, What’s wrong with her? She’s wrinkly; she doesn’t have any makeup on. Why doesn’t she paint her fingernails?”

tom ford boxingYears later, the man who made over the American woman — painted fingernails, makeup, and all — returned to the O’Keeffe estate after her death to see if he could buy a sculpture by Alexander Calder that she’d owned and that he’d seen in a book as a 10-year-old. “Like everyone from my generation, when I made enough money to start buying art, I bought iconic things that meant something to me as a child,” he says. These days he’s grown bolder, willing to take bets on artists of his generation, but then it’s his generation that is now in the driving seat. At 46, Tom Ford is no longer using older, more established names—Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci — to help make his own. Having opened a luxury menswear store on New York’s Madison Avenue earlier this year, he plans a rapid expansion, with 14 more outlets around the world scheduled to begin opening in 2008. Does flying solo, after so many years as a copilot, give him sleepless nights? Of course, he says — but not that many. “I think sometimes I look so pulled together people think things are effortless for me, and they’re not,” he says. “I spend an enormous amount of energy and time thinking and worrying about all these things so they can appear effortless. It’s a constant fight to stay on top or get back on top, and I like to win, and I like to be successful, which is why I like the boxing motif for this story. Every day you go to work is a fight, and you have to be ready for it.”

tom ford boxingFor a fighter, he has impeccable control. He says a lot during our interview, but only as much as you feel he wants to give, mindful of how his words will read in print, or whether they’ll come back to haunt him. He likes to differentiate between Tom Ford “the product” and Tom Ford “the human,” about whom he says, “I’m extremely private.” His 20-year-plus relationship with former Vogue Hommes International editor Richard Buckley, 14 years his senior, suggests that his playboy demeanor is strictly for show. When he talks about their life together, it sounds as domestic and cozy as an episode of The Honeymooners: “He’s my family now — it’s different than it was when we first met, and why would I throw that away?” They’ve even designed sarcophagi in which to be buried “because we’re all going to die, so why not have fun with that? Why just be in a dull casket when you can be in a fabulous rosewood-and-granite sarcophagus in the middle of New Mexico?” Why, indeed.

Although not afraid of death — “I can totally imagine the world without me; I’m so unimportant” — Ford thinks a lot about the futility of life. He recently emerged from a midlife crisis that engulfed him on his 40th birthday. “All of a sudden I realized that 40 years had gone by and I had everything that I ever wanted, and yet I wasn’t completely, deeply inside, happy or satisfied. It was like, Is that all there is? I had success early, and I had someone I loved already in my life, and dogs and family and houses and things, and yet I felt a little empty and I’ve just recently come out of that. It’s a process. There’s a great quote comparing midlife to reaching the top of the ladder only to realize that you’ve had it against the wrong wall. It wasn’t so much about changing my outer life; it was a question of changing my inner life and living in the present.”

He concedes that in the wake of leaving Gucci he floundered for a new purpose, anxious that his old friends would melt away and that he’d be seen as yesterday’s man. “My life had been Gucci, and Gucci had been my life. I was working 24 hours a day right to the last day, and then — boom — my calendar was blank, like, forever, and I thought, What the fuck am I going to do? What the fuck am I going to do? It was a very hard transition.” Though he’d never imagined himself doing his own thing, he now recognizes that it was a natural progression. A brief stint in Hollywood in between has led to a promising movie project — he wrote the script and will produce it — but he worries he may jinx it with too much loose talk “because God knows it may never get made, and someone will write in [the New York Post’s] Page Six, ‘Tom Ford’s movie career fails…’ ”

tom ford boxingLiving in the present also happens to be at the core of his business strategy. A pragmatic man, Ford is in menswear because it’s less fickle, more reliable, than women’s fashion. “I didn’t want to do it the same way again,” he says. “I’ve done 16 collections a year and eight runway shows a year, where you constantly have to reinvent the wheel: the new shoe, the new bag, the new thing, and it’s so disposable. This is a different business, it’s a slower business, it’s less about fashion and more about quality, so I can have silver hair and still be doing what I’m doing and have it all make sense.” Although he doesn’t rule out introducing women’s wear, it would have to be strictly on his terms. “I do think someone needs to reinvent the way that women’s fashion works, whether I choose to do that in two or three years or not. I’m just afraid that once I stick my toe in that pond I’ll be sucked up and the next 30 years will whiz by and I’ll just have a bunch of dresses hanging in a museum, and I won’t have had time to have really lived.”

Who is likely to shop at the Tom Ford store, where a money clip might set you back a few thou and a top hat sits in a display case without apparent irony? When I walked around the store’s elegant dressing rooms I couldn’t help thinking of Tyler Brûlé, the jet-setting founder of Wallpaper magazine and Monocle, who is forever searching for the perfect this, the ultimate that, and who might well want a shirt in all 340 colors the store offers. (Who knew there were so many?). Ford describes the typical buyer as a man much like himself, although one suspects his eye is really on the booming Asian market. “I was in Beijing and Hong Kong and Shanghai in April looking at store locations, and I wish every American could go and stand on the banks of the Yangtze River in Shanghai and look across at the skyline, which is something from a science fiction movie. You feel so humble: Whoa, this is where it’s happening; this is the future. You get a completely different perspective of America there than we do here.”

Although he got into trouble at the time of the Iraq invasion for telling an Italian newspaper he was embarrassed to be American, Ford doesn’t disguise his despair over the Bush administration. A donor to Barack Obama’s campaign, he says he’ll probably vote for Hillary Clinton when it comes down to it. “In order to get things done in our system, whether we like it or not, you need to know how to operate in the system, and I think she’s quite an expert at that, and I think her heart is in the right place, I think her values are the right ones, and the more I’ve watched and thought, for me, I think it’s Hillary.”

Wary of identity politics — “I don’t feel defined or restricted by my sexuality” — he is nevertheless scathing about the political debate over same-sex marriage. He and Buckley even toyed with the idea of applying for British citizenship so they could register for a civil union there. “I love being an American, but it’s sick that if I died tomorrow, 50% of my property would go to the government and the leftovers would go to Richard, whereas if we were a heterosexual couple, that wouldn’t happen.”

Ford doesn’t take himself seriously enough to expect anyone else to, but his transgressive ad campaigns have a clear political subtext: We need to get over our sexual hang-ups. Like other designers of his generation, he extols the ’70s as a time of sexual license and liberation. “I remember when it was in vogue to have gay friends or to be at Studio 54 while two guys were fucking — fucking — right there in front of you, and there’s princess so-and-so smoking a cigarette and having a cocktail, and it was all, like, ‘I’m cool, I’m liberal, that’s OK, that’s great.’” He shrugs off critics who claim he objectifies women by pointing out that he’s an equal opportunity objectifier; he’d be the first to run more penises in his ads if he could get away with it. Certainly, the ease with which he interacted with the models for Out’s boxing-inspired shoot reflected a man who was supremely comfortable around other men’s bodies. “I complimented their cocks in the shower,” he recalls. “I told one guy, ‘Your cock is really good; mine is usually bigger than this,’ and he said, ‘Oh, it’s just the water — go stand under the shower.’”

This seems so breathtakingly audacious — imagine it tripping off the tongue of any other designer — that you wait a split second for the punch line or the wink that says “just kidding,” only to realize that Tom Ford, human and product both, is at once completely serious and utterly blasé. “If you behave that way and you respect people, I think they get it,” he says. “They sense from me that I’m not going to give one of them a blow job.” He shrugs. “I just don’t do that.”


Midlife crisis quote of Tom Ford?

“All of a sudden, I realized that 40 years had gone by, and I had everything that I ever wanted, and yet I wasn’t completely, deeply inside, happy or satisfied,” he says. “It was like, is that all there is?”

Product Placement with Tom Ford

out2-2.jpgTom Ford recreates the double standard in an exclusive cheeky outtake that was too racy for Out to print in the magazine’s pages

Not only did Tom Ford drop his drawers for Out’s photographer, he also commandeered our shoot to mock up the design for a new ad.

“It was meant to be a play on the new campaign,” Ford says, “but there’s a double standard with featuring female nudity and featuring male nudity. When people say to me, ‘Well, you objectify women,” [I say,] I’m an equal opportunity objectifier. We had a lot of magazines reject the female version [of the campaign], so the male version is going to get rejected even more.”

Source:, Photographed by Terry Richardson