She’s known as the “Queen of Retail” and has long been recognized for her fashion savvy and design talents, but Faith Hope Consolo has carved out a unique place for herself in the high stakes real estate world of New York City as Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Leasing, Marketing and Sales Division.
On a recent afternoon, Faith sat down with ELYSIAN Publisher, Karen Floyd, for an interview. Their chosen venue was an elegant boutique hotel tucked away on a quiet side street on the Upper East Side. The Lowell Hotel, a stone’s throw from the celebrated fashion houses of Madison Avenue and footsteps from Fifth Avenue and Central Park, is well known to discerning visitors to New York City who appreciate exceptional accommodations and discreet service.
Your background in the arts began in New York and Paris?
Yes, it was a very exciting time. I really wanted to be an interior designer, which I eventually became. I also loved fashion and contemplated designing accessories; although that was not really my love. I was always an artist at heart. When I chose Parsons, I said, “This will be my career.” My passion was studying art. I was just 16 years old. Later, when I studied in Paris, my roommate and I had the opportunity to visit the greatest museums in the world. We even traveled behind the Iron Curtain to visit the museums of Russia and Poland. My appreciation of the arts is deep and is what I am “inside.” I love going to the theater and the ballet. I am very fortunate to live here in New York City, the art capital of the world, not to mention the financial and the shopping capital of the world.
You also paint?
Yes, in watercolor. I love painting all those beautiful colors and consider myself a fake impressionist painter. I did a small show in Lenox, Massachusetts. They don’t have as discerning an eye as they have here in New York.