June 27, 2018 2 Comments

In the wilds of upstate New York, Patrick Robinson finds the perfect setting for creating his ultimate work-life retreat.


By Louise Denny
Produced by Tomorrows, Styling by Kate Berry

Published on January 20, 2018 - 5:45am EST


A cattle barn isn’t the first place you’d expect Patrick Robinson to call home. But then again, the founder of travel clothing line Paskho (and former design lead at Armani Exchange, the Gap, and Paco Rabanne) is full of surprises. Case in point: At age 10, he taught himself to make garment patterns from newspaper and is presently crafting a Chris-Craft-style barrel-back boat by hand.

 

So when he and his wife, Vogue fashion and accessories market director Virginia Smith, looked for a house to regularly escape Manhattan, they searched not in East Hampton or Martha’s Vineyard but rather in the country (of the farm variety).

 

Photography by Jessica Antola


We were obsessed with having a barn.

- Patrick Robinson


Explains Robinson, “People kept showing us converted buildings that had covered up the original wood, so we kept looking.” For him, that was the whole point: to create a livable space that celebrated nature and brought the outside in. They eventually found exactly what they hoped for in Ancram, a tiny, bucolic town in Columbia County, east of the Hudson River.

 

Photography by Jessica Antola


When Robinson and Smith bought the eight-acre property in 2003, it only had a cow barn, silo, chicken coop, and turtle-filled pond—plus a seemingly endless thatch of weeds and wildflowers. They renovated the barn, which was built in 1856, preserving its original skeleton and idiosyncrasies, including a 70-foot-high open center and low-ceilinged side wings where the cattle stalls once were.

 

Photography by Jessica Antola


New York design firm Bonetti/Kozerski led anexpansion project in 2010, keeping the original, untreated beams on display—in some places so low they still require a ducking maneuver. Despite all the dark wood, light streams in from seemingly every angle of the house. “There are so many windows that you feel like you’re in nature,” Robinson says. “And the wood inside connects you to the woods outside—it’s like an infinity loop.”

 

Photography by Jessica Antola

 

Modern design elements—a Plopp steel stool by Oskar Zięta, a brass floor lamp by Christian Liaigre—contrast and complement the home’s rustic bones. In the foyer, a Frank Gehry chair sits near the original green barn light fixture; in the kitchen, white country counters mingle with Scandinavian-style slingback Zaha chairs; upstairs, works by Man Ray and Walton Ford hang harmoniously above a floor of Legos (son Wyeth, 13, shares his father’s propensity for building).

Touches of the Robinson-Smith fashion DNA mix in seamlessly: hand sketches by Manolo Blahnik, photographs by Herb Ritts, family portraits by Patrick Demarchelier and Norman Jean Roy—all adding up to a place in which refined inspirations and rustic ease coexist.


 

Photography by Jessica Antola

 

 

A quarter mile down the road, the next design project awaits. Robinson recently bought—what else—an old goat barn. It serves as the warehouse from which he ships packages to customers daily to keep up with demand. (Paskho—the word comes from the Ancient Greeks, meaning “passion”—is designed for exploring the world, and each piece of clothing is made from reclaimed fabrics.)

Robinson may keep the space as is or modernize it later on, but for now he is focusing on the business. “I see there are no limits,” he says of the house and its expansive environs. “I come here to think and figure out how to make things bigger.”

 


 

Photography by Jessica Antola

Photography by Jessica Antola


This story originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue with the headline Country Mode.


2 Responses

beatrice carmen miranda
beatrice carmen miranda

July 24, 2018

gorgeous. and serene home.
and i love,and am living for my first pair of pants. i was pleasantly surprised w/ the tech fabric. i must’ve missed that in the description. and when received was exhilarated with the touch and feel. i immediately opened the box, and then the envelope ( maybe save money on the extra packaging) and ran to the mirror with pants in hand. voila— they fit perfect. i can’t wait to wear them as i reach the summit in Peru and in – style, but no one needs to know how stylish as they are understated. thank you patrick.

Edward Ransom
Edward Ransom

July 19, 2018

Patrick,
What a wonderful story and blessing. Your gift has served notice that the American dream is alive and well. We will spread the news across the National Alliance of African American Athletes family.

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