Fashion icon Hamish Bowles lists his extremely stylish NYC co-op

There’s no shortage of style in Hamish Bowles’ $2.9 million pre-war co-op. (Photos: Sotheby’s International Realty)

I remember meeting the inimitable Hamish Bowles at a Stanley Korshak event in the late 2000s. For those of us who work in luxury retail, it was a real pleasure to meet the long time vogue publisher known for encouraging readers to dream far beyond their bank accounts.

So of course I was intrigued when the New York Times announced Bowles’ Ninth Street Greenwich Village co-op was on the market. Built in the mid-1920s, the 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom antebellum duplex still sports nearly all of its original architectural details.

“This is one of those old school character apartments in the village; what the village was like,” according to Chris Poore, broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, which holds the listing.

Unsurprisingly, the ground floor apartment is offered with “zero staging”, Poore added.

The living room alone features 16½ foot coffered ceilings, green damask walls, a wood-burning fireplace, and an intricately designed chandelier.

Other custom features include Milanese-style pedimented bookcases, work by Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli of Studio Peregalli, and Agencie Group, a New York-based architectural firm. And then there’s a fanciful trompe l’oeil doorway into the dining room.

“It’s a lot of fun because guests come in, and you can see they’re just playing with that handle and don’t know why they can’t open the door,” Bowles said in a vogue video posted earlier this year.

The second floor master bedroom is equally extravagant – in a good way.

Think candy pink floral walls and a multi-colored green rug. And fit for a fashion icon, there’s coveted storage space. (Bowles “was born a dandy,” according to a 2013 New York Times room.)

Notice to future buyers: One of the cupboards in the apartment, originally a Juliette balcony, can be restored to its natural state.

The apartment also has a spacious plum stained hall and an open-plan kitchen with marble counter tops, wooden cabinets and black and white flooring. Adding to the appeal: a slew of personal Bowles treasures — or what he calls “objects of affection” — that run the gamut from vintage books to antique furniture.

It turns out the 59-year-old British native has already moved to London. In addition to his duties at vogueBowles is also the editor of Conde Nast’s interior design magazine, The world of interiors (which featured the NYC co-op in a 2014 op-ed).

The 68-unit building — designed in 1925 by Harvey Wiley Corbett — has had its fair share of fame.

Notable names include sex and the city author Candace Bushnell, actor Chris Noth and designer Jonathan Adler and her husband and former Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan.

As for potential buyers, Poore says he hopes to find one who appreciates the owner’s taste. Either way, “bones are excellent whether someone likes it or not.”

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