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Does Robert Burke Owe Someone a Commission?

by habituallychic

01 . 22 . 08

I was checking out Fashion Week Daily as I do everyday and came across the most interesting story below.

BURKE’S NEW PERCH: While juggling trips to Milan, Florence, Dubai, Qatar, South Korea, and Paris, where he is attending a few couture shows this week in between business meetings, Robert Burke managed to squeeze in selling his Murray Hill apartment. Not that it was ever on the market to begin with. “This realtor called me a few months ago saying her client saw the pictures of my apartment from Elle Décor posted on a design blog,” Burke said. “She said, ‘my client really, really wants to buy your apartment.'” Figuring he would never hear from her or the client again, the shrewd luxury consultant surreptitiously made an offer that was well beyond what would’ve been the appraised value.

Lo and behold, the realtor called back and said his client had agreed to the amount. Both parties signed the deal on Thursday. So now, upon his return from Paris, Burke, and his Steven Klein photographs, will be temporarily living out of a hotel until his new apartment–a full floor-through loft on Park Avenue South just north of Gramercy Park that’s double the size of his old pad and comes with a rooftop terrace–is finished being renovated. “I’m going to have to get all new furniture now,” he laughed. “This new place is more modern compared to my old place, which was classic–but not wound-up classic.”

Now, I’m not exactly sure on which design blog they saw Robert Burke’s apartment but I did profile it in it’s entirety this past September in my post entitled Man About Town so it could have been mine. And in which case, I think I am entitled to a little commission on this deal. Don’t you?! What do you say Mr. Burke? How about a little something for me?

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  1. maison21 January 22, 2008 | 4:48 am

    he better pay up!

    ps- don’t you wonder who read your blog and decided to buy an apartment because of it? amazing.

  2. Suzy January 22, 2008 | 6:05 am

    That is a great story, even if it wasn’t yours. Amazing. BUT, if it was your blog – I’d say they’d better pay up for sure!

  3. Lala Ema January 22, 2008 | 12:00 pm

    I agree as well. And in the first place, don’t you think the blog in question should have been quoted as an ethical rule ?

    ps: wonder whether you received my email about Paris places ?

  4. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 2:27 pm

    Maison21, I was totally wondering! I wrote it during fashion week so maybe someone was googling around and stumbled on it or if I just have fancy readers. pretty exciting regardless.

  5. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Suzy, just goes to show the power of the internet!

  6. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Lala Ema, I think it would have been nice if they had named the blog so that person could have gotten credit and some new traffic. Especially, since it was because of them!

    And thank you so much for your email. I have been bad about responding to my emails from the end of last week. I will check out your recommendations and get back to you. Thanks again!

  7. Topsy Turvy January 22, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    Maybe the realtor should give you a cut as well …
    Thanks for the Fashion Week Daily reference. I wasn’t familiar, but have added that to my blog list, along with your blog.

  8. Miss Dashwood January 22, 2008 | 3:05 pm

    HC, you DO have fancy readers! You have the best taste level of any blog I know. You deserve a commission or a little sumpin sumpin for brightening up our world!

  9. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 3:40 pm

    Topsy Turvy, I’m going to have to get to the bottom of this story that’s for sure.

    I love Fashion Week Daily. They have lots of goos scoop so I think you will like it!

    I need to update my blog list too so I will add you as well when I do!

  10. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 3:59 pm

    Miss Dashwood, You’re too sweet! I think I am blushing. Maybe Robert could send over a nice new YSL black patent leather Downtown Bag to make me feel better 😉

  11. Topsy Turvy January 22, 2008 | 4:44 pm

    Thanks HC, and good luck with the YSL bag!

  12. Brilliant Asylum January 22, 2008 | 4:51 pm

    Love this story. It is too good not to be true.

  13. Alice Olive January 22, 2008 | 5:58 pm

    Brilliant! Yes, you should definitely receive a commission!!

  14. Anonymous January 22, 2008 | 8:24 pm

    Get over yourself! So many self serving post on your site…

  15. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 8:31 pm

    BA, It is funny no matter who it’s about.

  16. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 8:31 pm

    Thanks Alice!

  17. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 8:34 pm

    Anonymous, Why do you always have to be such a stick in the mud? Let’s not forget that it’s MY blog and I can write about anything I want. And you who are not really anonymous in Scotland or Seattle, not sure exactly sure which via Stat Counter, should get over YOURSELF please.

  18. Miss Dashwood January 22, 2008 | 9:33 pm

    You tell ’em, HC! Anonymous, you don’t even have the cajones to give us your nickname, much less have your own Blog. We love Habitually Chic. Keep up the great work, HC.

  19. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 9:41 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Dashwood! I love that you have my back!

    I consider someone’s blog like their home. If they are gracious enough to invite you in, then you should be a gracious guest. Would a guest ever tell her hostess to get over herself? I think not. I consider myself a very polite and well mannered person and try to always be positve and so I appreciate the same from my guests. There is no need for rudeness anywhere in life.

  20. Suzy January 23, 2008 | 5:21 am

    I agree, Anonymous, at least have the decency to tell us all who you are before you start to rubbish our blogs!

  21. the House of Beauty and Culture January 23, 2008 | 10:12 am

    HC – Hope you get it!
    But (there always is a but isn’t there), you might have to share it with GMG as she too did a bit about the very same apartment. I’m sure there will be plenty to go round, though!


  22. Habitually Chic January 23, 2008 | 2:39 pm

    Suzy, thanks! Anonymous should start his or her own blog and see how they like it when people leave mean comments!

  23. Habitually Chic January 23, 2008 | 2:40 pm

    HOBAC, I have no problem sharing! I also think everyone knows that I am just having a good laugh at the whole thing. Although, someone did email me a few months back at the referral of Mr. Burke so at least he is aware that I exist. Lol.

  24. Habitually Chic January 23, 2008 | 5:05 pm

    I wonder if the person who bought the apartment is also going to hire Todd Romano to help decorate it because without all of Robert’s beautiful art and objects, it’s just a shell.

  25. LondonCalling January 23, 2008 | 8:52 pm

    Good point. That’s what I really liked about it. The stuff!

  26. Easy and Elegant Life January 24, 2008 | 6:07 pm

    Hmmm, as long as he has to get all new furniture for the new place…. maybe he could ship a container your way? Only decent thing to do…

  27. Habitually Chic January 24, 2008 | 6:20 pm

    Easy and Elegant Life, I like your thinking…but I’m not gonna hold my breath!

  28. Habitually Chic January 24, 2008 | 6:20 pm

    London Calling, I wonder if the new owner is going to try to replicate the interior design which would be even weirder since homes should be personal.