This Closet Is Bigger Than Your Entire New York Apartment

Photographed by Winnie Au.
Lori Hirshleifer is pretty much living every woman's dream. She has a home decked with elaborate Fornasetti decor, a serious penchant for designer sneakers (hello, printed Valentino trainers!) and pretty much all things Chanel (she's been collecting the designer's bags for over 30 years). Oh, and did we mention she's the fourth-generation owner of Hirshleifers, the high-end Long Island specialty store started by her great-grandfather over 100 years ago? So yes, this woman has some serious style.

And, while her clothing collection is on point (and, to be honest, pretty enviable), her home design is on a completely different level. Inside her Roslyn, NY, abode, you'll find Lichtensteins, Basquiats, and Warhols (oh my!), and tons of mixed patterns and materials (her interior is influenced by her personal style, after all). 

Ahead, peek into her life just outside the city. Prepare to be wowed by the size of her closet — you might just find yourself contemplating a move to the 'burbs. 
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Tell us a little bit about Hirshleifers' legacy and your role there.
"Hirshleifers is luxury specialty store that is also home to a few shop-in-shops, like Chanel, Christian Louboutin, The Mens Market, Brunello Cucinelli, and soon, Céline! It was founded by my great-grandfather, Jacob, in 1910. He was originally a furrier in Brooklyn and, slowly but surely, the store has grown into a full-blown women’s shopping destination with ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, shoes, and accessories. We also ventured into menswear with the opening of The Mens Market (which will be re-branded this summer as MRKT) about two years ago.

"For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a part of my family’s business; I currently work there and co-own the store with my two sisters. I am the women's buyer, so I am in charge of all the jewelry, shoes, accessories, and ready-to-wear collections. My job entails a lot of traveling to view new collections, and a never-ending search for cool, up-and-coming designers. I love finding really special pieces that make Hirshleifers stand apart from the rest."
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Hirshleifer's closet is filled to the brim with an enviable collection of designer handbags, shoes, and clothing. Her most prized possession in the room, however, is the statement Fornasetti chair sitting in the center, which was a gift from her mother.
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Matryoshka madness! The ultimate street-style staple: a Chanel "China Doll" bag.
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Your closet is clearly the crown jewel of your home. Did it come like this when you bought the house, or did you customize it to fit your needs?
"We actually built our house 10 years ago, so my husband, David, designed my closet. I like to organize my clothes by categories, and within each category, I organize by colors. I've had no professional help. Just me!"
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Louie the corgi approves of the black-and-white printed carpeting in mom's closet.
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Hirshleifer and her husband called New York City home for 15 years, until her son, Rob, was about 2 years old. The biggest challenge about Manhattan life? "Putting things in storage," she says. "We have recently been thinking about moving back to the city, but the thought of having to give up my closet really stinks."
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How would you describe your interior design aesthetic?
"My interior style is definitely influenced by my personal style. A lot of things I end up getting [for my home]" — like this amazing Jeff Koons sculpture and the quirky Goodfellas quote — "stem from my love for fashion."
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A milkshake tastes better when it's made by Moschino.
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Your Chanel collection is out of this world. Is there one bag that's most important to you?
"I've been collecting Chanel for about 30 years, but I think my favorite is the record-inspired clutch. I'm not really sure where or when my love for all things Karl Lagerfeld first started; I've been a fan of him for as long as I can remember. He really is so unbelievably talented, and I’ve admired him since his days at Chloé."
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Hirshleifer's assortment of Chanel includes many rarities: from a Union Jack-printed, quilted shoulder bag, to a shearling "Comic" version, to the grocery-inspired "Lait de Coco" carrier — there's even a Guy Hepner double-C logo painting in her family room. This lady is all Lagerfeld, all the time.
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You have so many special items around your closet, like this Tiffany Cooper x Karl Lagerfeld lighter and the Visionaire nesting dolls. How did you compile everything?
"All of my knickknacks and decorations are a result of years and years of collecting things that I love and things that are very special to me; for example, there's a picture of my son that my friend’s daughter drew, and the menu from Maya's in St Barths, where I celebrated my birthday."
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The best part about Hirshleifer's closet? The fact that fashion can easily double as decor: The Stella McCartney skateboard functions as a piece of art, and the Louis Vuitton file folder makes a statement amongst a stack of coffee table books.
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A black-and-white gallery wall can add a sophisticated twist to the average family portrait display.
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Tell us about your art collection. There are some amazing pieces around your home!
"My husband is a big art guy; we've been collecting for a very long time. I think my favorite is Andy Warhol's "After the Party," which we have in our living room. It was given to my father-in-law by Warhol himself (he published his books), and he later passed it on to us."
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Taking a bath is better when you're soaking under a wall of Karl Lagerfeld photographs.
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There's lots to love and admire in Hirshleifer's dining room — the oversized windows, the sleek Art Deco dining chairs, and the wall of black-and-white photographic prints — but the ultimate statement piece is the Fornasetti china cabinet and coordinating lips stool.
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You're always on the search for amazing designers for your store. What are some of-the-moment labels people should be watching?
"Virgil Abloh from Off-White! Faith Connexion, Mugler, Haider Ackermann — which is going to be a new vendor for the store this coming season — as well as the Yeezy and adidas collaboration. I’m really excited to see how all of these designers are going to continue to grow."
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A face that smells as good as it looks.
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Where do you pull style and design inspiration from?
"I’d say I get a lot of my inspiration from my job. I am very lucky to travel as much as I do because of it, and I’m constantly being inspired by my day to day. Whether it’s meeting new people, discovering new designers or a different culture, I get to experience so many cool things that inspire me creatively."
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Adding a floor-length mirror, like this gilded beauty, can create the illusion that a room is bigger than you'd expect.
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This John Sitarski chair makes a big statement.
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Mixing textures and patterns can lend a room some serious personality. In her formal living room (where she admits she doesn't spend much time), Hirshleifer keeps a pair of Eames LCW lounge chairs across from a quilted black leather couch. Bonus points for the baby grand piano and the (not pictured) wall of fashion tomes.
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A high-fashion version of a queen's throne.
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Surprise! The wooden bowl on the island is actually filled to the brim with fortune cookies. Good luck for everyone!
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What's the biggest steal or splurge in your home?
"Steal: The Warhol, since it was gifted! Splurge: The Roy Lichtenstein," Hirshleifer says, referring to the "Red Lamps" painting hanging in the foyer from the artist's Interior Series.
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What is the most important lesson you learned while decorating your home?
"To slowly fill it up and only buy what you really love. People are always in a rush to put their homes together, but I believe that decorating is a process that should happen organically over time."
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