FAITH HOPE CONSOLO | RETAIL QUEEN
"I walk through Barneys New York because it is between my house and Pilates. I may shop, but really, I am taking an overview of what is going on. So as I’m strolling, I’m canvassing — seeing what new labels they have and what they are showing. Besides being a fashionista, which I really am, I am always thinking about my career."
Faith Hope Consolo is probably the most famous female retail real estate broker in the country, if not the world. Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio and raised in Westport, Connecticut, Consolo is known for an over-the-top, ultra-feminine style in a world of drab pinstriped men. Sometimes derided for her love of publicity, Faith is nonetheless a go-to source for reporters seeking a colorful quote.
As Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Leasing and Sales Division, a position created especially for her, she is responsible for providing comprehensive retail counsel to tenants and landlords, both nationally and internationally. Since joining the firm in January 2005, she has completed millions of dollars of deals for some of the most recognized names in retail. Her team identifies and secures the best locations for prominent international retailers’ United States operations, and represents some of the country’s top landlords in finding high profile retailers for their properties.
The result is an expansive client base that includes such top-tier fashion names as Buccellati, Ivanka Trump, Cartier, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Bruno Magli, Christian Louboutin, Fogal, Ferragamo, Bond No. 9, Calypso, Fresh, Lockes, Paul Smith, Sermoneta, Wempe, Wolford,and globally based mass merchandisers that include Who.A.U. and Zara.