By Katy Carrier
Photography by Brittany Wood
Fashion industry mogul John Eshaya has been escaping to Palm Springs since high school, so it only made sense that he would ultimately lay down some part-time roots in the desert. Based primarily in Los Angeles, Eshaya founded his t-shirt and denim line, JET (John Eshaya Tees), in 2008, and while it quickly became a favorite of celebrities like Nicole Ritchie and Jessica Alba, even his busy schedule can’t keep him away from his second home in Palm Springs. Located in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, the midcentury modern property built in 1964 caught his eye during a chance drive-by about ten years ago, and the decision to purchase the home was quickly made.
Prior to founding JET, Eshaya spent 24 years at Fred Segal Melrose, working his way up to buyer and helping discover once-unknown brands like Citizens of Humanity and Vince. His love of fashion and color couldn’t be more apparent than in his Palm Springs home. Every way you turn, you are met with décor items produced by fashion houses like Pucci, Missoni and Gucci. Matching Louis Vuitton blankets decorate the foot of each twin bed in one of the guest bedrooms, while Hermes blankets are draped across a chaise lounge in one room and a bed in another. In the corner of one of the home’s two living rooms is an 8-foot-tall tower of orange Hermes boxes. Eshaya says that he just kept stacking until it became a “sculpture.” His collection of Pucci pillows and towels is awe inducing, and a gilded settee is even upholstered in Pucci terrycloth.
Nearly as prominent as Eshaya’s love of fashion is his passion for art – in particular, pop art. What started as admiration for the work of Andy Warhol when Eshaya was younger has now made way for bonafide Warhol collector status, and his art collection also includes works by Banksy, Takashi Murakami, David LaChapelle, Mr. Brainwash and Robert Rauschenberg.
Even when Eshaya can’t be in Palm Springs himself, a steady flow of his friends head out to the desert to enjoy the spectacular home. The backyard oasis is particularly impressive, with the original terrazzo still surrounding the pool and the mountains within startling proximity, lending a private resort feel to the setting.
Aside from quality time spent floating in the pool, one of Eshaya’s favorite Palm Springs pastimes is scouring the vintage stores for furniture and décor items. Some of his favorite vintage pieces in the home were procured at local stores, like the impressive Murano glass chandelier in the dining room, purchased at 20 First Vintage & Modern. Some of his other favorite Palm Springs area vintage stores include Hedge and Bon Vivant.
While much of the house underwent renovations following its purchase by Eshaya, there’s one room that remained largely untouched: the decadent master bathroom clad in pink marble. He did make one addition to the room, however: a stunning crystal chandelier dangling directly over the spa. He tells me that the electrician hired to complete the job was hesitant to hang the fixture over the water for fear that a freak accident could lead to electrocution, but Eshaya ultimately prevailed and quips to me, “we all have to go somehow – wouldn’t that be a story?”
See this feature in print in issue one of Palm Springs Style magazine!