What Does A $500,000 Closet Look Like? - Page 3
The townhouse-of-a-closet has been criticized as extravagant in many responses to the original blog but Roemer says the fundraising that takes place in her monster dressing room is more than enough to justify the $500,000 it cost to put in. Tickets are auctioned off and wealthy women come from all over the area to go, well, into the closet. One recent gathering included an in-person demo from perfumer and Hennessey heir, Kilian Hennessey. All the money raised went to the American Heart Foundation. Roemer, who started her career with a line of fitness centers in Wyoming in 1991, has also raised money for Texas Children's Hospital and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in aid of Child Legacy International, according to her website. "There is a man on my street who has a garage big enough for 28 cars because he collects cars, no one gets mad at him and he doesn't do any fundraising," Roemer says noting a potential gender double standard. Others have jumped to her defense saying the money she put into her project doesn't just disappear. "There are many thousands of workers, craftsmen, designers, event planners, and clerks, not to mention investors in retail companies, all of whom have and make less than her, and benefit from her spending decisions," wrote one commenter. Some simply deemed it the "Holy Grail" of closets.
The closet is an Aladdin's Cave of Wonder for lovers of designer labels. Roemer calls it her "she cave."