On a sleepy street in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn there’s a pre-war walk-up obscured by scaffolding. Pushing open the front door reveals a sunless entryway frozen in time. At the top of the third-floor staircase, Gardy St. Fleur stands wearing a black hoodie and hat bearing his name in bold white lettering. He operates the Saint Fleur art advisory, which caters to NBA stars like Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert, out of this space.
The windows are tinted so as not to damage the artwork (both framed and unframed) that adorns almost every inch of usable wall space. Any open walls are filled with bookcases full of books and ephemera of every kind, from travel mementos from Haiti (where he was born) to a rather ornate Boba Fett figurine. A decidedly spicy, and not-quite-cinnamon scented candle smoke fills the air, creating a real “vibe” in the unquestionably bohemian setting. The sounds of the city (basically sirens and construction) beckon from outside.
As a fine art advisor, St. Fleur educates his clients on art while also sourcing pieces. “The three things that I do are educate, process, and acquire,” St. Fleur says. “The hope is that my collection be in a broader conversation with communities in different places – that I can pass the pieces along to family, to institutions, or share them with the public.”
St. Fleur has developed a holistic method of advising. “With a client, it’s all about getting them out of their comfort zone. Players aren’t coming to me to source a painting of a basketball,” he says. “My service is not that. I am more interested in building a historical collection, in understanding the role art plays in society. I send my clients books, and podcasts so they can learn about the art.”
Along the way, he’s accumulated a heavy-hitting, perfect copy Rolex-centric watch collection. Every piece has a unique backstory – some connect to his personal life, and others illustrate the random nature of watch acquisition. “I picked these four because each one plays a role in my success.”
Rolex Milgauss Replica With Black Dial
This wasn’t his first high quality copy Rolex. No, that one currently belongs to an ex-girlfriend who took a liking to his stainless steel 36mm Datejust. But we don’t talk about that watch anymore. Instead we have the cheap copy Rolex Milgauss, the Rolex to take its place.
“When this watch first came out, everyone wanted one – but I couldn’t afford it,” he says, holding the watch in his hands and tilting it admiringly in the light. “I was always dreaming about it. When I say it’s my dream watch, you have no idea. I have no words to explain it. It’s one of the most beautiful watches I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s the green crystal and that orange pop. As somebody who loves art, you can see why I love this watch.”