Thomas Fortson Darby was born into a historic family of real estate and development and as an award winning, top producing agent, has been responsible for successfully marketing some of the finest waterfront and exceptional estates in the area over the past twelve years. Academically and professionally, he was trained and educated in design, interior design, art architecture, art history and international marketing in Europe and in the United States. In New York and nationally he was Corporate Accounts Director for Gucci International and responsible for creating the Corporate Accounts Division. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees cum laude. Fortson Darby incorporates all of his design expertise, international marketing and education to offer a unique and sophisticated approach to marketing exceptional estates and waterfront properties on an international level.
After completion of his BFA and while working on his first MFA in Italy, Fortson Darby was hired by Gucci International in Italy. He was sent to Paris, London and then New York with Gucci and experienced a rewarding and creative career, eventually directing the Corporate Accounts Division. He discreetly handled the accounts of Fortune 500 CEOs, international royalty, and diplomats, national politicians, stars of stage and screen and PR. He went on to accept a professorship of marketing and design at a private Catholic college teaching marketing at the university level. His art and design work has been exhibited in NY, Boston, Palm Beach, Key West & Newport. His design work, style, and corporate manner have been recognized by renown national publications. He has also worked on major film, television and video productions and is an active member of SAG and AFTRA.
Accomplishments and Awards
Fortson Darby holds a BFA in Interior Design and Art and was a MFA candidate with European honors in Italy through an American University. He completed his Masters Graduate degree at Rhode Island School of Design, cum laude, with European Honors. While with Gucci in NY, he attended Parsons, The Arts Students League of NY and FIT.His artistic and interior design talents, as well as his business style have been recognized by national publications. He has been active with many charities and beneficial organizations over the years. Some of these include: Montefiore Childrens Hospital in NY, Chances for Children, a charity of the Duchess of York, Le Bal de Ecole, a scholarship program for special students at NCC, and he also volunteers to feed the homeless at local shelters through St Joseph's Catholic church. He has been an active member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Westport Historical Society, The Westport Arts Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Greenwich Polo Club, The Preservation Society of Newport County & The International Yacht Restoration School. He has been an award winning and top producing real estate agent in luxury real estate and exceptional waterfront properties for many years. He is a graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI), a certified realtor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and recently received and award for his 'Certified International Property Specialist' (CIPS) in Rome, Italy through the National Association of Realtors. Mr. Fortson Darby will be honored to assist you in your estate marketing needs on an international level.