In my short time working with clothing in New York, I have come across plenty of men, young and old, who would like nothing more than turn their own interest in dressing themselves every day into their profession. It has been far less common for me to meet someone whose passion for clothing is primarily driven by a genuine interest in helping others.
In sincerity, I can count the number of these gentlemen on one hand.
Nicholas Ragosta is one of them. Nick was chosen to lead the Armoury’s U.S. operation because, while he loves clothing, he knows that his work is not about him. The interests of the men who wisely put their trust in him come first and, being the perfectionist he is, they are rarely disappointed.
I was lucky enough to work along side him for nearly a year while he ran Isaia Napoli’s made to measure program and was fortunate enough to see, time after time, how happy he made men feel in the clothes he fit for them. It was and is truly inspiring.
If you don’t know him, I strongly encourage you to stop by 168 Duane Street and introduce yourself. He is one of the best men I know and a true exception to the rule.
Had the pleasure of meeting him for just a moment looking over the available Eidos swatches at Carson Street. Seems nice enough and I really enjoy pilfering his Tumblr for all things italiani. I was curious who would be leading the Armoury here and it sounds like they’ll be in fantastic hands with Sig. Ragosta.