Michele Savoia of House of Savoia

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Savoia grew up with a grandfather and father who were “sharp dressers,” he adoringly recalls, much in the vein of the glamorous movie stars whose black and white films play on repeat in his office 24/7. In the ’60s as a kid, Savoia remembers his maternal grandfather, who was a master tailor, wearing a three-piece suit even if it was a hundred degrees outside and watching his father from beginning to end while getting dressed for his job as a night club manager. Among the indelible impressions left upon him were the pressed shirts, pinky ring, and gesture of his dad greasing his hair back in the mirror into a dip before watching him walk down the front steps to his car through the window of their six-family house (the kind that literally housed the entire extended clan). So impassioned by the sartorial high standards of the male role models in his life, Savoia never went to school in sneakers and won the best dressed award every year at school. Today, to say he is a tailor is an understatement. Savoia eats, sleeps, lives and breathes his work of making and designing clothes for everyone from CEOs and fashionistas to Broadway costumes, with an intensity and perfectionism that speaks volumes to the value of a strong heritage. Read More

It is mostly the romantic, seductive and streamlined beauty of the late ’30s and the Art Deco aesthetic that Savoia considers to be the epitome of a time when the world was at a creative and design peak, ranging from fashion and architecture to automobiles. In an effort to live in his visual fantasies, his clothing shop on the LES is like stepping into an inviting time warp, from vintage cuff links to his ’58 custom Harley Davidson Bobber parked outside that he rides everyday. A meticulous perfectionist when it comes to the eye, you won’t find Savoia in just any high-waisted trousers, rather the ones that really sit on your waist. The details of a cuff, if not French, are a Stove Pipe, laden with a richness of contrast stitching and contrast buttons that are only a small part of the love that goes into any one piece. He is part Errol Flynn in the distressed vintage leather trench coat that I wanted to take home and a more fit, slightly rock and roll Al Capone in a velvet vest with satin piping, pinstripe pants, earrings and tattoos. And don’t let his tough exterior of a scarf tied under the traditional apple jack hat in buttery classic black leathers and dark shades fool you. Savoia is as endearing as they come, with tattoos for his mom and daughter among the the many sentimentalities on his arms. He is obsessed with setting the stage, playing the part and “dreaming in an awakened state.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    I wish there was a “love” link. I am obsessed with his 1930’s styled apartment and I love what he says about the world today being so chaotic, versus the more simple times during the art deco period. It’s so true, the world was so much more sexy and elegant,rather than fast and random. I want to be him to be my new best friend :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622238665 Ashley Greene

    I am in love with Michele’s vintage Italian motorcycle jacket!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001912639620 James Mccaffery

    It’s the tailors on SLU who have the strongest affinity for the details– the guys who know the rules are often the ones most equipped to break the hell out of them.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/georgie.lambert Georgie Lambert

    Impeccable timeless style and beyond…..matinee idol looks and proper pin stripe high waist pants….thankyou

  • http://www.facebook.com/pleasebegood Sophie Samul

    I really appreciate Michele’s memory of watching his father get dressed every day. I always love remembering moments like that – they seem ordinary at the time but shape us in ways we could never expect. Also, imagining his grandfather writing him fake notes to get him out of school to take him to Coney Island is incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34601721 Sasha Flynn

    Due to my obsession with men’s fashion, I feel like I want to follow him around to learn everything he knows! Vintage motorcycle jacket is nothing short of amazing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002002155302 Lois Broderick

    Congrats Savoia!
    When I was a kid and you wrapped those chaps around me a threw the leopard fur rug around me I knew you had something. I felt great that night at Danceteria I wish you the best!

  • Nancy

    Savoia is so hip…beyond all trends and conventional cool… love him… love his style!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=47402418 Moissanite Matt

    you gotta be joking

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=47402418 Moissanite Matt

    awesome memories

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558971950 Patricia Ann Parenti

    Great interview and all so true about him for I know him well for 30 years. Go see his store for it’s beautiful and nothing nowadays compares. He is truly a master at what he does and I should know for I’m in the fashion business. Savoia has a style that very few men have or can ever achieve nowadays. It’s a beautiful style that needs to be brought back in this world of sloppy jeans and tee shirts. Now if I were a man looking for a job or woman I would run right to his store and have a suit made because nothing protrays confidence like a custom made suit from HOUSE OF SAVOIA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558971950 Patricia Ann Parenti

    House of Savoia has many vintage and new accessories for men and women also. There you can find my TENDER GLOVING CARE collection of ladies cashmere lined leather gloves hand emellished with studs and stones in sizes s-m-l. Now that it’s Spring you might want a cotton glove for your Spring coat. The store carries many styles/colors/sizes of never worn vintage gloves from the late 1940’s – 1950’s for ladies from my TENDER GLOVING CARE VINTAGE COLLECTION. While your there why not have Michele make you a coat or suit to go with the new gloves you picked out for he makes ladies clothes also. House of Savoia 147 Essex St. between Houston and Delancy Streets. F train to Delancy St. 212-677-6979. When you call or visit tell him I refereed you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danibaum23 Dani Baum

    The black leather longgg motorcycle jacket… Woah. One of the most beautiful jackets I have ever seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405253778 Domonique Echeverria

    OMG! THAT LEATHER COAT! What a sharp dressed man. . . and I love that he has a bit of funk to him. So good.

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  • Lola

    R.I.P to the Don of Dapper, You were one of my most favorite male style muses.

  • aimwest

    i am so Sorry to hear the latest about you. i am so shocked and saddened. my deepest condolences to your family. :-(

  • http://www.cheriecorso.com/ cherie Corso

    So sad to loose this creative man, RIP

  • eddie

    Savoia was a beautiful person and a truly GREAT friend.

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