The man on Manhattan
The New York icon and made-to-measure expert Angel Ramos on his favourite products, style role models and the vintage pieces he’ll never get rid of.
What led you to start Angel Bespoke?
“After two years at another American made-tomeasure label I felt confident I possessed the knowledge and had a big enough network to set up my own business.”
Have you always been into style and menswear?
“I grew up in New York and it’s pretty much impossible not to have an interest in style and fashion here. It’s everywhere. My high school specialised in art and it was during these years that I developed my love for fashion. Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein went to the same school. It laid a good foundation.”
What is the key to becoming successful in menswear on social media?
“To be as authentic as possible you need to understand what your label stands for and your target group.”
Style role models?
“I always have an eye on Gianni Agnelli when it comes to the Italian scene. I love Ralph Lauren for his American vibes and Tom Ford for his simplicity, elegance and unbelievable sense for branding.”
What beauty products do you use?
“I’m obsessed with fragrances. Kemi, Ex Idolo, Tom Ford and many more.”
“An elegant watch. All men should invest in one.”
“A charcoal Angel Bespoke made from super 180 and cashmere.”
“Saint Crispins and Belgian Loafers.”
Do you have any old items that you still use?
“I have a collection of Ralph Lauren knitted jumpers dating back to the early Nineties that I still wear, as well as a Ralph Lauren hat from 1988. A tie from Kiton has lasted me seven years now.”
“Keep it simple. Don’t try too hard. You have to balance looking smart without looking like you made a lot of effort.”
Biggest style faux-pas?
“I went through a period of wearing short jackets and slim fit trousers, a look I steer clear of today. You live and you learn.”
Do you own any items you’d refuse to wear today?
“Many years ago I had a pink suit made for me for Pitti Uomo. Never again! That kind of peacock behaviour is a major turn-off.”
Favourite shop in the world?
“Rubinacci is probably the world’s dopest shopping experience.”
What era would you like to return to?
“The prohibition era of the 1920s.”
Your first memory that relates to style?
“When my dad got back home after a night at a swanky party, tired and a bit tipsy... He made sure he hung his suit neatly in his wardrobe, put the shoetrees in his shoes and polished them before putting them away.”
You’ve won a million dollars. What do you do with your new-found fortune?
“I complete the building work my wife and I have started on a church in my mother’s home town in the Philippines. And reinvest the rest in Angel Bespoke.”