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.

Plaza Uomo USA - - JOURNAL - Words kon­rad ols­son PHOTOGRAPHY aga­ton ström

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.”

Favourite ac­ces­sory?

“An el­e­gant watch. All men should in­vest in one.”

Favourite suit?

“A char­coal An­gel Be­spoke made from su­per 180 and cash­mere.”

Favourite shoes?

“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.”

Style ad­vice?

“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.”

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