Body of Celebrity Designer Michele Savoia Pulled from Hudson River

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 at 6:05 am by

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Michele Savoia outside his old Essex St. store, Photo: Debbie Dickinson/Facebook

Michele Savoia, a famous fashion designer for celebrities like Robert DeNiro and Ricky Martin, disappeared after a night of partying last week. His body was later pulled from the Hudson River. According to The New York Times, Savoia was last seen at Marquee on 10th Avenue in Chelsea at 4am. Two days passed without word of his whereabouts, so his chauffeur reported Savoia missing to the local authorities. Cops told the paper that foul play is apparently not suspected at this time, listing him simply as “missing.”

A close friend, Kevin James Dalton, said it appeared that Mr. Savoia slipped on the aluminum ramp leading to his boat at Pier 59 and fell into the near-freezing water after a night of partying.

Though not widely known in the fashion world, he was something of a celebrity among vintage-clothing aficionados who, like him, thought of modern designs as lacking a certain swagger.

Savoia, who apparently lived on a yacht docked off 12th Avenue, briefly operated the House of Savoia at 147 Essex Street. For three years (2009-2012), the den of threads was stocked with enough vintage cool to make your hipster friend cry in jealousy. Everything from dapper outfits, motorcycles, and pool tables to Raging Bull on loop in the window. But the store closed last summer “due to another greed-driven landlord.”

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