By the end of the year, Michael (@memorytaffeta) will have been abroad to almost every major city in Europe and Asia. As the Wholesale Director at Hood by Air, Michael is one of the hardest working fashion insiders in the industry. You can spot him a mile away in the cities he frequents (take your pick of Paris, Florence, Milan, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc.) by his bleached Eminem buzz cut or his endearing, infectious smile– but don’t let the friendly face fool you, he’s a force to be reckoned with. We caught up with the up-and-comer before he left the country (again) about his top style icon, favorite cities and what he still hopes to accomplish.
Photos by Phil Walters
Name: Michael Ragen
Occupation: Wholesale Director at Hood by Air
Style Icon? The Marchesa Luisa Casati
How would you describe your style? Lately it’s been Backstreet Boys meets stoner Grandpa from 2050.
Favorite thing in your closet? Changes a lot... currently the pants I'm wearing
Favorite decade? 2000s
Favorite fashion moment? Raf (Simons) at Dior
Dream career? (I) kinda found it…
Best place to find inspiration? tumblr and out my bedroom window
Favorite cities to travel to? Just Paris.
What is the craziest thing you’ve seen while traveling abroad? Can’t talk about that here..
What do you think is the future for the fashion industry? A new level of business transparency (and) hopefully more opportunity for young talent.
Who do you Insta-Stalk? Michelle Lamy and all my exes…
Last thing you Googled? A video of a girl falling at (the) Givenchy (SS16 runway show).
What's on your playlist? Old Britney, Amber London, Travis $cott, Lana…
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far? Getting myself out of Texas.
What do you hope to accomplish next year? Working less, giving more.