Julie Ragolia Fashion Stylist - Secrets of a successful stylist

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julie-ragolia-coverJULIE RAGOLIA
STYLIST &  FASHION DIRECTOR
NEW YORK

New York native Julie Ragolia gives us a sneak peek into her life and shares her secret for staying on top of the game 
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Julie Ragolia - The Sartorialist
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“It’s amazing how easy it was to second guess myself when I was younger. Now I stand by my ideas, even when ahead of the curve, or slightly off center.”


Knowledge, confidence and an explosion of creativity could be one of many words to describe Fashion Stylist Julie Ragolia. As a native New Yorker, she attributes the Big Apple as a huge source of creative inspiration that challenges her as an artist. With a fast growing popularity now in Asia, Ragolia just styled her first editorial for Vogue China’s September issue. When she’s not busy with her role as Fashion Director for the publication Man of the World, or jet setting around the world, one might find her cohabitating at the boutique Love Adorned or just chilling with her favorite boston terrier pooch. We caught up with Ragolia as she divulges details on her latest and most favorite shoot, what it’s like to be a cover model and why she’ll never leave New York City.    

HOW MANY CITIES AND COUNTRIES HAVE YOU WORKED IN OVER THE LAST YEAR?
I've lost count! In the past two months alone I've been to Paris, Puglia, Shanghai, Beijing, Los Angeles and Chicago for shoots. I had to get new pages put into my passport!

WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR MOST FAVORITE SHOOTS THAT YOU WORKED ON RECENTLY?
I recently styled musician, Nick Waterhouse, for a new men's magazine that I am now Fashion Director of, Man of the World. Martien Mulder shot it in the Chateau Marmont, and it's just the most beautiful and timeless collection of imagery I've seen in a long time. Nick is a brilliant musician, and also embraced the photographic process in a way I never even imagined possible. I can't wait for everyone to see it when the launch issue hits stands this fall. quotes

YOU HAVE QUITE A FOLLOWING IN ASIA AS A STYLIST. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?
I don't know, but I'm really grateful for it. I styled my first editorial for Vogue China's September issue recently. That was really exciting. The Asian fashion market is growing wildly. It's an incredible time, and there's so much interest from the west in that area. I'm glad to have been able to explore it all early on. 

YOU’RE THE COVER GIRL OF SCOTT SCHUMAN’S BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY BOOK, “THE SARTORIALIST”.  HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
Sheer luck in having gotten dressed in the morning! Scott told me that when he was editing the book he kept coming back to that image, which was why he chose it. It's funny, it's so beautiful, and timeless, but when I look at it I don't see myself. I see how well Scott captured color and tone, and emotion, which is ultimately what informs so many of our fashion choices, and is the core of his immense talent as a photographer. He really gave me a special gift of confidence with that cover. I'd been so comfortable behind the scenes prior, just making beautiful images. It forced me to embrace my own skin from the other side. 

YOU LITERALLY WEAR MULTIPLE (AND FABULOUS!) HATS FROM STYLIST TO FASHION CONSULTANT TO BOOK COVER MODEL AND NOW THE RUMOR MILL HAS IT THAT YOU’VE RECENTLY WORKED ON A JEWELRY COLLABORATION. YOU’RE UNSTOPPABLE!
Ha, yes! I’m so excited about my upcoming jewelry collaboration with Senhoa, a charitable organization in Cambodia providing art therapy to girls coming out of the prostitution ring by way of making this jewelry. The proceeds of which fund programs and counseling to give girls the means and strength to carve their own paths, as well as providing them with key business and artisan skills. Coco Rocha did a collaboration with them last year, and my collection will launch this year around holiday time. I'm designing pieces for men and women.  



WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That I don't think of it as a job. It's sheer passion and play. It's funny, when I travel for shoots my boyfriend always jokes, "Have a fun holiday." Humor is always rung with some truth, no? 

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON LATELY?
Earlier I mentioned Man of the World, the new men's book I'm now working with. Getting a new magazine off the ground has been a lot of work, but a thrill as well. We're taking an interesting approach, with a strong focus on the relationship between fashion, lifestyle and craft, which we feel bears resonance and relevance over time, much in the way our iconic role models such as Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Alain Delon, James Dean, or even the longevity of a great vintage watch or a classic car do. We're confident we're providing a necessary service to men, with a side of whit and charm. That's been my biggest focus as of late. 

YOU’RE A NY NATIVE. WHY HAVE YOU STAYED HERE IN NY AND NOT MOVED OFF TO LA OR OVERSEAS?
I feel so grateful to live the sort of life that enables me to see so much of the world, but New York is home, and will always be the place I come back to. It's the center of the universe, really, and it consistently challenges me to be better in every way. 

OKAY, SPILL IT.  WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOUTIQUE IN NY?
Love Adorned. It's the most perfectly curated shop I've ever been to. It combines traveled collectibles, wearable accessories and home items in such a chic way, as well as touches upon the shamanic with dried sages and spiritual woods, all without pretentiousness. I could live in that store if they'd let me. 

WHAT IS A FAVORITE ITEM THAT YOU OWN AND WHY?
I hate relegating my dog to an owned item, but he's my favorite thing in the world. He's my calm when I lose it. He's just a funny, bouncy Boston Terrier who, I swear, thinks he's human. 

WE KNOW NY CAN BE UBER STRESSFUL. WHERE DO YOU GO TO UNWIND IN THE CITY?  DO YOU HAVE A FAVE BAR AND COCKTAIL? 
Ha, to unwind I leave NY. Not that NY is the source of any unrest I need to escape, but sometimes it takes distance to truly turn off. My favorite bar is any one where I share a good drink and a laugh with friends. Drink of choice? A dirty martini, or straight bourbon. 

WHAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AS A STYLIST?
Trusting my instincts. It's amazing how easy it was to second guess myself when I was younger. Now I stand by my ideas, even when ahead of the curve, or slightly off center. I obsess over aesthetics and culture, so am confident enough in my research to argue my viewpoint. Ah, do my fellow editors love me for that... 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM SHOOT OR COLLABORATION?
I'm working to make a couple of those happen for Man of the World currently, so I'll keep mum in order to not let the cat out of the bag.



—by Lorna Umphrey


Photos:  Courtesy of Jed Root; Style Profile The Sartorialist

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