The art of personal style made an early impression on Michael Cioffoletti. He watched closely every evening as his father carefully chose suit and tie combinations for work the next day, always including cufflinks, the right tie bar and a crisply folded pocket square from his collection. Many afternoons were spent watching and helping behind the scenes at the women's boutique where his mother worked as a salesperson, buyer and fashion show producer. Later, he accompanied the store owner and his mother on buying trips and assisted with fashion shows. Throughout college, he maintained a sales and visual merchandising position at the fancy, local clothier where he learned and practiced the finer points of men's tailoring and client relations.
After a long stretch of high level management, buying and visual merchandising positions with specialty retailers including Gap, Anthropologie, Todd Oldham, American Rag and Fred Segal, Michael began assisting industry stylists and chose a new direction. He built relationships with designers and PR firms while continuing to style his own stories for local publications including the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Michael spent several years as GQ Magazine's West Coast sittings assistant under Creative Director Jim Moore and Fashion Director Madeline Weeks, before signing with Celestine Agency. He joined his agents in a move to Art Department Agency in 2015. He continues to enjoy a creative working relationship with GQ and also maintains a group of personal shopping clients.
Photographers he has worked with include Art Streiber, Rocky Schenk, Mark Seliger, Martin Schoeller, Peter Hapak, Jeff Lipsky, Peggy Sirota, Jill Greenberg, Ture Lilligraven, Susan Anderson and Ian Morrison. His diverse advertising clients include Conde Nast, Roxy, Levi's, Square, Smartwater and Florsheim. Editorial clients include GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair and Wallpaper. He continues to be inspired by his varied personal and professional relationships in Los Angeles including influential editors, retailers, designers, manufacturers and costume houses.