Russian Fashion Designer Tigorico: Clothier to the Oligarchs
Is Russian Craftsmanship Coming to the US? Ask Tigorico.
Throughout time, Russia has been known for its exquisite craftsmanship. It is where Fabergé created his Imperial eggs, where Tchaikovsky created his score for the Nutcracker Ballet, and where Leo Tolstoy wrote his famous novels, such as War and Peace. It is also the home of the world-renowned Bolshoi ballet theatre, which is arguably the most beautiful theatre in the world with the world’s best ballet performers.
Tigorico continues this tradition of artisanship and excellence in clothing design. Tigorico is known throughout Russia as “The Clothier of the Oligarchs” and is called upon to make suits for some of the world’s most prominent and richest people. I saw some of his work in Palm Beach, where he made his first suit for an American. In briefly examining the suit, I could tell the craftsmanship was exquisite, and no detail was overlooked.
President Putin and most of the other highest ranking government officials and top-level oligarchs have their tailored clothing made by Russian brand Tigorico. The head designer travels to New Zealand to select raw wools from the flock of Black Forest Merino and Escorial sheep. He then sends them off to the top weavers in England and Italy to be turned into the finest wool cloth.
A Mysterious Brand
Tigorico is a brand shrouded in mystery because of the clientele. Only the most informed in the fashion industry know his first name is Tigran and that, before opening up his own by-appointment-only shop in Moscow, he trained at some of the top fashion houses in the world, including Alexander Amosu's bespoke division. Instead, he is simply referred to as Дизайнер для олигархов, or "Designer to the Oligarchs" for his exquisite work and attention to detail.
His prices for a suit with English or Italian Super 150 and better starts at about 145,000 p. (Russian Rubles), and his prices for Escorial wool can be much higher. Before the collapse of the Ruble, this was about $5,000 USD.
Tigorico only sells to connected, select clients, and money is not of concern. Because Tigran and a small team of people are the only ones performing the work, he can be as selective as he wants to be. And selective he is; he has rejected offers from several European royal dignitaries that have called upon him for his services. If you own a Tigorico, the point is not that you have the money to wear one of his suits, but that you are connected enough for him to make the suit for you in the first place.
The First Tigorico Suit in the United States
To date, Tigorico has 500+ suits to his credit, all of them for Russian imperials and oligarchs—except for one suit he commissioned for his friend, an American named John Dougan, who I am told had been trying to convince Tigran to bring the line to the United States. The suit created is one of Tigorico's more modern, fun designs, and, at the age of 29, he probably found it to be a nice departure from making so many classic, conservative suits for the heads of the former Iron Curtain.
It is not yet known if he is considering an endeavor in the US, but an inside source says he would not have commissioned the suit for Dougan if he wasn't planning on doing so. With the plummeting value of the Russian ruble, it would make perfect sense for him to branch out of Russia and into America.