Client Stories:

A Modern Man's Wardrobe in Albany

client: Ralph Simeone

location: Albany, NY

design consultant: Michelle Mangini

A Modern Man's Wardrobe in Albany
California Closets Michelle Mangini Client Story Mens Shoes and Shirts
Local Client Story: His Closet- Michelle Mangini, Albany New York

What He Wanted


During a scheduled bathroom renovation, Ralph Simeone realized it was a good time to also update his master closet. His current space lacked organization and did not allow him to optimize the storage options he needed for his clothing, shoes and accessories. Eager to invest in a custom design that would successfully support his wardrobe and day-to-day routine, Ralph enlisted the help of California Closets Albany, working with design consultant Michelle Mangini to come up with the perfect solution— a sophisticated walk-in closet with the right balance of function and masculine style.

Michelle was great to work with and very attentive during installation. The closet turned out amazing!!

Ralph Simeone
California Closets Michelle Mangini Client Story Closet Full with window

How we did it

Michelle problem-solved around several existing design challenges, including angled ceilings and an attic access panel that needed to be moved. Her smart design incorporated lighting, a mix of materials, and a balance of open and closed shelving to give the entire space a fresh and orderly feel. Additionally, she created designated areas for Ralph’s clothing and display cases where he could showcase and appreciate his collections of hats, shoes, and accessories.

final result

Michelle’s modern design optimized the entire room’s storage potential, eliminating Ralph’s clutter with an organizational system that can finally accommodate his wardrobe.

Photo Credits:Michelle Mangini

Design Details


Tesoro™ Cappuccino

Tesoro Corsican Weave

Tesoro Linen

Hardware & Accessories:

Matte aluminum fluted hanging poles

Brushed silver and black decorative hardware

Angled shelves with shoe fences

Pull-out tie rack

Pull-out shelf

Pull-out divided drawer

Pull-out deep divided fabric baskets


5-piece Miter Shaker doors and drawer fronts with clear or Celsius glass inserts

Slab drawer fronts

Decorative fascia

LED ribbon lighting

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