Inside The Wardrobes Of The Rich And Famous With A Closet Designer-To-The-Stars

Melanie Fascitelli, the president and creative director at Clos-ette.

Photo: Douglas Holt Photography

In the homes of the rich and famous, the most expensive items can often be found in the closet.Those $800 pairs of shoes, designer dresses and family heirlooms need to be stored somewhere, and one designer, Melanie Fascitelli, is taking closet design to a whole new level.

Fascitelli, founder and president of Clos-ette, started the company 10 years ago after leaving the fashion industry.

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Her celebrity clientele has included Jay-Z and Beyonce, Drew Barrymore, Phil Collins, Liv Tyler, Julianna Margulies and Sting, among others, and she has outfitted wardrobes everywhere from New York to Hong Kong to Saudi-Arabia.

“In the past few years I’ve seen closets get bigger and bigger,” Fascitelli said. “Some of the most valuable contents in a home are in the closet, and people want the proper display and security for those items.”

Fascitelli, who also serves as the creative director for Clos-ette, sits down with the clients and sorts through what they actually wear, what they need to store and display.

The most important feature of a closet is that it is easy to navigate and to access all the contents within.

Depending on size, the finishes on the wood and details the closets can range from $25,000 to “sky’s the limit,” Fascitelli said. The most expensive closet Clos-ette has made was $3.5 million.

Projects can last from six months to several years, since each closet is custom-made from real wood, Fascitelli said.

Each closet is designed to fit the client’s custom needs, so if they have suits, boots or excessive amounts of handbags, the closet will provide proper storage for that.

customised interiors may include safes for displaying jewelry, dressing areas, or ottomans with storage space. The client can choose the finish of the wood, and the colours.

In an effort to expand the brand, Clos-ette launched Clos-ette Too, a closet accessory and jewelry line that features space-saving hangers, jewelry cases, scented folding boards for sweaters, shelf dividers and other accessories to make storage functional.

Clos-ette created the accessory brand to make its well-designed luxury closets accessible to an average customer. The hangers sell for $14 for a pack of 10. The accessories can be purchased on the company’s website, and in November will be available at Neiman Marcus.

“I love the reveal, when the client is happy and giddy,” Fascitelli said. “A closet is the first place people move into when they come to a new home. It’s a very important spot.”

Inside one of Clos-ette's closets in a home on centre Island, Wash.

There's lots of storage to keep everything organised

All clothing should be organised by colour, Fascitelli says

Floor-to-ceiling shoe racks make every pair of flip-flops easy to find

A closet in a home in Watermill, NY

Storage is very important to Clos-ette. Check out all the hidden space within this ottoman

Jewelry should be stored somewhere safe, but where an owner can see it--otherwise she'll forget to wear it, according to Fascitelli

Sweaters should be folded and not hung, advises Fascitelli

This closet even has a separate spot for hats

With a closet like this, who needs a bedroom?

Fascitelli says that clothes should be hung by category; skirts, pants, etc.

And no wire hangers, of course

A heavy-dury safe for expensive jewelry

Many of the closets also have custom lighting

In this closet, a ladder allows for storage near the ceiling

This closet is built for a man with many suits

There's plenty of room for long hanging dresses in this closet

Another way to store shoes

One of Clos-ette's accessories is a scented folding board for sweaters

A must-have for any fashionista? Space-saving hangers

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