Instant Obscure Biography: Izzy Gold

izzygold 0 Instant Obscure Biography: Izzy GoldQ: Who is “Izzy Gold”?

A: According to a HELLO MY NAME IS sticker on Izzy Gold’s Web site:

I WAS BORN IN NYC
I’M A ROUGH TOUGH BADASS
BUT…
WASH ME COLD, TUMBLE ME DRY
AND DON’T FORGET
IZZY GOLD KNOWS!!!

Mr. Gold was born in New York and raised both here and in Arezzo, Italy. He designs a line of T-shirts including one that is called Kiss Kiss inspired by a 1996 Patrick McMullan book of the same name. One of Mr. Gold’s dear friends is Ally Hilfiger; in fact one is rarely spotted very far from the other of a New York evening. Ms. Hilfiger guest-designed a special T-shirt for his line and they’ve collaborated on art works that were displayed at the Chelsea Art Museum.

According to his Web site, Mr. Gold is also launching a new clothing line called Beauty, “consisting of dresses, hoodie dresses, and tanks.”

Mr. Gold’s real name is Francesco Civetta, but he goes by Izzy Gold because "Izzy Gold was Rocky Marciano’s boxing promoter,” and he thought it sounded like a “cool name,” he told Women’s Wear Daily. The daily published a piece on Mr. Gold today because it wanted to know if his name had anything to do with GoldBar—where Mr. Gold D.J.’s on Saturday nights and which has gold-leafed ceilings and a gold-plated bar. It doesn’t! He came up with “Izzy Gold” a year and a half before he started working at GoldBar. WWD also reports that he spins for the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Cameron Diaz and John Mayer, whom Mr. Gold told the paper is such a low talker that his requests to the D.J. booth have to be written down.

“You may see Izzy dining at one of Manhattan’s finest Italian restaurants, hustling on the Bowery, spinning music, working on films, or just rocking out with a gaggle of models, celebrities, and/or socialites,” he says of himself on his Web site.