Yigal Azrouël is more than just a designer. As we quickly learned from our shoot with him, he’s also a part-time handyman and all around genuinely amazing guy. As one of our most hands-on Coveteur subjects to date, Azrouël channeled his inner Ty Pennington and got on board full force when we invaded his NYC abode. He was right in there, hammering nails into the walls, moving around heavy-duty furniture and actively playing a role in giving himself the true Coveteur treatment. We love a man that doesn’t mind getting his hand’s dirty, especially one with so much on his design plate. Born and raised in the Holy Land, the self-taught designer launched his eponymous women’s wear label in ’98, which has since expanded into menswear, accessories and even a diffusion line, Cut25. Azrouël’s aesthetic has been applauded and appreciated by all, which led to his induction into the CFDA in 2004 – a role that he continues to be an active participant in. Besides his ultra-feminine silhouettes and signature draping, we appreciate Azrouël’s motives of producing a large portion of the collections locally – a lost-process that we don’t really see nowadays. It’s easy to understand why Dolce & Gabbana personally selected him as one of eight young and emerging designers to be featured at Milan’s Spiga2 store. With an eye for detail and innovation, Azrouël’s creative control extends into the depths of his own closet. “I take my creative eye with me wherever I go and whenever I travel, which is often, I love taking time out to search for new and interesting pieces. I have found things locally, in the surrounding states, but have found most great pieces on my travels to Morocco, Hong Kong and Costa Rica, to name a few places.” His personal collection of vintage finds – a hobby he enjoys doing in his spare time – comes through in his menswear line. And we weren’t surprised to find the majority of his wardrobe stashed away in industrial lockers and filled with pieces from his own collection. Even though it’s been our warmest winter in years, with the temperature dropping we could definitely use some of his chunky knits to cozy up in. Hey, Yigal. Got a few to spare?