We are incredibly sad to report the loss of one of DDI’s dearest friends, bloggers and fabulous fashion/retail gurus, Ronald Knoth. Ron had been an avid contributor to the Retail Design Diva blog for several years and will be sincerely missed.
In addition to his blogging for the Diva, Ron was also a full-time faculty member at LIM College. In April 2011, Ron served as the keynote speaker for "Fashion Now & Then," and this past summer, his own blog, thebespokenfor.net received the Editor’s Choice Award from blogvill.us and was also named one of the top 10 blogs covering fashion illustration by bloglovin.com. Previously, Ron served as the assistant creative director for Goldsmith LLC and senior case manager for The Floating Hospital in the Bronx.
His memorial service took place Sept. 14 at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 2 p.m.
Below are some thoughts from DDI staffers regarding Ron and his impact on our work.
Ron has been a huge support to me for the past few years that I’ve written for DDI. His humor, wit and grace always gave me the confidence I needed to write from my heart and share the good, bad and otherwise that exists in the retail world. I will miss Ron’s charm, his support and his presence dearly. He has been a huge part of my DDI experience, and I am deeply saddened by this loss. Thank you Ron for everything you did for me, and for being part of my DDI journey.
Ron was easily the most interesting person I've ever met (or probably will ever meet). His contributions to the Retail Design Diva were always clever, offering fresh perspective and a unique view. His gifted storytelling took this blog to a new level, and inspired our readers in a multitude of ways. Ron would always tell it like it is, which made him such a dear friend and contributor of this blog and DDI Magazine. He was always eager to offer a helping hand, and I am ever so thankful for the years that I was blessed to know him, both professionally and personally. His positive outlook and humorous wit were unmatched. In a world full of sameness, he was a true original and will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Thank you Ron for touching our lives and hearts.
As I write this note, I sit in the wee hours of the morning with a glass of sweet wine in hand and smile on my face. Not, most likely, the most appropriate way to go about writing your thoughts on someone's passing…but that is the spirit that fills me as I try to come up with words to enunciate Ron Knoth's untimely and most bereaved death. Ron was the kind of person who treated you as if he had known you your entire life from the moment you first met him. His demeanor was comforting, and his insights into the visual merchandising industry were profound. When I was pregnant and griped of a nauseated appetite, he sent me two bags of tea in the mail–one chocolate and one vanilla–to satiate whatever taste suited me that day. I'll never forget the day our managing editor walked into my office with a box full of buttons (I mean literally…an entire large box full to the brim with multicolored buttons)–a collection sent from Ron because he thought us Atlanta girls needed a token from the Garment District. And every time I passed a store window in New York with Ron in company, he was always first to point out the mundane in a way that made it ever more exciting–the way a mannequin's hand placement was just so or why the color chosen for the scarf was seasonally apropos. He was the kind of man who made life feel easy and delightful, and made the visual industry feel so full of possibilities. To our blogger, our counterpart and above all our dearest friend–Ron, we will miss you endlessly. Stay fabulous, my friend
—Alison Embrey Medina