Fashion Executive Santiago Jim Villa a native of Eagle Pass, Texas passed away on August 16, 2017 at the Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital with his funeral services held Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Burlington, Wisconsin. A public memorial service will be held in his honor on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. on the rooftop at Showroom Seven in New York.
Villa a fashion showroom owner was born in Eagle Pass in 1967 and at the age of 10 years old moved to Burlington with his family. Villa attended the International Academy of Design in Chicago and studied fashion design at the University of Wisconsin at Madison after he graduated high school.
Villa worked in the business for many years until he decided to open up his own company in 2008.
His company went on to represent designer brands such as Plein Sud, Delpozo, Maria Lucia, Hoan, Lana Mueller and Pink Magnolia.
Villa was also the United States Agent and importer of Gaetano Navarra. Herve Leroux, Plein Sud Jeanius, CLASS Roberto Cavalli, Roberta di Camerino, Nigel Preston & Knight, Genny, Mila Schon, Nue 19.04 Paris and AMEN.
Villa is survived by his father, Jimmy, and two brothers, Gabriel and Henry.