Michel Kramer-Metraux, a neckwear designer with an encyclopedic knowledge of silk fabrics, died Dec. 4 at his home in Old Greenwich, Conn., after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 75.
Kramer-Metraux was born on April 2, 1940, in Lyon, France. He received his baccalaureate in France and continued his education in textiles in Germany. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 and embarked on a career in the fashion industry.
Over the years, he had his own line of ties under the Michel Cravat label and he also worked for Sulka, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, where he continued to work in the men’s department at the company’s Westchester, N.Y., store until he became too sick, according to his wife Lois Kramer-Metraux. He was also a longtime member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Michel Kramer-Metraux had a lifelong love of sailing and was a member of the Old Greenwich Yacht Club. He also had a special affinity for Shelter Island, N.Y., and shared his love of the island with his family through family gatherings and holidays at their home on Chase Creek.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Olivier and Patrick; stepchildren Kirstin Drabek and C.G. and Erin O’Rielly, and six grandchildren.
Services will be private but the family will hold a celebration of life sometime in the new year, his wife said.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, N.Y., 10001 or to Sylvester Manor, P.O. Box 2029, Shelter Island, N.Y., 11964.