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Police Searching For Missing NYC Fashion Designer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A celebrity fashion designer from New York City has gone missing.

Michele Savoia, of the House of Savoia, was last seen early Thursday morning inside Marquee, a club on Tenth Avenue in Manhattan, 1010 WINS reported.

Savoia, also known as "The Tailor," was seen on surveillance video leaving the club alone at around 4 a.m., CBS 2's Don Champion reported. No one has heard from him since.

Now, his friends and family worry his talents could be forever gone.

"I fear the worst, I fear the worst," said Savoia's best friend, Felix Rodriquez.

Rodriquez told Champion he was one of the last people to see the designer at a dinner Wednesday.

The 55-year-old Chelsea resident was featured on CBS 2 just last month in a story about high-end pawn shops.

Savoia explained how he used his motorcycle as collateral so he could buy a boat, which he now lives in.

Savoia missed Valentine's Day plans with his girlfriend, causing Rodriquez to go check for him at the boat. Police were also at the scene, Champion reported.

"Cops this morning, they searched the Hudson River and the port, and they found nothing -- thank God -- but that doesn't mean undercurrents didn't play a part," Rodriquez said.

Police wouldn't say if they're considering foul play in the case, but are asking for the public's assistance in trying to find the designer.

Savoia's online biography says that, in addition to having his own fashion house, he has designed costumes for productions including the most recent revival of "Evita."

Friends told Champion that Savoia was set to start filming a reality show in the coming months, and that it's not like him to just disappear.

Police are urging anyone with information regarding Savoia's whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

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