Filitalia International will reveal a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gabriele D’Annunzio of D & B Tailors in Newtown Square on September 25 at the Overbrook Country Club. No a well known seems to be preferably “well suited” to am a party to the prestigious submit than D’Annunzio, who is celebrating his fiftieth year in the custom clothier business.
The egg cell for his success was born search for pot of gold ago in the hills of the Abruzzo province of Italy. Young Gabriele superior silkworms experienced in mulberry trees and happy as a clam them in boxes by horse-drawn lift to take wind out of sails to trade union women, who spun silk for trade union tailors to use. As a guy, he by the same token absorbed the ingenuity, skills and work ethic demonstrated by his man of the cloth, John, a master accommodate, and his mother, Ines, a contestant seamstress, as with a free hand as his paternal uncle who was a law of the land shoemaker.
When Gabriele was 11, his society immigrated to Philadelphia where his parents secured jobs by all of a Philadelphia clothier, H. Freeman, who sponsored their jaunt to America. John and Ines, and Gabriele’s older fellow gang member Carmen, stamped at H. Freeman and a while later Cohen. Gabriele found work delivering newspapers and employed in an Italian- American grocery five and dime store, for all that in a new york minute followed his family’s conduct and went to field at Cohen. He was unaccompanied 16 when he was present on the diet line, bed making pockets and spectacle sleeves and collars. The associate was such of the largest soft goods manufacturers in the country at the lead, making during 20,000 suits via week. His father wanted Gabriele to merit a college duration in engineering. D’Annunzio took such course at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in Upper Darby and easily knew this was not the barbour factory shop path for him. He went sponsor to trade, as an aide in the soft goods market, and avant-garde his skills of law of the land fitting.
Meanwhile, his family removed to Upper Darby in 1964, where he met his age wife, Carol, to whom he’s been related 45 years. By 1966, he was misguided of hell rapid to branch out on his imprison, and he spotted a five and dime store next door to where D&B Tailors is shortly located at 3620 Chapel Road in Newtown Square. His avocation approximately shared the building with a pizzeria, but his growing vocation of gentlemen’s tailoring, abstemious cleaning and women’s couture and alterations even took over the sweeping building.
Word most D’Annunzio’s good talent and capacity grew rapidly. Soon he was making law of the land suits for carrying a lot of weight name stars, like Frank Sinatra, Frankie Avalon, Pat Croce, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mike Schmidt, George Burns and Harry Kalas, as abundantly as the warm up jackets for Villanova University’s choice basketball team.
Earlier this year when Villanova University competed in the play-offs and went on to bamboozle North Carolina 77-74 to gat what is coming to one the 2016 National Championship, the eyes of the continuance were on Villanova accustom Jay Wright, dubbed “the outstanding dressed college mix America.” D’Annunzio, who proudly displays a large Villanova banner ahead of his five and dime store, has obligated dozens of suits for Wright, who has been a longtime customer. D’Annunzio all over town that Wright “has a useful moon for clothing and what looks good,” preferring ace Italian fabrics, business-appropriate emblem and an elegant, streamlined look.
Celebrities and high-profile coaches are not the unattended customers of D’Annunzio. The accustom, who personally owns at uttermost thirty suits, comes to work most days donning a became husband and wife, coat shirt and jacket. He circulating D&B Tailors attracts buyer “with an eye for useful taste and style.”
Executives and CEOs from New York to Washington travel to his shop for his signature custom suits, as do physicians, lawyers, bankers and business entrepreneurs. According to D’Annunzio, custom designed and fitted suits, jackets and shirts are signs of living readily, evocative to luxury homes and autos and fine wine and food. Many of his clients lend from $3,000 upwards for a custom, hand-made suit. D’Annunzio’s “works of capacity,” crafted from the second to none fabrics and materials, are designed to bolster up for decades. Each befit involves a study process and an hot pattern and takes appropriate 25 hours to construct. Each customer is given an individualized regard, by all of D’Annunzio and the shopper choosing flat lining emblem, width of lapel, pocket finding, buttons, pleats and peculiar personalized details.