It looks like I'm between Raphael, Nicolosi and Oxxford MTM and Darren's next NY visit (March) - not sure which to chose at this point but I'm open to any others - never heard anything about Peppino. Actually having Joe Centofanti (Philadelphia legend - he's now in his 80s) working on one for me now - I've been very pleased with his attention to detail and styling thus far - first fitting). Thanks.
Cpal---I'd be interested in your feedback about Mr. Centofanti's suit. I spoke with him a few times and even came close to taking Amtrak from Penn Sta., NYC, to Ardmore, but then thought it might be too much of a hassle what with fittings and all. Still, I'd like to know how he does. I recall him telling me his house style is an English walking suit.
I grew up 1/2 mile a way from Mr Centofanti. My mother had him make a suit 15 years ago from fabric that I gave her. She was quite pleased. I thought he had pretty much retired and given the business to the daughter who uses Indiviualized to make the shirts. I would have assumed that they were using either English-American or H. FreemanTo make the clothing. I am not quite sure why no one here mentions Nino Corvato. He is in the Same building as Nicolosi. I can no longer afford Nino. I once watched one of his tailors hand stitch down the long seams on a 7oz super 1??'s suit. this was so the suit would not pucker in humidity or pressing. Savatore Ragusa is also in that building. Sal is also up in years, but he does turn out a beautiful garment.
He (Centofanti) has three other tailors (all 70+) that work in his shop. His daughter does some shirt business but his primary clients are long-term customers who have been with him for 20 years+. From what I can tell, everything (except shirts) is still done entirely in his shop - I have stopped in at various points and seen him cutting/working on my suit. I've been very pleased with him so far but am looking elsewhere for someone who can work with me for years to come.