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I just took a suit and a separate jacket to D&B tailors, and they were excellent. I've had work done at Cappelli's, which is very good as well, and also at Centofanti, which, after the master's death and the apprentice's departure is still apparently being run by one or more relatives. All are old-school types of tailors; in addition to the quality work on display in all three places, Centofanti and D&B have opera music playing in the background.  Centofanti is the one to which I won't return, as after a few good interactions I had a couple of sub-par experiences. (I'm sure that they're still a cut above normal tailors, but I was looking for truly exceptional.) D&B is going to be my regular place.


At D&B, I was first fitted by a very nice older gentleman (not the famed Gabe D'Annunzio), left my clothes there, and departed.  After I had driven a couple of blocks, my cell phone rang. It was one of the women who run the front of the store:  Gabe had just come back, and asked whether I was still close enough to the shop to come back so that he could do the measurements personally. I had the time, so I circled around and came back in. He was incredibly nice. He wanted to meet me and go over the fit since it was my first time in his shop.


Later in the week I called to ask whether they could have the alterations done a day earlier than we had agreed, and Gabe told me that he would get it done.


I picked up the jacket and the suit today, and they look great. Gabe remembered my name and greeted me like a friend-- that never happened at the other establishments-- and came over to see that the fit was right.


And by the way, while it's certainly not cheap, I found D&B's prices to be quite reasonable. We all know that you get what you pay for.


I travel 20-25 minutes to get to D&B, but I know that some customers travel much farther. I can see why.  I'm a professor, so I don't have as much occasion to wear suits (or the wherewithal to afford beautiful ones) as many of the people here, but as much as the next guy I appreciate being treated right.  D&B was a fun experience.

post #47 of 49
I thought I'd bump this by rounding up what I've read here and on Ask Andy about bespoke tailors in the Philly area. Feel free to chime in or correct.

I am leaving the MTM shops like Ernesto's and Enzo's out of this, since they don't do bespoke, and there are lots of complaints on the fora about their MTM and alterations services.

Gabriele D'Annunzio of D&B Tailors in Newtown Square. Alterations, MTM, and bespoke tailoring, as well as bespoke couture for women (I think). Lots of fora reports of good experiences with D'Annunzio's alterations. Coach Jay Wright of Villanova's NCAA champion basketball team wears their semi-bespoke, to much acclaim. D'Annunzio's bespoke is expensive (several thousands for a 2pc suit, including cloth).

John Di Pietro of Di Pietro Custom Tailors on South Broad Street. Bespoke cutter and tailor, MTM shirts. AAAC member MrRogers was using him for bespoke about 8 years ago and was happy.

John Cappelli of Cappelli Custom Tailors in Wayne. Alterations and two-fittings bespoke; possibly also women's couture by John's mother. John may be the only bespoke tailor in the area who's under 55. He took over the business from his dad, who started it in 1964. Several fora reports of good experiences with their alterations; AAAC member The Rambler copped to owning a number of their (bespoke?) garments, and being happy with them.

Armando Barbarino in Cherry Hill, NJ. Not a lot of reported experiences, but an AAAC member reported in 2006 that he'd had two good bespoke suits from them.

Eugene's Tailor Shop, S. 17th Street. Alterations and bespoke tailoring and couture for men and women. Not sure if they do MTM. Women's tailoring and couture seems to be equally important to their business as bespoke men's tailoring. A member of SF and AAAC (Hacking jacket) says he's tried them with good results, but he doesn't think they're as good as what he's gotten from Savile Row.

Domenico Maglio of Domenico's Formal Wear on Frankford Avenue. Offers bespoke and MTM. Can't find any fora reports of experiences.

Thomas Tillman Bespoke of Germantown Avenue. Can't find any fora reports of experiences, but lots of photos of his work here. Excellent website.

Lettieri Brothers Custom Men's Suits on S. Bancroft. Bespoke; can't find any fora reports.

Ermilio Clothiers on 642 Haverford Road in Haverford. Bespoke sporting and riding wear, apparently will also do town clothes. No fora reports of experiences, though AAAC members report having talked with Bob Ermilio, the owner. Katie Ermilio, the daughter, has an affiliated line of couture, but I am not sure that it is bespoke.

Last, but the most controversial: Centofanti Custom Tailors in Ardmore. Many reports from the clothing fora of bad experiences with their alterations, even before the maestro, Joseph Centofanti, basically stopped running the shop. That was probably about eight years ago (he died in 2011, at 93). No reports of bespoke experience post-Joe Centofanti, or since apprentice Joe Genuardi left to become head tailor at Martin Greenfield and then set up his own bespoke shop in Hoboken. It's a pity, since Joseph Centofanti was turning out stuff like this in the 1970s (from Cutter and Tailor forum). (That's Joe Centofanti wearing his own work; note that it is harder to tailor for yourself than somebody else. You can see where the towering reputation came from.)

Feel free to correct or chime in.

(Edited to add Maglio, Tillman, Lettieri, and Ermilio.)
Edited by Testudo_Aubreii - 8/12/16 at 8:53am
post #48 of 49
Any recent experiences with custom tailors in the Philly region? See my post above. Have all the Philly members left the building?
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anyone have any recommendations for good tailors on the Jersey side of Philly?  Just picked up a Brooks Brothers 1818 suit on their 40% off, but don't want to trust it to their house tailors based upon previous experiences...

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