About Paolo Martorano
Between 2007 and 2017, Paulo worked virtually exclusively in the Bespoke category; first with the legendary Alan Flusser, next at the storied retailer Paul Stuart (where he helped quadruple their made-to-measure and Bespoke operations) then ultimately as the Director of Bespoke and made-to-measure for America at Dunhill. In 2017, at the urging of several customers, he took, by his own admission, the “immense step” of starting his own label.
It’s a bit of an oxymoron: Bespoke tailored clothing – often depicted as the exclusive province of pedigreed, patinated, elder statesmen in foulards and signet rings – is fast becoming a must-have for modern customers of means who want more than athleisure and jeans in their wardrobe. One youthful acolyte is embracing the rigor, heritage and artistry of Savile Row, while also paying homage to the ease and sprezzatura expressed by the best of Italy’s bench made tailoring titans.
Although Paolo’s passion began to form when he was just a child, it is a calling informed by long family heritage in fine tailoring.
Today, Paolo Martorano Bespoke hews to the tradition of “meticulous measurement”, “custom paper pattern” and “basted fitting” protocols that define the very best classic bespoke process, which for generations has been the gold standard of a hand-made garment. In this way, Martorano has earned the respect of international power players looking for unassailable sartorial correctness. At the same time, he has also cultivated a following amongst a new generation of sharp-dressed men, who crave not only the personalization and expertise that signifies the craftmanship, but who also expect a uniquely collaborative experience and a timely delivery schedule.
Martorano’s experience in the custom clothing business in New York means he has been able to successfully access the best individual pattern makers, cutters and master tailors in the city and environs. His deep scholarship of and appreciation for premium quality fabrics and artisanal findings from the world’s finest mills, elevate details such as lapels, facings and buttonholes to architectural-level infrastructure.
And though computer assisted mass-market “custom” clothiers promise a new suit in 14 days, and other bespoke operations pride themselves on protracted timelines, a Paolo Martorano Bespoke garment typically goes from first fitting to final delivery in 12 weeks.
So exacting is Paolo’s commitment to the Paolo Martorano Bespoke process, and so exceptional the result, that no less than Gaziano & Girling, the celebrated and adventurous English bespoke shoemaker (the only shoemaker on Savile Row) invited Martorano to share their new Manhattan showroom space on West 57th Street.
The Atelier: A Permanent Base in New York City
"Our showroom is located at 130 West 57th Street, just east of Carnegie Hall.
…Today the building is perhaps best known as home to some of the city’s finest custom-clothiers. We are proud to share our showroom space with custom shoe-maker Gaziano and Girling, the only footwear brand found on Savile Row."