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AMERICA'S FINEST SEWERS & DESIGNERS

Everyone starts somewhere, and a lot of hard work comes with the territory. But what's next? We met up with some inspiring customers to hear their stories.

Watch their videos or read their interviews to learn what keeps them motivated and driven to offer top-notch craftsmanship.

Millie Hiibel Opera Philadelphia

MILLIE HIIBEL / OPERA PHILADELPHIA

Millie is the costume director for Opera Philadelphia and oversees teams of drapers and stitchers who design the outfits for the productions. The draping team consists of the draper/pattern maker, first hand/stitcher and often an additional stitcher. Teams are anywhere from a two to four-person team and sometimes more.

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The Giliberto Family Owners of Giliberto Designs

THE GILIBERTO FAMILY / GILIBERTO DESIGNS

The Giliberto’s are only 1 of 3 men’s suit manufacturers left in NYC. They meticulously oversee all of the details and are heavily involved in Broadway costuming and the entertainment industry. They have worked on over 150 shows over the last 15 years.

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Khavya Khandavalli, Student, School of Fashion Design Boston

Khavya Khandavalli / School of Fashion Design, Boston

Khavya is from India where she started her collection of silk and embroidered fabrics and where her desire to be a designer started. She moved to Boston and attends the School of Fashion Design where she learns technique and has the opportunity to work on special projects for local museums and other organizations

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Dana Katz and Gosha Gregory Miltons

Dana Katz and Gosha Gregory / Miltons – The Store For Men

Dana’s grandfather and father started a small specialty store in 1947 and Gosha, a third-generation tailor, joined in 2000. Together they work with their customers to achieve the perfect fit. They are excited about the technological advancement of fabrics being developed that focus on comfort and lifestyle.

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Victoira Aviles Bridge Cleaners & Tailors

VICTORIA AVILES / BRIDGE CLEANERS & TAILORS

Victoria’s favorite part of the tailoring business is to be able to transform something that does not fit into something that is done to perfection. A customer who is happy with how they feel and how they look is her reward.

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 Bill Mitchell Owner Billiam Jeans

BILL MITCHELL / BILLIAM JEANS

Bill had amassed a waiting list of 400 people while making jeans in his parents’ basement. At their current pace, they have a two-week turnaround – they fit the customer, allow them to select materials and begin producing the product.

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The Nasserbakht Family, Owners, The Hop

THE NASSERBAKHT FAMILY / THE HOP

This family has been making custom shirts for over 100 years and growing up in a tailor shop provided a respect for well made things. They have survived by making traditional dress shirts but incorporating more casual shirts geared towards the younger generation.

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Carmen Bucco Owner Bucco Couture

Carmen Bucco / Bucco Couture

Carmen saw the need to be accessible to his clients. That innovation led to him purchasing a vehicle and creating a men’s store on wheels. This venture not only sells suits and shirts but accessories as well to a 100-mile radius.

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John Kristiansen New York

John Kristiansen / John Kristiansen New York, Inc.

John runs a custom costume shop serving the entertainment industry. He takes pride on being willing to try new things, take risks and find innovative approaches to building costumes.

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Ben Sidden Alteration Specialists

Ben Sidden / Alteration Specialists

Ben grew up in a family of dressmakers and tailors. He has honed his craft, and now focuses on being a people person – to take care of them the best way he knows how so that they feel right at home. Always around a sewing machine, he keeps pushing himself to be the best at what he does.

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Unshattered Hand-crafted Bags

Unshattered

Kelly left her career in IT to found the non-profit, Unshattered, which creates employment for women who are winning their battle against addiction. Bags and accessories are handcrafted from repurposed materials. Your purchase ends the relapse cycle by providing pathways toward sustained sobriety and economic independence.

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Nick Duvall Founder Duvall Leatherwork

Nick Duvall / Duvall Leatherwork

In 2005, Nick founded Duvall Leatherwork from the basement of his house after realizing that his college degree and profession didn't align with his passions. After 14 and a half years, he now employs 7 people and operates a 4,000 sq. ft. workshop complete with retail area.

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Melinda Ladyzinski Owner Elizabeth Johns Bridal

Melinda Ladyzinski / ELIZABETH JOHNS

Elizabeth Johns opened in 2012 after Melinda saw first-hand that there was a void to fill when she was shopping for her daughter's wedding dress. Their bridal stores located in NJ and PA offer unforgettable experiences to brides and their families. As a result, over 80% of their customers are referrals.

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Ilya Fatakov Arel Studio

ILYA FATAKOV / AREL STUDIO

In the last few years, Arel Studio has expanded from being a theatrical company to a go-to for movies and films. Their loyal customers come back to them year after year thanks to their ability to react and adjust to an ever-changing industry.

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David Burdick, Costume Director, Baltimore Center Stage Costume Shop

DAVID BURDICK / BALTIMORE CENTER STAGE COSTUME SHOP

David Burdick, Costume Director at Baltimore Center Stage Costume Shop, has done every job in the shop at one time or another, from stitching to draping, dyeing, craftwork, millinery and working backstage as a dresser. His advice to the next generation of designers? "Have a foundation in construction and fit... The more you know, the more successful your designs will be realized."

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Abigail Asante, Owner and Head Tailor at Devine Sewing & Fabrics

ABIGAIL ASANTE / DEVINE SEWING & FABRICS

It took Abigail Asante, Owner and Head Tailor at Devine Sewing & Fabrics, awhile to find her passion for sewing. "My husband bought me my first sewing machine over 30 years ago, and it sat there for about 8 years before I ever used it... I would buy clothes from the thrift store, take them apart and try to put them back together. It helped me become the seamstress I am today."

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Louise Heisey, Owner, Seamworks

LOUISE HEISEY / SEAMWORKS

Louise founded Seamworks in 2006, after many years working in theater sewing costumes and draperies. She considers herself a fabric engineer. Many of the projects Seamworks undertakes are industrial, and incorporate heavy webbing and hardware for backstage and technical use.

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Vongie Newman, Owner & Head Seamstress, Sew More Couture

VONGIE NEWMAN / SEW MORE COUTURE

We asked Vongie Newman what makes her business, Sew More Couture, different than others. She said that she's been told by clients that it's how personable they are. By taking the time to listen, and be brutally honest, their clients get what they want and look good, too. Another thing that sets them apart, "We take on projects no one wants to do."

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Sall-Stearns

NICHOLAS SCIALDONE / SALL-STEARNS

Nicholas Scialdone of Sall-Stearns has been training, doing apprenticeships, and working as a tailor for 66 years. He is most proud of his work and the appreciation shown to him by his many returning customers. His advice, "Listen to your customer and be willing to do what is best."

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