Church music poured out, when a lady, which turned out to be the daughter of the maestro, opened the door. The music created a devout atmosphere. It also made an impact seeing a calm Pasquale Maugeri seated in a wheel chair in a beautiful apartment, which constitutes the workshop.
Mr Maugeri embodies the old story of a boy from a humble background starting out in tailoring at an early age. He was born in 1939 in Gioia Tauro, a small town near Reggio Calabria in the deep South of Italy. Eight years old he began working for a tailor, and he has, in reality, been working with needle and thread ever since.
In 1957, when he was 18 years old , he moved to Turin, where he took up jobs at the best tailors in town . In 1965, he created his own firm, Sartoria Maugeri, in one of Turin’s most prestigious streets.
Having spent most of his life in Nothern Italy, Mr Maugeri cuts a relatively clean and defined shoulder. That said there seems to be traces of southern style in his tailoring. Shoulders on Maugeri’s jackets and coats hanging in the sartoria were completely unpadded, and jacket fronts open and lapels rounded in a way that reminded me of jackets of the South.
Pasquale Maugeri has a staff of four-five people. Two gentlemen were moulding jacket parts and interlining, when I was there. They must have carried out the job for ages. Still, they were focused. They were present in the work.
Turin tailor Pasquale Maugeri is true tailoring indeed. You will have a hard time finding it more authentic, if you that is what you like.
After coming home, Francesco, Pasquale Maugeri’s son, has forwarded this older photo of his father.
Source: The Journal of Style