The Best Men’s Tailor in Bergen County, NJ
The superior European tailoring and luxury menswear available at Sal Lauretta for Men is known throughout the Bergen County area in New Jersey, but the story behind the store traces three generations back all the way to the shores of Sicily.
Growing up in Vittoria, Sicily, Sal Lauretta learned the tricks of the men’s tailoring trade from his father Raffaele. He learned how to differentiate between quality material and cheaper cloth, and what nuances of fitting make the cut of a jacket perfect. He learned how the seemingly tiniest of details can affect the entire outcome of a piece of clothing. Little did Sal and his father know then that the art of this classic European tailoring style would be their ticket to success in a new land.
Salvatore and Raffaele, circa 1975
Sal and Raffaele
leave for America
The store opens in
Midland Park, NJ
Sal’s son Ralph
Ralph takes over
as manager of SL
First Behind the
Seams is held
SL celebrates 40
years in business
Modern Looks, Traditional Craftsmanship
Sal and Raffaele left Sicily for America in 1962 and opened up the first version of the store in 1974. Today, Sal Lauretta for Men has expanded to be widely known as northern New Jersey’s premiere specialty menswear shop and tailor. The same artisan tailoring techniques learned in Vittoria so many years ago continue to this day, evident in every piece of made-to-measure clothing created.
Although many cultural and fashion trends have changed, the need for superbly fitting garments stays the same. Sal Lauretta for Men continues to deliver on the excellence in men’s tailoring started by Sal’s father. In line with the tradition of delivering quality and experience, all of the designer menswear brands now offered at Sal Lauretta for Men are selected with the utmost care, ensuring that customers will be able to keep classic elements of style while staying fresh and ahead of the style curve no matter what they choose.
In addition to being renowned as an outstanding men’s tailor and having superb menswear options, Sal Lauretta for Men has also developed a reputation for its exquisite, personable service. This is largely due to the tight-knit, family-oriented staff of five sales associates and two tailors. Sal now owns and runs Sal Lauretta for Men with his son Ralph.
This marks the continuation of creating and selling top-of-the-line menswear and tailoring from father to son, now serving a new generation. Keeping traditions alive is of the ultimate importance, with standards of craftsmanship and service always upheld to the highest of standards.
Sal Lauretta for Men offers the best tailoring services in northern New Jersey and is the destination specialty menswear store.
Salvatore and Raffaele, circa 1975
Young Raphael in the store, circa 1981
“I am always getting compliments on my wardrobe. I have Sal Lauretta for Men to thank for that.”
~ Mike Thompson, Midland Park
In the Community
Family is one of the fundamental aspects of Sal Lauretta for Men, and that doesn’t just mean those related by blood. Sal Lauretta for Men extends the idea of family outside traditional boundaries to encompass and embrace its entire community. Giving back to people and programs in Bergen County, and the rest of New Jersey has made Sal Lauretta for Men almost as well known for its philanthropic endeavors as its luxury clothing. Continuing to find ways to help better the lives of people in the area, Sal Lauretta for Men has been a leader in charitable work in the community for many years now.
One avenue that the store uses to give back is, of course, through fashion. Affectionately stating that its “putting the clothes to work here at home,” Sal Lauretta for Men frequently donates clothing to a variety of fundraising fashion events; like 2009′s Designer Show House to benefit the Hackensack University Medical Center. The Designer Show House featured donated Sal Lauretta for Men items.
Sal Lauretta for Men also gives back through various sponsorships, including a men’s fashion show that raised funds for the Bergen County Community Action Partnership. Sal Lauretta even hosted a “Movember” event, and also made generous donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and in support of Jewish Family Services.
Sal Lauretta for Men’s annual fundraisers for New Jersey education and the Midland Park and Franklin Lakes schools help grow awareness year-to-year. Making sure to stay continuously involved in the community and finding ways to support through fashion makes Sal Lauretta for Men a much appreciated aspect of the Bergen County area.
Perhaps Ralph Lauretta says it best when talking about the charitable side of Sal Lauretta for Men: “We always want to give back. We prefer to do it locally so we can feel the impact and see the effect.”
Where Fashion Meets Fundraising
Perhaps one of the most memorable ways that Sal Lauretta for Men fashionably gives back is the annual “Behind the Seams” event. Behind the Seams is an extravagant runway show highlighting high fashion in support of Eva’s Village, a non-profit that provides a multitude of social service programs to the less fortunate including shelter, food, substance abuse counseling and treatment, primary medical and dental care and transitional housing opportunities.
Each year the Behind the Seams event showcases the Sal Lauretta for Men Spring/Summer lines that can be purchased at the store, with the proceeds from the event going to Eva’s Village.
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“Customers keep coming back for two reasons: service and tailoring…Oh, did I forget to mention amazing clothing? ”
~ Ralph Lauretta