About Us

ABOUT US HEADER PIC
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DAVIDE COTUGNO (Da•vi•day)

President & Owner

Born in Italy and educated in England, Davide grew up learning the art of tailoring from a true Master Tailor, his father Giuseppe. In 1974, fresh out of school, Davide joined Hepworth’s Tailors of Leeds, England winning numerous design, sales & management awards while managing six retail shops throughout the British Isles.

After moving to the United States he pioneered a new concept in custom clothing by visiting professionals at their place of business to plan out their seasonal wardrobes. His intimate knowledge of both English and Italian styling and fabric technology brought a new edge to traditional American clothing.

With the opening his first store in 1997, Davide’s handpicked product lines had a home to be showcased and today is a welcome refuge for clients to relax and enjoy an espresso while selecting unique items that fit their personality.

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GIUSEPPE “Joe” COTUGNO

Head Master Tailor

Giuseppe “Joe” Cotugno, began his tailoring apprenticeship in Baranello, Italy at the tender age of nine. By age thirteen, he was already making bench made suits and at age eighteen had a full staff of accomplished young tailors (see “Peppe e compagni”, black and white picture below, third person standing).

Moving to England in 1960, his tailor shop made clothes for some of the major custom tailoring stores in England as well as his own private clientele. He was featured several times in England’s premier trade magazine, The Tailor and Cutter Magazine and won several prestigious national awards for his clothing.

In 1978 he immigrated, with his family, to Cleveland, Ohio to start the next chapter of this tailoring odyssey. Today he oversees all aspects of the tailor shop, personally inspecting each garment to ensure quality and fit.

AWARDS

The Tailor & Cutter Magazine Exhibition Gold Medal for Fine Tailoring | Best Jacket

The Strongbow Trophy | Best Jacket

Coronet Trophy | Best Entry in Jacket Class

The Wain Shiell Trophy | Best Entry of Lightweight Fabric Clothing

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FRANCESCA COTUGNO

Women’s Fashion Director

An accomplished artist and graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, Francesca’s flair for art is reflected in the stylish women’s ready to wear collection that she hand picks each season. Her clients look for her to dress them in clothing that is appropriate for them from business suits to everyday casual outfits. Davide’s wife has been involved in every aspect of the business since the beginning, from buyer to bookkeeper and everything in between. Her invaluable stamp on the business is evident everywhere from the calm showroom décor to the handmade biscotti served to our clients.

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MARISA COTUGNO (Ma•ree•sa)

Creative Fashion Director & COO

Growing up working alongside her grandfather Giuseppe and parents Francesca and Davide, Marisa’s experience goes beyond the 10 years she has been working officially with the company.

With an understanding of the clothing business from the ground up, Marisa brings expertise, along with style and the embodiment of true customer service. 

A Business graduate from Wheeling Jesuit University, Marisa is charged with directing all aspects of company operations including buying, a creative role in all aspects of men’s and women’s custom clothing while maintaining her own growing client base.

Marisa has passed the Elite Certification*

*Elite Certification | Each member of our staff goes through an intensive training program focused on all aspects of measuring, styling and fitting with an emphasis on current styles that are right for you.

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JENNA FURPAHS

Women’s Designer & Tailor

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of The Fashion School of Kent State University, with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and minor in Fine Arts, Jenna is a strong addition to our custom team. With her KSU Senior Collection winning Best In Show – her vision, style and attention to great detail reflects in all of her beautiful work.

Starting with an initial consultation, Jenna designs and constructs each woman’s custom garment from a simple paper pattern to a gorgeous finished product that is every womans’s dream.

In addition to creating women’s custom clothing, Jenna also works closely with Master Tailor, Giuseppe to perfect her craft.