by Peg DeGrassa
Filitalia International will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gabriele D'Annunzio of D & B Tailors in Newtown Square on September 25 at the Overbrook Country Club. No one seems to be more "well suited" to receive the prestigious award than D'Annunzio, who is celebrating his fiftieth year in the custom clothier business.
The seed for his success was born long ago in the hills of the Abruzzo region of Italy. Young Gabriele raised silkworms grown in mulberry trees and transported them in boxes via horse-drawn cart to sell to local women, who spun silk for local tailors to use. As a youngster, he also absorbed the talent, skills and work ethic demonstrated by his father, John, a master tailor, and his mother, Ines, a professional seamstress, as well as his paternal uncle who was a custom shoemaker.