Good Life: Model Citizen: Raymond Partito, 72


Who: Custom tailor extraordinaire, crafting suits from scratch in everything from worsted wool to silk for high-profile clients like Sylvester Stallone and power attorney Jimmy Binns.

His lucky break: At age seven, Partito was playing outside a tailor shop in Casteltermini, Italy, when the owner offered him an apprenticeship.

How he wound up here: In 1967, after he won the prestigious Fondazione Maestrelli gold medal for tailor work, a friend in Philly helped him secure a contract here, and he moved “for adventure.” Ten years later, Partito opened his own shop at 1315 Walnut.

How quickly he can make a suit: Less than two weeks.

How long his handiwork can last: “Some clients have had suits for 15 or 20 years.”

Proof he would cringe at Philly’s newest title — “Sweatpants capital of the U.S.”: “Philadelphians are too casual. In a suit, you look elegant, powerful, and in good taste.”

By appointment only. 1845 Walnut Street, suite 653, 215-563-8377.

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