What is your vision of tailoring?
For love and following my DNA I have chosen to continue making clothes entirely by hand. I have always wanted to offer my customers a real experience together with the creation of the dress. I don't admit alternatives or shortcuts, my clothes are made with the same techniques that were used hundreds of years ago; only the style of the shapes, lines, or proportions change, adapting to generational changes. But just as in the past, even today to obtain a well-made suit we employ a hundred working hours, all of pure manual skill. Tailoring is a place of creation, where minds and hands create unique and inimitable clothes.
Your workshop offers a great variety of fabrics. Do you choose them personally?
I choose the fabrics personally and meticulously, based on the experience gained over the decades. They must contain all the qualities of excellence necessary to become the image of the style of Casa Peluso.
Who are your clients?
A great part of my clientele is composed of families who for generations have been coming to my tailor's shop bringing their children and grandchildren, but also of many new young people who come to visit us for having seen one of my suits worn by someone. My list of clients also includes politicians and entrepreneurs who bring the real Made in Italy all over the world, through my suits.
Is there a moment that you remember with particular emotion?
Speaking of moments related to my career, I certainly remember with great emotion the Campania Gold Scissors award, in 2008, and the MAM- Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere from the Cologni Foundation in 2020. The first because it was done by and with colleagues of great experience, and sets the moment in which everyone recognizes you as "an excellent tailor".
What does it mean to be a MAM?
Being a MAM is something that goes beyond any competitive thought. You don't have to make the most beautiful jacket or trousers, here you are weighed, evaluated and judged as a craftsman, as a man and as a master. Being a MAM for me means being part of an elite of people who, with devotion and sacrifice, are able to convey emotions directly to the heart and mind of those who admire their creations. Being a MAM is also a responsibility because you are called to transmit what you do to the apprentices who see and follow you.
How do young people live your profession? Do you pass this crafts down to new generations?
Having persevered in carrying on local tailoring traditions sets us as examples for young people who want to follow our path. In my life I have taught this profession to several apprentices, including some from a penitentiary in Naples for juvenile offenders. As an independent artisan, I cannot host many young apprentices, but one of the next projects to be carried out will be precisely to make sure to continue to give the opportunity to learn this noble art, passing on everything I have learned and who knows how much. I will learn more.