Peter's TailoringOld World Values
In the Beginning
The story of Peter’s tailoring began in a small town in Italy. From the time they were little girls in their native town of Avellino in the Campania region of southern Italy, sisters Henrietta and Tina were already playing their mother’s sewing machine like a musician plays a fine violin. After working for some of the most celebrated Milan fashion houses, the sisters emigrated to America, eventually settling in the Boston area. In 1982, Henrietta formed Cameo Sportswear which, at its height, employed eighty-four people and listed among its clients the MBTA for whom they manufactured all the agency’s uniforms.
The aftermath of 9/11 took a financial toll on the business and Henrietta was eventually forced to sell. Undaunted, Henrietta and Tina looked for another opportunity. After exploring countless possibilities, they bought an existing business in Swampscott and in 2004 the sisters were back in business doing what they loved as the new owners of Peter’s Custom Tailoring.
Fate Deals Another Blow
In the early morning hours of March 2, 2011, a raging fire consumed six businesses housed in the building at 128-140 Humphrey Street. Peter’s Tailoring was destroyed. Here is what Henrietta told the Swampscott Reporter while the flattened remains of her shop were still smoldering:
“We plan to stay. We love this town,” said Henrietta Ricciardelli, owner of Peter’s Custom Tailoring. “People have really supported us over the years… and everyone is trying to make us reopen.”
And reopen they did. In less than 30 days after the fire destroyed the business, they reopened their doors just down the road from the old location on Humphrey Street.
Now you know the rest of the story.