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Adriano Roberti, founder of Adrian Jules, dies

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Rochester Business Journal
August 12, 2013

Adriano Roberti, founder of Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers in Irondequoit and Brighton, died Thursday night surrounded by his family. Mr. Roberti was 81 years old.
“No words can adequately express our sadness at Adriano’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to know and work with him,” said D-D Flannery, publicist for Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers, in a statement, late Friday. “Though he leaves us a few months short of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Adrian Jules Ltd., the impact Adriano made on the bespoke (custom-made) fashion industry will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberti family.”
The master tailor and designer, originally from Brescia, Italy, arrived in the United States and founded Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers in 1964 as a gentlemen’s custom clothier and manufacturer. Mr. Roberti was a graduate of the Scuola Ruggeri di Milano as a master tailor and designer.

Mr. Roberti’s reputation within the fashion industry is a direct result of more than 50 years of his hard work and a strict adherence to quality Italian tailoring to produce the finest custom-tailored clothing available, the company said.
Mr. Roberti was most proud that Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers is one of the few remaining suit makers in America to provide handcrafted, custom-made apparel. Today, under the guidance of Roberti’s sons, Arnald and Peter, the clothier continues to construct one suit at a time incorporating as much handwork as possible into each garment.

The company’s clientele includes business leaders, politicians and entrepreneurs, as well as professional athletes and coaches. Adrian Jules employs 85 people, of which 70 employees are custom tailors.
Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home in Greece is handling funeral services for Mr. Roberti. Details are available at the home’s website.

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