The NFL star’s tailor reveals his fashion secrets
When on the field, NFL stars don’t have many options when it comes to making a fashion statement. But when playtime is over, their style is more eclectic.
And Tom Marchitelli is the tailor hundreds of athletes turn to to find the fit that’s right for them.
Marchitelli, the founder of Gentleman’s Playbook, has made thousands of custom suits for professional athletes, including 210 NFL players.
His unique style, from traditional colors to stunning designs like Joe Burrow’s black and white tiger stripe suit he wore to last year’s Super Bowl, has made him in high demand.
“I push the envelope because I know my guys have the personality and guts to do the loudest, because I truly believe no matter how bold the print can be pulled off when it’s perfectly adapted,” Marchitelli said. ABC News.
The tailor started out as a hedge fund accountant, but taught himself how to make suits after catching the fashion bug.
“I always wanted to be in a bespoke suit,” he said. “I just fell in love with the process of seeing these elaborate prints in these vibrant colors that I myself knew no one else was wearing.”
Eventually, Marchitelli began creating her own costumes and showing them off on social media. His work caught the eye of many interested clients, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
The two had met years earlier and he had become a regular customer. Marchitelli made a specialty suit for Prescott for the 2020 NFL Honors awards that he called a favorite among the suits he made.
“Because of the color, because of the way he wore it, because of the location – we were in Miami – everything was perfect,” Marchitelli said.
He said he partners with a Los Angeles-area company to have each suit custom-made with pinpoint precision. Marchitelli added that he personally interacts with every customer, including big-name athletes like Rob Gronkowski, for whom Marchitelli created a costume for a Super Bowl within 24 hours.
New York Giants lineman Ben Bredeson recently ordered a suit from Marchitelli and said he was impressed with the fit.
“I saw his logo in the locker room and everything was great,” Bredeson told ABC News. “I wanted something that I could wear many times, different events and obviously for games.”
Marchitelli said he was already setting up quick turnovers throughout the playoffs.
“I have about 72 hours to execute each of these plans because whoever wins this weekend, I can start preparing ideas,” he said.