By Sally Deering
How many people can say Frank Sinatraâ€™s mother brought them into the world? Born in Hoboken under the watchful eye of midwife Dolly Sinatra (she was a neighbor), Al Certo was raised in Hoboken where he dreamed of being a dancer but, instead, built two careers as a professional boxer and menâ€™s tailor, Certo weaved back and forth between those two worlds until he eventually hung up his gloves and threw himself into herringbones and tweeds.
Â Certoâ€™s Custom Tailors has thrived in Secaucus for more than 50 years. Back in the day Certoâ€™s shop was two floors with eight tailors handling the orders; today, the top floor is now a pizzeria and Harsh Khindri who has been with Certo for 15 years handles most of the work.
Â â€œHeâ€™s one of the greatest tailors I ever met,â€ Certo says. â€œHe has gold in his hands.â€
Certoâ€™s tailor shop is filled with sewing machines and along several walls are rows of hangers with yards of fabrics like cashmere, wools and cottons. Above the hangers is a line-up of photographs mostly of famous boxers who Certo knew from his years in the ring. Sometimes they came to Certoâ€™s shop to talk boxing and sometimes they picked out a suit. Thatâ€™s what boxing legend Muhammad Ali did. Continue reading Tweed Suits and Golden Gloves-Former Boxing Champ Al Certo on Choosing the Right Weave