- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Orlando Consalvi, a tailor who began learning his craft in Italy when he was 6 and went on to make suits for Colonel Sanders, died May 15 of colon cancer at his home. He was 87.

Aside from making clothes for the well-heeled, Mr. Consalvi also ran a “suit club” that allowed customers to buy $150 suits by making $3 installment payments each week.

He owned and operated Consalvi Tailor in Lexington for a half-century. He showed his customers fabrics and styles in their offices and took their measurements, then delivered them and made alterations when they were finished. Among the clothes he made were the white suits that fried chicken icon Colonel Sanders made famous.

Mr. Consalvi was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., but his family moved to Italy when he was a boy. He and his brother, Alberto, returned to the United States in 1937, and Mr. Consalvi worked in tailoring shops in Lexington before joining the Army during World War II.

He opened his own shop in the mid-1950s and retired in 2005 when he lost the ability to thread a needle.

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