Shoppers visiting Antonio Giangrande’s market stall can expect to find ‘top quality’ Italian made clothes – and a warm welcome.
The friendly owner, ‘Tony’, exudes Italian charm and, though he only joined the Bury St Edmunds market two and a half months ago, he is already proving a popular addition.
He sells mostly men’s clothes, though he does also have shirts for women, and everything is 100 per cent Italian made.
His stock includes suit jackets, cotton shirts, suit trousers, leather belts, polo shirts, woollen sweaters, swimming shorts and rain jackets.
“Anything a man needs, I have,” said Tony, who sells factory samples – clothes produced to sell to well-known designers – which are not allowed to be sold in Italy, some of which are made in his uncle’s factory.
“You can’t find what I have,” he said, adding: “They’re five star, top quality.”
The difference, however, is the price, with £50 shirts sold for £10, luxury trousers for £15 and £500 jackets for £40-£70.
“It’s like a normal male boutique but on the market,” said Tony, who personally collects new stock from Italy every 90 days.
The father-of-three, who lives in Earith, Cambridgeshire, also offers a tailor service to ensure that anything his customers buy can be adjusted according to their specifications.
“I have to with this quality,” said Tony, who believes the way a person dresses says a lot about them.
“When a person is well dressed, it’s talking about their education, their cleanliness and about aesthetics – I remember somebody told me years ago, everything is coming though the eyes,” he said.
“Fashion is making people feel younger. It’s an aptitude – in Italy, especially, men look after themselves a lot,” he said.
Tony moved to England 13 years ago and is a former civil engineer who only became a market trader eight months ago.
On what he enjoys most about it, he said: “I love making a lot of friends and having the opportunity to meet new people.”
“People need to trust in the market more because on the market they can find many good things, mine is a good example – I have better quality than many stores,” he added.
Tony’s pitch can be found twice weekly in Bury, opposite WHSmith on Wednesdays and opposite Boots on Saturdays, as well as on markets in Ely, St Ives and Stamford throughout the week.