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Italian-born Joseph Piccione apprenticed as a tailor for years in Rome before coming to New York at age 27 and opening his first shop in 1969. Now a rare master craftsman, Piccione exclusively makes custom-tailored suits using top-quality wools imported from England and Italy. His sixth-floor shop is warmed by wooden floors, a large desk, a russet Oriental rug, and a brown leather couch; cream-colored shelves hold pinstriped wools, navy cashmeres, and black cashmere-mink blends, and clients looking for just the right fabric can flip though books of swatches, as well. Finished jackets are displayed on modeling stands, and a few in progress, mapped with white thread, offer an insider’s view of the process. Piccione has a separate dressing room for measuring and fitting his customers, which mainly consist of a longtime, loyal following of businessmen seeking conservatively toned, three-button or double-breasted jackets, handmade and impeccably fit.