Nicholas Valentine

Nicholas Valentine, Fashion Buying and Merchandising '70, owns Broadway Tailors in Newburgh, New York, founded by his uncle circa 1950. He and his four employees do alterations, rent and sell tuxedoes, and sell custom suits and shirts. He also teaches sewing to the local workforce, as the area recently welcomed three factories that moved from New York City. Due to the dwindling number of tailors in the area, his customers drive up to an hour for his services, but he is confident that the profession will survive. “A machine can sew a buttonhole or set a pocket,” he says, “but when it comes to a wedding gown, someone needs to do the alterations by hand.”