6.07.2010

La Sartoria of Saratoga relocating

The steep price of rent on Broadway is driving another downtown business to relocate, even if only across the street.

La Sartoria of Saratoga, the Italian suit and fancy dress mainstay at 506 Broadway, will move a few doors down to 489 Broadway later this year, owners Vincenzo Montesano and Jennie Keleman say.

Montesano said he worried the annual rent increases during their tenure in the Algonquin building would soon hit customers in the pocket.

"The landlord wants New York rent. This is not New York. We’re just trying to save money," said Montesano, a lifelong tailor who moved from Italy to the U.S. in 1973.

"It think it’s going to be better to save on rent so it can flow on to the customers," added Keleman, who owns the ladies’ half of the shop, where special occasion dresses, jewelry and accessories are sold. She also owns the gift and coffee shop at the Saratoga Hilton.

Montesano opened La Sartoria, Italian for "the tailor shop," in the ground floor of the Algonquin in 2002 after establishing the business in Clifton Park a few years earlier. He remodeled the space that had been a coffee shop into the elegant men’s wear and ladies’ wear store that it is today.

It offers custom suits starting at $999, ready-made suits starting at $199 and tailoring, as well as men’s ties, shirts and shoes.

The new location above True Tattoo Studio on the first floor at 489 Broadway offers the same floor space (2,200 square feet) and six customer parking spaces in the back, Montesano said.

Building owners RoseAnn and Sal Cigna, of Dutchess County, completed a major renovation of the two upper floors last year and they’ve been looking for tenants ever since.

While the first floor is currently set up for offices, Montesano said he’ll make cosmetic changes later to accommodate La Sartoria’s wares.

Keleman and Montesano said they hope to open the new space in August as a showroom for designer duds while holding clearance sales at the existing shop through September.


They plan to officially switch over Oct. 1.
For more information, call La Sartoria of Saratoga at 226-0641 or 226-0492.

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