West Chester native Anthony Thomas Melillo takes athleisure to the next level with his anything-but-basic label, ATM.
What began as a line of T-shirts by Anthony Thomas Melillo has evolved into an assortment of relaxed yet luxe basics like the boatneck sweater ($395).
Anthony Melillo always knew that he wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Early on, that meant extra pocket money for a new shirt. “I really loved working and had a job since I was 16,” he says. “I just wanted to buy clothes and walk around South Street.” His sartorial obsession would eventually take him away from his hometown of West Chester to New York City, where he landed a job as Esquire’s style director and, later, built ATM, one of fashion’s most coveted brands of tees and wardrobe essentials.
“My goal was to create a brand that was real yet cool,” he says. “It’s what we do best. Real clothing with just the right amount of edge.” His collections boast not only the perfect T-shirt—which is “all about the right fit, fabric, and drape”—but luxe basics like henleys, sweaters, and pants for men and women. “The perfect basics are what is most sought after, yet the hardest to find,” he says. “We update our offerings and add new designs while still creating wardrobe staples.”
Chic offerings ranging from women’s cashmere cardigans to leather blazers and a wool wrap coat are Melillo’s top picks for Philly winters, while gents should opt for the cashmere Donegal sweaters. And while Melillo may reside in New York for now, he dreams of bringing ATM to suburban storefronts like his native West Chester. “Growing up, I saw people dressing for quality, and that’s what ATM stands for: clean, modern clothing that’s wearable and versatile for everyone’s wardrobe.” Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200