For more than 30 years, menswear boutique Ventresca has been pinning, fitting, and styling some of the city’s most prominent men. This fall, owner Frank Ventresca adds more designer names to his collection.
Custom tailoring has long been a specialty at Frank Ventresca’s Doylestown boutique, which offers high-end ready-to-wear suiting as well.
Since the early ’80s, Frank Ventresca has been the sartorial force behind some of the area’s most stylish men, dressing high-profile athletes and high-powered titans of industry alike. “Women have more patience and an ease in shopping, but a lot of men find it difficult,” he says of the market he knows so well. “But if you have the right sizes, the right staff, and the right tailoring, there will be success behind dressing the man.”
After a long jaunt in Jenkintown, Ventresca moved his eponymous shop to Doylestown in 2006, where it’s since become a one-stop shop for every facet of the discerning man’s life. He offers custom wear courtesy of an in-house tailor, but he also carries classic business clothing from American designers Hickey Freeman, Southwick, and Hart Schaffner Marx, as well as trimmer-fitting garb from John Varvatos, Sand, Hugo Boss, and Michael Kors for the modern guy.
Ventresca is always looking for new vendors and new categories, he says, and to that end, he’s just added two new lines. “Theory is popular in the ladies market, but they’re really broadening their presence in menswear, and we’ll be carrying them for fall/winter,” he says. To keep up with the demand for more youthful outerwear and casual wear, he also added Bugatchi, a German company that has more of a contemporary direction.
His client list reads like a who’s who of sports media talking heads, including ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, NFL coaches Andy Reid and John Harbaugh, and gridiron heroes like current and former Eagles Brent Celek, Brian Dawkins, and Brian Westbrook. And this season, he’s sure to put them, and the rest of his well-dressed clients, into what he says are the hottest trends of the fall. For outerwear, above-the-knee slim-fitting business casual car coats and more casual, urban-influenced down jackets in punchy colors like orange top the list. He also thinks that layering is a must-do for the fashion-forward man, especially in cold-weather colors like earth-tone browns, grays, and navy blues.
“In our store, it’s done the way it’s always been done,” he says of what makes shopping in a niche independent retailer different than in a large, albeit high-end, department store. “We’ll handhold the gentleman through the entire process. We’re interested in developing a relationship. If [the clothing is] right, it’s right. And if it’s not right, it’s our job to say, ‘It’s not working, let’s try something else.’” 145 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-3139