Salvatore continued to travel to Italy frequently, and over the years he managed to build partnerships with some of the most important fabric mills from the famous district of Biella, close to the beautiful Lake Como, which supplied him with his raw materials. As his customer base grew along the years, the workshop in Malta gradually became a factory employing hundreds of seamstresses, and one of the Island’s leading exporters.
Salvatore worked hard, married and had a family, but he also continued to cultivate his mind. He read extensively about the rich history of his island home, and about Mediterranean culture and its exquisite tastes and fineries. In the fullness of time, the first Bortex store was born, and Salvatore made sure that not only did it offer the finest quality tailoring, but that the whole Gagliardi concept would tell his story, and that of his island, to the world. That story permeates not only the furnishings inside his ever-growing number of stores, but also the features in his garments. The legacy Salvatore created is a celebration of his life and of his dreams, which the second and third generations of his family proudly continue to build upon today.