ABOUT US

Gagliardi embodies the timeless appeal of Savile Row but adds a distinctive Mediterranean flair and a penchant for rich colour. The label combines the quirks of modern fashion: on-trend cuts, seasonal shades and varied textures, with a no-nonsense, old-fashioned approach when it comes to quality and craftsmanship and the use of luxurious fabrics.

The result is a rarity in menswear: realistically cut clothes that are shot through with clever little touches usually confined to catwalk collections.

ABOUT US

Gagliardi embodies the timeless appeal of Savile Row but adds a distinctive Mediterranean flair and a penchant for rich colour. The label combines the quirks of modern fashion: on-trend cuts, seasonal shades and varied textures, with a no-nonsense, old-fashioned approach when it comes to quality and craftsmanship and the use of luxurious fabrics.

The result is a rarity in menswear: realistically cut clothes that are shot through with clever little touches usually confined to catwalk collections.

SALVATORE'S LIFE

The Gagliardi brand was built around the story of one man and his experiences – his ambitions and his dreams, his innate sense of good taste and his zest for life. Drafted into the British army as little more than a boy to fight the second World War, when peace returned, the poverty in the small Mediterranean Island of his birth forced Salvatore Borg to leave its shores to seek his fortune. He joined the Merchant Navy, traveled the world, prospered and soon acquired a taste for the finer things in life. He spent many years in Italy where he enjoyed good food, fine wines, music and art, but above all else, he enjoyed wearing beautifully tailored garments made from the finest Italian wool's, linens and cottons. Whilst in Italy, he also acquired a nickname and became known to his many friends as “Il Gagliardi”. Returning to his native Malta in the early sixties, Salvatore decided to go into business setting up his own tailoring workshop in a small garage close to his hometown. Initially, he sold his products locally but before long he began exporting too.

 

THE START OF GAGLIARDI

In 1964, the Gagliardi brand was born, encapsulating the spirit of its creator. Salvatore wanted his tailoring to follow the softer, elegant lines of the clothes he and his friends had worn during his years in Italy, but at the same time he also loved the more formal British look that he had seen on Savile Row during his frequent trips to London. He wanted Gagliardi tailoring to be a fusion of the two influences but with its own distinct identity and the brand itself to be not only an expression of his personal tastes, but also a means of telling the story of the brave little island of his birth which he loved so dearly.


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 Gagliardi 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.

 

GAGLIARDI NOW

Gagliardi’s physical presence is felt not only in Malta, where the HQ is based but also within various other countries around the world. In February of 2013, Gagliardi starting trading in Dublin, Ireland. The list now extends to include multiple outlets within Serbia, Russia, Sweden, UK and the latest addition, Poland. The store in Poland opened its doors on Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at the Galeria Młociny, in Warsaw, showcasing all that Gagliardi encompasses and stands for with all the latest shop fits and in-store technology. This store is a prime showcase of how far the brand has come.

The brand also trades overseas via its e-commerce portal, shipping worldwide.

 

MILESTONES

1964 - Bortex Clothing Industry and Gagliardi set up by Salvatore (Sunny) Borg

1996 - Bortex Clothing Industry becomes wholly owned by the Borg Family

2000 - Bortex Clothing Industry sets up a wholly-owned production unit in Tunisia

2010 - The Gagliardi brand is re-imagined

2012 - The Gagliardi brand starts trading via e-commerce

2013 - First Gagliardi presence overseas in Ireland

2016 - First Gagliardi overseas shoot in Trentino, Italy for AW16 collection

2018 - Launch of the Gagliardi Viatorem Travel Range within our AW18 collection

2019 - Bortex Clothing Industry celebrated its 55th Anniversary

2019 - Gagliardi continue to strengthen overseas presence with additional stores in new markets

  • SALVATORE'S LIFE
  • THE START OF GAGLIARDI
  • GAGLIARDI NOW
  • MILESTONES

The Gagliardi brand was built around the story of one man and his experiences – his ambitions and his dreams, his innate sense of good taste and his zest for life. Drafted into the British army as little more than a boy to fight the second World War, when peace returned, the poverty in the small Mediterranean Island of his birth forced Salvatore Borg to leave its shores to seek his fortune. He joined the Merchant Navy, traveled the world, prospered and soon acquired a taste for the finer things in life. He spent many years in Italy where he enjoyed good food, fine wines, music and art, but above all else, he enjoyed wearing beautifully tailored garments made from the finest Italian wool's, linens and cottons. Whilst in Italy, he also acquired a nickname and became known to his many friends as “Il Gagliardi”. Returning to his native Malta in the early sixties, Salvatore decided to go into business setting up his own tailoring workshop in a small garage close to his hometown. Initially, he sold his products locally but before long he began exporting too.

In 1964, the Gagliardi brand was born, encapsulating the spirit of its creator. Salvatore wanted his tailoring to follow the softer, elegant lines of the clothes he and his friends had worn during his years in Italy, but at the same time he also loved the more formal British look that he had seen on Savile Row during his frequent trips to London. He wanted Gagliardi tailoring to be a fusion of the two influences but with its own distinct identity and the brand itself to be not only an expression of his personal tastes, but also a means of telling the story of the brave little island of his birth which he loved so dearly.

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 Gagliardi 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.

 

Gagliardi’s physical presence is felt not only in Malta, where the HQ is based, but also within various other countries around the world. In February of 2013, Gagliardi starting trading in Dublin, Ireland. The list now extends to include multiple outlets within Serbia, UK and the latest addition, Poland. The store in Poland opened its doors on Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at the Galeria Młociny, in Warsaw, showcasing all that Gagliardi encompasses and stands for with all the latest shop fits and in-store technology. This store is a testament of how far the brand has come.

The brand also trades overseas via its e-commerce portal, with worldwide shipping.

 

1964 - Bortex Clothing Industry and Gagliardi set up by Salvatore (Sunny) Borg

1996 - Bortex Clothing Industry becomes wholly owned by the Borg Family

2000 - Bortex Clothing Industry sets up a wholly-owned production unit in Tunisia

2010 - The Gagliardi brand is re-imagined

2012 - The Gagliardi brand starts trading via e-commerce

2013 - First Gagliardi presence overseas in Ireland

2016 - First Gagliardi overseas shoot in Trentino, Italy for AW16 collection

2018 - Launch of the Gagliardi Viatorem Travel Range within our AW18 collection

2019 - Bortex Clothing Industry celebrated its 55th Anniversary

2019 - Gagliardi continue to strengthen overseas presence with additional stores in new markets

ABOUT US

Gagliardi embodies the timeless appeal of Savile Row but adds a distinctive Mediterranean flair and a penchant for rich colour. The label combines the quirks of modern fashion: on-trend cuts, seasonal shades and varied textures, with a no-nonsense, old-fashioned approach when it comes to quality and craftsmanship and the use of luxurious fabrics.

The result is a rarity in menswear: realistically cut clothes that are shot through with clever little touches usually confined to catwalk collections.

  • Salvatore's Life
  • The Start of Gagliardi
  • Gagliardi Now
  • Milestones

The Gagliardi brand was built around the story of one man and his experiences – his ambitions and his dreams, his innate sense of good taste and his zest for life. Drafted into the British army as little more than a boy to fight the second World War, when peace returned, the poverty in the small Mediterranean Island of his birth forced Salvatore Borg to leave its shores to seek his fortune. He joined the Merchant Navy, traveled the world, prospered and soon acquired a taste for the finer things in life. He spent many years in Italy where he enjoyed good food, fine wines, music and art, but above all else, he enjoyed wearing beautifully tailored garments made from the finest Italian wool's, linens and cottons. Whilst in Italy, he also acquired a nickname and became known to his many friends as “Il Gagliardi”. Returning to his native Malta in the early sixties, Salvatore decided to go into business setting up his own tailoring workshop in a small garage close to his hometown. Initially, he sold his products locally but before long he began exporting too.

 

In 1964, the Gagliardi brand was born, encapsulating the spirit of its creator. Salvatore wanted his tailoring to follow the softer, elegant lines of the clothes he and his friends had worn during his years in Italy, but at the same time he also loved the more formal British look that he had seen on Savile Row during his frequent trips to London. He wanted Gagliardi tailoring to be a fusion of the two influences but with its own distinct identity and the brand itself to be not only an expression of his personal tastes, but also a means of telling the story of the brave little island of his birth which he loved so dearly.

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 Gagliardi 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.

Gagliardi’s physical presence is felt not only in Malta, where the HQ is based but also within various other countries around the world. In February of 2013, Gagliardi starting trading in Dublin, Ireland. The list now extends to include multiple outlets within Serbia, UK and the latest addition, Poland. The store in Poland opened its doors on Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at the Galeria Młociny, in Warsaw, showcasing all that Gagliardi encompasses and stands for with all the latest shop fits and in-store technology. This store is a prime showcase of how far the brand has come.

The brand also trades overseas via its e-commerce portal, shipping worldwide.

 

1964 - Bortex Clothing Industry and Gagliardi set up by Salvatore (Sunny) Borg

1996 - Bortex Clothing Industry becomes wholly owned by the Borg Family

2000 - Bortex Clothing Industry sets up a wholly-owned production unit in Tunisia

2010 - The Gagliardi brand is re-imagined

2012 - The Gagliardi brand starts trading via e-commerce

2013 - First Gagliardi presence overseas in Ireland

2016 - First Gagliardi overseas shoot in Trentino, Italy for AW16 collection

2018 - Launch of the Gagliardi Viatorem Travel Range within our AW18 collection

2019 - Bortex Clothing Industry celebrated its 55th Anniversary

2019 - Gagliardi continue to strengthen overseas presence with additional stores in new markets


Sunny's Legacy

Hear from his son & grandson how our founder's vision informs our business to this day.

 


"I Received my jacket rather quickly and it was packaged with care. Excellent quality as usual. A note of appreciation was attached which demonstrated to me that my business with them was appreciated."

IVAN TERRY

4 JAN 2020

"I have made many purchases and have never been disappointed. Gagliardi has helped my sense of style evolve; I am always the best-dressed man in the room."

JAMES BARONE

8 DEC 2020

"Top-notch service - ordered all of my Christmas shopping for my husband and 4 sons. Everything arrived in 2 days! 23 items in 2 days! The personal handwritten note was lovely and the gift wrapping was fantastic."

ROBYN PRATT

20 DEC 2019