Pepi Bertini was established in 1985 and has been the premier location in South Florida for quality bespoke European Mens’ Clothing. As a little boy, Pepi Bertini always admired how his father dressed, with his pinstripe suits, glen plaids and the wing tip shoes to match. Pepi’s father was a clothing designer, and from a very early age, he instilled in him a love of fashion and schooled him in couture clothing. Pepi grew up in capitalist Havana, surrounded by music, cars, fashion, jewelry and American films. When things got bad in Cuba due to communism, his parents still managed to make custom clothes for him. The seed had been sown. In 1971, the family emigrated to the U.S. At age 11, Pepi used the first $5 he made here – making kites – to purchase his first pair of western pocket black pants.
Two years later, when he was just 13, he decided he wanted to make shirts, so he purchased fabrics and enlisted a family friend to sew them for him. As a teen, he went to work with his dad, and even sold jeans out of his car trunk at his high school. Pepi later got involved in women’s fashion, because it was profitable. He also learned to sew and studied the manufacturing involved in the construction of a garment. He began manufacturing custom made shirts from home, until he found an investor in 1987. Three years later, Pepi opened his men’s clothing boutique – an extraordinary custom clothier in Miami providing a one-of-a-kind menswear experience. He started by offering custom-made shirts and ready-made Italian suits, and the business grew into the success it is today, complete with a full tailored shop and an in-house master tailor with 50 years experience in custom made clothing. Production on the premises provides customers the best in high-fashion menswear and other men’s luxury goods and accessories. Pepi’s other passion is vintage bicycles, and you’ll notice he often incorporates them into his window treatments, along with tribal masks, and other props that merge classic style with an artistic flair. The man – owner, merchant, salesman, stylist and window dresser – is known for transforming window displays into art installations.
The name of the shop – Pepi Bertini – pays homage to his original investor, while incorporating the store’s namesake. Pepi’s meticulous eye can be seen and felt throughout the store, home to the world’s finest menswear, including Canali Bagutta, Zanella, Prochownick, Romeo Gigli and Lanvin. Pepi Bertini – where Milan meets Miami. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the fit. Our customers demand a good fitting suit and we deliver.” – Pepi “Bertini” Gonzalez