About-Us

About Paul Stuart

Paul Stuart is one of the oldest and most well respected names in fashion, offering exclusive and custom tailored clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories for men and women. Renowned for expert craftsmanship, thoughtful design using materials and fabrics sourced from the finest mills around the world, Paul Stuart combines Savile Row, Old Hollywood and a very distinct New York vibe to create timeless American classics with contemporary sophistication.

Founded in 1938 with the goal of dressing the American consumer in the very finest of men’s clothing, Paul Stuart opened its doors at the corner of 45th and Madison Avenue and has since become one of the leading names in menswear. The Phineas Cole collection debuted in 2007 with a more modern style and fit, the made-to-measure experience at the customLAB personalizes everything from suiting to outerwear, while the denimLAB creates custom denim.

In addition to the original Flagship store on 45th and Madison, Paul Stuart has two stores in Chicago, one in Washington, DC, three freestanding stores in Japan, and more than 150 locations in major department stores throughout Japan and South Korea. Paul Stuart footwear is also available in national retailers starting Fall 2019. 

Leadership

Paulette Garafalo

President & CEO


Paulette Garafalo is currently the CEO of Paul Stuart. She has been at Paul Stuart since 2016. Prior to joining Paul Stuart, Ms. Garafalo served as President, International, Wholesale and Manufacturing at Brooks Brothers. She also served as CEO of Bally Americas Inc., and CEO of the Hartmarx Luxury Group. Now, at Paul Stuart, she’s advancing digital technology, new footwear and sportswear collections for men and women, as the company looks ahead to the future.


Ms. Garafalo’s past experience prior to Hartmarx was with Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian luxury goods firm where she held several positions including vice president of its men’s divisions. In this capacity, she oversaw all sales and marketing efforts for the U.S. market. From 1980-1988, Ms. Garafalo was with Bally of Switzerland, where she held the position of general merchandise manager.  She began her career with Hallmark Greeting Cards.

 

Ms. Garafalo earned both her BBA in marketing and her MBA in International Trade from the Zicklin School of Business in New York. Ms. Garafalo is currently a non-executive board member for Hooker Furniture, Martinsville, VA, where she chairs the compensation committee.



Ralph Auriemma

Creative Director

Paul Stuart & Phineas Cole


Ralph Auriemma has been working in the men’s fashion industry for over 30 years. A native New Yorker, Mr. Auriemma has now been at the creative helm of Paul Stuart, for over a decade. Mr. Auriemma is responsible for all the tailored and sportswear designs at the company including the Phineas Cole collection. Prior to Paul Stuart, he was a menswear designer at Ralph Lauren for over a decade. 

Javier Saurez

Creative Director

Footwear


Javier Suarez is the Creative Director for men’s shoes and accessories at Paul Stuart. Before taking this position at Paul Stuart, Mr. Suarez was the footwear designer at Salvatore Ferragamo for 27 years. His prior footwear experience also includes a design position as Director of Product Development for men’s at Cole Haan. He began his career at Bally of Switzerland in New York City.