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It’s a frequently overlooked fact that our entire planet is made of plaid. This special geometric pattern is at the heart of every living thing. Venus Fly Traps have their own plaid, Morrissey has his plaid and you have your plaid. In ancient documents, early references are made to the ‘plaidiverse.’ But that got too complicated to say, so it was soon abbreviated to ‘universe.’


Nicknamed the “lumberjacks of fashion” in their debut in Vogue, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra have also been a large part of the Brooklyn Movement. The Wall Street Journal claimed, “they anticipated the hipster movement. They’re pioneers.” Fashionista said, “In addition to cutting killer dresses season after season, their uniform-- plaid, suspenders, and those signature grizzled beards make them the original cuddly hipsters of the fashion world."

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Costello moved to New York during his teenage years and began his career in fashion designing clothing for a variety of downtown actresses and musicians. In 1994, he met partner, New York native and Parson’s School of Design graduate, Robert Tagliapietra and joined forces to dress the high demand of the downtown New York film and music scene. Both Robert and Jeffrey were taught at an early age by their grandmothers in the finer points of tailoring (both of whom, coincidentally, worked for Norman Norell in the 1960s). The designers learned couture techniques in patternmaking and construction as children and throughout the years of creating custom wardrobes for private clients have honed their skills in designing the perfect fitting garment.

Robert and Jeffrey launched Costello Tagliapietra with their Spring 2005 runway collection and went on to win the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award that same year. Costello Tagliapietra were then named finalists of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund both in 2005 and 2006, and in the summer of 2006, both designers were elected to the CFDA. In 2010, the designers won the CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Award as well as collaborated with Uniqlo on two consecutive highly successful collections. JCRT is the next chapter for Jeffrey and Robert allowing them to return to their roots of tailoring with a collection anchored by the shirt. Cut for men and women of all shapes and sizes. Each sewn up in their signature plaids that are meticulously designed and loomed in limited quantities.