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 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. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the fit. Our customers demand a well-fitting suit and we deliver.” – Pepi “Bertini” Gonzalez