In the age of always-changing technology, this local business is using decades-old machinery to create timeless jackets.
“It’s unique. They all get made a little bit different,” said Jack Castelletti, co-owner of Phoenix Lettering.
Since 1957, Phoenix Lettering has been creating and sewing custom high school letterman jackets by hand. The family business relies on a handful of sewing machines older than every employee.
The sewing machines used to stitch patches onto jackets are 80 or 90 years old, according to co-owner Su Castelletti, yet they still work as well as ever.
“We like to have our hands in what we do,” said Sue. “We love doing it, it’s very creative. We get to talk to the cream of the crop kids. Everbody’s proud of them. It’s exciting.”
Phoenix Lettering allows students to customize their own jacket with dozens of jacket and patch options. You can stop by and see the jackets being made for yourself.