Returning to his native Malta in the early sixties, Salvatore decided to go into business setting up his own tailoring workshop in a small garage close to his home town. Initially, he sold his products locally but before long he began exporting too.
In 1964, the Gagliardi brand was born, encapsulating the spirit of its creator. Salvatore wanted his tailoring to follow the softer, elegant lines of the clothes he and his friends had worn during his years in Italy, but at the same time, he also loved the more formal British look that he had seen on Savile Row during his frequent trips to London. He wanted Gagliardi tailoring to be a fusion of the two influences but with its own distinct identity and the brand itself to be not only an expression of personal tastes, but also a means of telling the story of the brave little island of his birth which he loved so dearly.
Salvatore worked hard, married and had a family, but he also continued to cultivate his mind. He read extensively about the rich history of his island home, and about Mediterranean culture and its exquisite tastes and fineries.
In the fullness of time, the first Gagliardi store was born, and Salvatore made sure that not only did it offer the finest quality tailoring, but that the whole Gagliardi concept would tell his story, and that of his island, to the world. That story permeates not only the furnishings inside his ever-growing number of stores, but also the features in his garments.