Born in Campo Basso, Italy in 1940, Paul Minichiello apprenticed at a local tailor’s shop before immigrating to Vancouver in 1954. He worked for nine years at Tip Top Tailors as well as other tailor shops before opening his own shop Paul’s of North Shore, on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver in 1964.
He specialized in making fashionably cut suits for young men and quickly built a reputation as the ‘Pierre Cardin of Lonsdale Avenue.’ In 1971, he had a visit from Sonny & Cher, who ordered suits for Sonny for their upcoming TV show. Other celebrity clients over the years included Eric Clapton, Gordie Howe, and Wayne Gretsky. Paul died in 2014, but the business continues to operate under his daughter’s direction.