The Naples 10: Joseph Wendt

Lush landscape, beautiful beaches and pristine settings—that’s what Naples is known for. What can be surprising is who might be lunching on the other side of the restaurant, or dropping by Wynn’s Market for a last-minute ingredient. Many of these notables chose Naples because of its quiet beauty and the ability to fly under the radar. We introduce 10 interesting, and possibly surprising, neighbors.


Well Suited

   Joseph Wendt | Custom Clothier
Joseph Wendt - custom clothier - photo cred: Vanessa Rogers

From the gridiron to the sharply dressed, Joey Wendt knows many unpublished details about some of the National Football League’s biggest celebrities. As their custom clothier, Wendt is intimately aware of their measurements and how to make them look good—in their clothing, if not in their stats. Wendt’s 20-plus years of experience led to direct access to the players’ lounges, and as a result, his clientele includes more than a hundred NFL players and coaches, including Chad Pennington, Ronnie Brown, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, Fred McGriff and John Lynch, as well as sports personalities Michael Smith and Jay Glazer. His customers clearly appreciate his work; Wendt attends the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl every year. “There’s an importance to a guy who is in great shape to have a great fit,” Wendt says. “What’s the point in working out if the suit is all boxy and doesn’t fit?” Now Wendt, who has shops in New York City and on Long Island, plans to open a store in Naples later this year. He looks to work with the area’s retired and active CEOs who know the importance of dressing well. He also seeks to work with men coming to the area for destination weddings, suiting up wedding parties. Wendt thinks that a community like Naples, where high-powered executives build homes and charities such as the Naples Winter Wine Festival from the ground up, could benefit from his clothing expertise. “Why would they want what everyone else in the world has?” he says.

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