Sep 13, 2015
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Georges de Paris, tailor of US presidents, dead at 81

Sep 13, 2015

Georges de Paris, a French tailor who came to America and ended up broke and homeless before resurrecting to make suits for presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, died Sunday at the age of 81.

Tailor George de Paris - AFP / Shawn Thew

De Paris died in a hospice in Arlington, Virginia near Washington after a long illness, a friend of his, Dimasito Pereira, told AFP.

Another friend of the tailor, Alain Trampoglieri, told AFP in France that de Paris had been diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago.

De Paris, a native of Marseille in southern France, was a diminutive man with a striking, unruly mane of thick white hair. He had a tailor shop just a few blocks from the White House.

He came to the United States in the late 1950s.

De Paris continued working at his Washington shop up until two months ago, said Pereira.

In a photograph taken at the White House last year, de Paris is seen with his arm around a smiling Obama and a tape measure draped around his shoulders.

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