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Christian Cavaliere founds Tremont Sporting Co. golf accessories.

Secondary agitation is now a promising full-time business.

Christian Cavaliere covered the cost of beer and pizza at Boston College by making and selling custom hats on campus between golf tournaments. And when the COVID-19 pandemic sent everyone home, the 24-year-old from Somers got creative.

There was more than enough time for passions and interests to mingle during the lockdown.

“I was taking down everything I ever got in a tournament as a parting gift or anything,” said Cavaliere, a former Somers High School All-State player who competed in British Columbia. and will make his second appearance in the US Amateur next time. month. “I started ordering materials and making samples with my mother’s sewing machine at home. Our living room was basically a factory in the summer of 2020.”

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The idea of ​​adding custom headgear and other golf accessories to the headgear eventually led to the formation of Tremont Sporting Co.

“I hired a couple of my friends and we had a pretty hilarious setup – a bunch of guys cutting, sewing, gluing, embroidering,” Cavaliere added. “It was a scene, but it was so much fun, so I continued when I moved to Florida last year. It was still a side thing at first, but last fall I was like : “It’s going well, let me see if I can grow it.” We moved into a space in West Palm Beach in January of this year and bought new machines, hired a few more people and see what we can do with that, which is really, really cool.

Tremont was a logical business name.

“It’s one of Boston’s original names and means three hills,” said Cavaliere, a three-time amateur champion from Westchester. “There are some cool undertones for us since I formed the LLC with two of my Boston College teammates.”

Patrick Hallisey remains with the company while Jack Cammis has moved on to another company.

Tremont Sporting Co.'s handmade creations include familiar themes and are appearing in more and more varsity team bags.

“I remember when Christian was taking headgear apart, like, ‘It can’t be that hard to make these,'” said James Nicholas, a longtime friend and now Cavaliere roommate who played at Scarsdale, won an Ivy League golf title at Yale and now has conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour. “He took polo shirts and sweatshirts and made headwear. Other people saw them and said, ‘Can you make me one?’ It was kind of word of mouth to begin with and one thing led to the next. It was pretty cool to watch, especially firsthand. I’ve seen the time and effort that goes into it. It’s not as easy as he makes it seem, but Christian has so much dedication and artistry.

The 1,400 square foot boutique is buzzing right now.

“We have four people working full time now and a few freelance seamstresses,” Cavaliere said. “We are still at the discovery stage. It’s more established than it used to be, but we still face growing pains and try to deal with them as best we can.

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