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This Phoenix company specializes in letterman jackets and patches: Made in Arizona

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 11:11am

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The outside of Phoenix Lettering.
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The outside of Phoenix Lettering.

Inside a stand-alone single-story building — a lone commercial one surrounded by houses on 35th Avenue in Phoenix — sewing machines that were probably made around the time of World War II whir.

The Show took a step back in time with Sue Castelletti, the co-owner of Phoenix Lettering, for a new installment of the series Made in Arizona. 

The company has been around since 1957. In 1980, Castelletti and her former husband, Jack, bought it from the two sisters who’d owned it.

Sue Castelletti
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Sue Castelletti, the co-owner of Phoenix Lettering.

Inside the lobby, you can see patches of all different kinds of activities — from chess club to choir to student council. There are patches for musical instruments, sports and achievements. And then, there are the mascots — lions, pumas, eagles, jaguars and all manner of other scary and intimidating animals.

The main workroom is filled with sewing machines — and members of Sue and Jack’s family. The Show stopped by the shop, and in the back room — away from the sewing machines somewhat — Sue talked about how busy she was, despite this being kind of a niche business.

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