“We stay busy,” Valentine said with a laugh.
“We have a network of 700 employees who work directly for us or through outsourced efforts,” March added. “We put together a respected, solid debt buying company and that’s allowed us to fund other things.”
The two Kenmore East graduates — March graduated in 1999, Valentine in 2001 — said they make an effort to help local startup companies as well as fund the growth of already-established businesses.
“Overall, we’re Buffalo guys,” March said of their interest in investing in local businesses. “I love this town. I think it’s on its way up and we’re seeing a boom in Buffalo right now. There’s a huge amount of investment going on in the city and your suburbs provide interesting opportunities.
“It’s a place that’s small enough to try smaller things and get a lot of attention and a chance to succeed,” he said, adding that if they were to open a place like Bloodline Handmade in New York City, they would be just one of many such businesses.
“In Buffalo, you do something interesting ... and it actually turns into something,” March said. “It’s nice to be in a town that appreciates hard work and innovation.”
Bloodline Handmade offers in-home consultations with Blood and will soon be offering appointments at J. Norman & Co Men’s Shop in the Tony Walker plaza in Williamsville. The price point for a custom-made suit starts at $1,200 and can go upwards of $1,800 for suits that include specialty imported fabrics or notions.
For more information, visit www.bloodlinehandmade.com.
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MORE INFORMATION • WHAT: Bloodline Handmade • WHERE: They will come to you, or, in the future, you can visit them at Tony Walker men's shop at 5110 Main St., Williamsville • FOR APPOINTMENTS: Visit www.bloodlinehandmade.com, or call 222-0190.