and his business
One jump as a British Army reservist made him fall in love with skydiving. And England’s dank weather made Tony Uragallo move to
Zephyrhills, Florida, where he set up TonySuits after winning a team
skydiving event there in late 1979. Uragallo got started in London,
where he sewed his frst jumpsuit on his mother’s machine. When
skydiving friends demanded copies, the former brickie turned it
into a business. In the 1990s, he focused on designing wingsuits.
Today, TonySuits sell for $1,000 to $2,000 each. —BILL SAPORI TO
Uragallo, 64, became a top
wingsuit competitor wearing
outfts he created. The R&D? Sew.
Try on. Exit plane. Head back to
the sewing table for adjustments.
“You have an airplane that you are
wearing,” he says. “And I loved that
totally. To this day, I still make
prototypes. You jump and test it
and see how it feels.”