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Fashion Friday: Meet a gallery director who collects hats

Name: Donald J. Siuta, 67.

Who he is: Founder/director/owner of Art Dialogue Gallery, which he opened in 1984. An artist, Siuta helped establish Western New York Artists Group in the mid-1990s and is director of its Artists Group Gallery. He has served on various committees and boards, including the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Buffalo Arts Commission, where he heads the City’s Art and Monuments Conservation Committee. A Buffalo native, he graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in art education. He is married to Dr. John R. Cichon, a dentist.

What he is wearing: Suit, shirt and tie from Jos. A Bank; Aston Grey black loafers; socks with buffaloes from Buffalo-based Avalon from the AGG Artisan Gift Shop; 1960s-era Dobbs hat originally from the Peller & Mure men’s store (he bought it at an estate sale); wedding ring; another ring that belonged to a late friend; lapel pin from the City of Buffalo for his service to the community; solid gold cuff links, a gift from Cichon.

Signature pieces: His cuff links, rings and old hats. “I like vintage clothing. I love old tuxedos and my collection of 20 hats – going from the 1940s up to now,” he said.

Fashion statement: “I think people are too casual. I think it affects their behavior. I think if people dressed better they might treat each other better,” he said.

Last thing he bought: A black wool sport coat from the 1960s that he paid $15 for at an estate sale.

In the market for: “I’m always keeping my eyes open for vintage hats. Right now I’m looking for a top hat. I want an old one in good shape,” he said.


His hat. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


His socks. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


His cuff links and ring. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


Donald J. Siuta at Art Dialogue. Pastel paintings by Fred Fielding are behind him. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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