Eugene hails from Furci Siculo in the province of Messina, Sicily. He started tailoring at the age of eight, training until at sixteen he began work at a Sartoriale and working with the finest cloths and refining his skills as a tailor.

After his apprenticeship and cutting school in Messina, Eugene moved to London to learn English and further his knowledge of tailoring; he worked with the many Italian and French tailors in the capital, eventually running a business in Bond Street for the owner, who was nearing retirement.