You’ll know the name, now get to know the person. Artie Pallari, director at garment decorating company Fanela, talks about Arsenal, 80s soul and being sweet and innocent

How long have you been working in the garment decoration industry?
In one way or another I have been involved since 1983, 32 years… I can’t believe I started at age 10!

What’s your most over-used word or phrase?
It depends where I am in the business. In the factory it is: “If they ain’t turning, we ain’t earning!” In office it’s: “Speak and treat customers as you would like to be spoken to and treated.”

Which tune can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
Not one in particular, but I love 80’s soul

What’s your favourite sports team?
Anyone that knows me in this industry knows I’m a mad Arsenal fan… Gooners!

Tomato ketchup or brown sauce?
Ketchup all the way. I also love a bit of Reggae Reggae sauce

What’s your most unappealing habit?
As if I would answer that honestly!

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I don’t really have many guilty ones, I’m sweet and innocent!

What’s your hidden talent?
If I have one it’s still hidden away somewhere

If you were to pursue another occupation what would it be?
A T-shirt printer

If you could be anywhere on earth right now, where would you be?
The National Lottery winner’s office

Which gadget or app couldn’t you live without?
Probably my phone

If you could ask one person (living or dead) one question, what would you ask?
I can’t name names, but there are a few I would ask, “Why?”


Artie and his youngest son at Wembley after Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 to win the FA Cup in 2015

Artie with a statue of one his all time Arsenal heroes, Tony Adams

Artie’s favourite sounds – 80s Soul