Last night we had the chance to watch a screening of Men of the Cloth at the Bloor Cinema.

Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of three humble and accomplished Italian master tailors whose work exudes elegance and style. The film gives us a window into the past, present and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are in the Italian Renaissance but whose branches extend from small towns in the Apennine Mountains of Italy and the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, all the way to New York’s Madison Avenue and the suburbs of Philadelphia. Now in the twilight of their careers, artisans Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti have a passionate devotion to their Old World craft that is akin to a religion. As they confront the decline of the apprentice system they fear that their Old World knowledge will vanish with them. Enter Joe Genuardi, a tailoring apprentice who reflects the resurgence of popular interest in artisanal craftsmanship as an alternative to corporate mass production, providing hope for the future of this craft.

Learn more about the film here.

A final screening of the document shows tonight at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the director, Terry Beauchamp, proprietor of Walter Beauchamp Tailors, and Robert Ott, chair and associate professor, School of Fashion at Ryerson University.

Make sure to purchase a DVD of the documentary…you bet we did.