Master Tailor Angelo DiFebo Fitting a Client for Brioni

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Italians Nino Corvato, Joe Centofanti and Checchino Fonticoli are master tailors who have spent a lifetime perfecting the skills necessary to construct flawless custom-made suits for their clients in New York City, Philadelphia and Penne, Italy, a fascinating process broken down step-by-step in MEN OF THE CLOTH. Now in the twilight of their career, 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.

Filmed over the course of 11 years, MEN OF THE CLOTH unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion. MEN OF THE CLOTH has screened at theaters and art museums around the world. (It has a 9.3 rating on IMDB.com.) The DVD with Director’s Commentary and special features is available at: http://menoftheclothfilm.com/

“… a deeply moving narrative, a story that is filled with a deep lust for life…. Director Vicki Vasilopoulos has masterfully crafted this film, not unlike how her subjects have masterfully crafted their garments.”
— The Arts Fuse

“We get to feel the love of the men for their job and we understand just how special handmade suits are…. You will feel a loss at the notion that their way of life is fading from existence. I love films that make you feel and this one does in spades.”
— Unseen Films blog

“A small but beautiful documentary…Free from static talking heads, Vasilopoulos casually and quietly observes the tailors at work, allowing the audience to see their skill first hand. While they work, they muse candidly about their upbringing and training, never dwelling too long on any one thing, with each word, each anecdote carefully placed like stitches on a lapel.” –- Boulder Weekly (Colorado)

“At a time when American shoppers seem all too happy to buy mass-produced, inexpensive and ultimately disposable clothing, MEN OF THE CLOTH celebrates the master tailors who slowly, lovingly, patiently produce custom-made suits one hand-stitch, pin, chalk mark, measurement and fitting at a time…. it’s uplifting to watch these men and a small pool rising in the ranks in Italy.”
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (USA) (3 1/2 stars out of 4)

“A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, MEN OF THE CLOTH is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style…. Dynamic, emotional, and inspiring, it was truly an experience.” — A & H Magazine

“As it is far from today’s gloss and glam of the runway and transient trends of fashion forward movements, MEN OF THE CLOTH leaves something truly honest and striking…. MEN OF THE CLOTH provides great insight into the dedication these masters have for their craft and general disregard for the popular consensus that they are wasting their time and efforts on over looked details in today’s fast paced society. As their story sharing gives the majority of the film its weight, much credit needs to be attributed to the camera and editing. It is literally like you are there, right in the middle of their dedicated design process so organic that you forget you are watching a documentary and instead standing shoulder to shoulder as they retell their passion for perfection which consumes them.”
— Art Smitten on SYN Radio 90.7 (Melbourne, Australia)

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