Men of the Cloth

  Men of the Cloth is a documentary by Vicki Vasilopoulos about the three accomplished master tailors, Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, and Joe Centofanti, who share a passionate devotion to their craft. The film will be screened during the DOC NYC film festival at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village in November.

Hours: November 19th at 7:15 pm and November 21st at 5 pm.

Address: 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street.

Telephone: 212-924-7771

When I first started working on Fashion Avenue in the 80s, Italian tailors used to gather in a big group during their lunch hour, in front of 550 Seventh Avenue, which is a home to a lot of high end American designers. Hearing and seeing these handsome men speaking their beautiful operatic language is another tradition that is gone now.

The showrooms were moved to the less expensive locations out of the city, or outsourced altogether. Young designers, whom I teach, do not know what they are missing. Working with great Italian masters was a privilege, which I feel very lucky to have had in my career.

"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all."  Michelangelo