The interaction between supply and demand is the bedrock of economics. Or at least that’s how it was taught to me in school. And it seems that as interest (and likely demand) in fine tailoring has increased over the past few years, the supply will only, over time, inevitably decrease. Or so it seems that is to be the case. When I visited the workshops of Henry Poole and Cifonelli last summer the problem was clear. The average age of tailors was only increasing. As another example, I just visited Centofanti in Ardmore PA where two of the three tailors are in their 80s (I will have a thorough post on the atelier following a more thorough visit this week, we’ll also have one on Philadelphia’s Commonwealth Proper).
Luckily, I am not the only one who has observed this unfortunate trend. Vicki Vasilopoulos, former editor as DNR (predecessor to Women’s Wear Daily Mens), has been working on Men Of The Cloth for the past few years. The film is a documentary on Italian master tailors, both here in The States and abroad. Centofanti (and his atelier) is one of the men covered. The trailer has been released and I expect the full film to be quite good. I have spent a good bit of time talking with Vicki over the past few months and have become familiar with her noble endeavor. However, her and her staff cannot do it without help. Namely, financial help, for it is not cheap to put together an independent film of this caliber. A Kickstarter campaign has been started with the goal of raising $20,000 by December 21. I have donated $50 and ask all of you to join me in supporting the film, whether you want to donate $5 or $500, it will all help Vicki reach her goal. And the best part is there are gifts awarded at various levels of pledges, such as custom shirts, bags and posters. Or if you do not plan on donating to the cause, please at least spread word of the film to those who may. Thank you for your support.
Keep up the good fight,
PS – Washington Post put out a superb article on Martin Greenfield, the storied Brooklyn tailor. I highly suggest giving it a read.