Paying your dues: Men of the Cloth
Vicki Vasilopoulos is the producer of Men of the Cloth; a documentary of the fascinating work histories of three Italian master tailors.
… starting in the mid-20th century, in the wake of the growth of ready-to-wear clothing and the industrialization of the tailoring trade, many of these Old World artisans had to abandon their beloved craft. Italian tailors were forced to leave their towns and even their country, and to forfeit their dreams in order to work in factories. They were casualties of the industrial advances and global economic changes which continue to the present day. MEN OF THE CLOTH is a film about how these master tailors are navigating their challenging role in the 21st century.
She’s seeking your help to cover the cost of its final editing and release. She has a donor for half of it lined up but needs $20,000 in matching donations to claim it -your help would be sincerely appreciated (donations are tax deductible). There’s also some nice premiums if you choose to claim one (the value of which lowers the tax deduction) such as fabric, DVDs, custom made dress shirts or even a suit ($3k, doesn’t include fabric). For the greatest efficacy of your gift, consider abstaining from collecting a premium (the perk opt-out is the last radio button on the donations page). Personally, I just want to know where I can buy a DVD upon the film’s release. You can find out more on the fundraising page. Updates are also posted to Facebook. View the trailer for a taste of its content, history and personalities.
Vicki mentions all the write ups the effort is garnering; one of which was a mention in WWD. Judging from the donations timeline, I gather that the WWD mention generated less than $200. I think readers of Fashion-Incubator know to whom they owe much no matter how removed tailors are from their daily work and can do better than that. I think of it as paying my dues and hope you will too.