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OM X NXNE / June 19, 2015 / Opera House



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.

The glory of our shoe wall. ...



Whether you are purchasing a made-to-measure or off the rack suit, no two suits from Sydney’s are the same. Our expert tailors work with each client to ensure that the fit is absolutely perfect and exactly what they’re looking for. 

Pictured above, Blue Rodeo receives the Governor General Performing Arts Award (GGPAs) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in Sydney’s suiting.  

From left to right, Jim Cuddy (far left), Bazil Donovan (third from left), Glenn Milchem (fifth from left), and Colin Cripps (far right) wear suiting from Sydney’s.  

Created in 1992, the GGPAs are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life. 

Like Blue Rodeo, our suiting is proudly made in Canada. 

Image via the Governor General of Canada website

Sydney’s is Toronto’s premier independent menswear’ retail shop. Owner and head buyer Sydney Mamane has spent over a decade, evolving his menswear retail business from a bespoke suiting and denim service to one of the world’s finest menswear destinations.

We are a multi-brand menswear shop located in Toronto’s Queen West neighborhood. Sydney’s offers a carefully curated selection of contemporary and designer clothing, footwear, and accessories – many of which are exclusive to Sydney’s and of limited availability worldwide.

Sydney’s aesthetic is minimal with an acute focus on quality. Throughout the store, one is likely to observe clean lines, slim modern shapes and silhouettes, thoughtful design, innovative construction, minimal detailing, predominantly neutral palettes, and elegant fabrics.

Some of the brands we stock