By  on January 15, 2009

There is an old guard of tailors in New York City who will tell you tailoring is a dying art. They fit a common profile: born in Italy, generally in the south, where they learned the trade of suit making as apprentices before immigrating to the U.S. They are as young as 60, but many are older, and some say they are the last; that they are not being replaced.

“No one wants to be a tailor anymore,” said Pasquale DeFalco, 78, one of six master tailors at Martin Greenfield Clothiers Ltd., a suit shop in Brooklyn that produces handmade garments for the likes of Brooks Brothers and Band of Outsiders.

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