As one of the country's oldest custom tailors, Walter Beauchamp Tailors has nurtured a unique civilian and military tailoring business for over a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Beauchamp family since 1908, the company appeared on the brink of permanent closure in 2014 but it's renaissance was ensured with Gian-Paolo Mazzotta who has taken over as creative director and through his work celebrates both the family history and committed clientele of Walter Beauchamp Tailors.
Walter Beauchamp :: A Tailored History of Toronto is a lively tale of how this vaunted company has survived the effects of world wars and the Great Depression, store relocations and the wrecking ball, as well as the fickle face of fashion retail-with grace, elegance, and, always, discretion. Told from the intimate perspective of a custom tailor, here in this book are stories of officers and soldiers as well as prime ministers, mayors and judges, artists and explorers, and men and women from all walks of life. Along the way, the book reveals an intriguing history of Toronto - from the precipitous changes of the twentieth century to its growth into a globally renowned city it is today- all from the vantage point of the Beauchamp shop windows.
"I have always had a great deal of admiration for the Beauchamp family. They are an integral part of the fabric of the city of Toronto and their character and love for the art of tailoring are captured in this book."