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Committed to the pursuit of perfection in tailored clothing.

Who We Are

The Custom Tailors & Designers Association (CTDA) is the oldest continuously operating trade organization in the United States.  Founded in 1880 in Columbus, Ohio, it was established as a venue through which ideas and techniques for design, pattern making, fitting, cutting and tailoring could be shared and exchanged.

 

Today, more than 135 years later, the organization continues to thrive thanks to the demand for high quality custom clothing – a demand that is ever on the increase as affluent consumers everywhere seek customization in many aspects of their lives.  CTDA members meet the demand with custom clothing and accessories.  Valued vendor associate members provide goods such as custom shirts, fabrics and accessories, as well as cut, make and trim services and other tools vital to CTDA members.  An accredited educational program enriches the expertise of our profession, and provides recognition for those most accomplished in the field.

 

Membership includes distinguished master tailors, designers, custom clothiers and direct sellers who create fine custom clothing for discerning clients throughout the United States and the world.  They are joined by Vendor Members who supply the products and services the merchants need to exercise their craft.

WHAT WE DO

DESIGNER FORUM NEW YORK

Our semiannual trade shows, held in Manhattan, provide a one-stop shopping experience twice a year for merchant members and non-members of the CTDA to interact with fabric vendors, custom-houses, and other suppliers to the trade. The list of invited guests is extensive and includes the finest upscale menswear buyers in the U.S., Canada and around the world. Our hotel suite showroom format promotes a boutique like trade show setting.

 

We are pleased to announce that the Designer Forum New York will be held at at venues like The London Hotel NYC in Midtown Manhattan on January 21-22-23, 2017.

MASTER TAILOR / DESIGNER CERTIFICATION 

The CTDA, created and supported by the custom clothing industry and certified master tailors, is the premier educational organization in America to obtain all the skills necessary to build a successful custom clothing business. The program provides extensive training in all aspects of the custom clothing industry from Measuring to Business Development. All courses are taught by industry experts with extensive knowledge and experience in the course subject.

 

Our Education Program is offered in January and July during the DFNY shows in Manhattan, New York, and can be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years. The Seven (7) Courses total approximately twenty five (25) hours of class time, and are structured to cover each topic from two (2) to five (5) hours in length.

Spring Summit

The CTDA has added a spring summit designed to give both vendors and merchants with a continuing education, and motivational and technical breakout sessions with emphasis on personal interaction, and discussion around common issues facing modern practitioners of custom clothing sales and their manufacturers.

The next summit will be held in May 2017.

Networking

Exceptional opportunities to network with successful CTDA members are a given at any trade show and the Spring Summit. Newcomers are often surprised by the openness and willingness with which knowledge and experience is shared.

A Message From Our President

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I will hold the office of president of the CTDA for 2016 and 2017. The fact that this is the longest continuously running trade organization, I take great responsibility with this title. Over the years, we have seen this storied organization go through some changes, and unfortunately, even some stagnancy.

 

However, in the past two years having served as vice president, I have worked with incredibly passionate members of this organization, and with their support, my two preceding presidents have made tremendous strides in making this organization one that its members can look to as a leading source for information in the industry of tailored clothing.

 

The goals that I intend to accomplish are to enhance our education program, build on the sense of community within our trade and reach the consumers, so that they understand the benefit of working with a CTDA affiliated member.

 

I hope that you will join me and the board of directors, by volunteering for committees or simply helping to spread the word about our great organization! Let’s share the passion that we all have about our great industry and help be a part of this exciting time for the CTDA.

 

Thank you,

Mitch Gambert

Events

Spring Summit

May 2017

The CTDA has added a spring summit designed to give both vendors and merchants with a continuing education, and motivational and technical breakout sessions with emphasis on personal interaction, and discussion around common issues facing modern practitioners of custom clothing sales and their manufacturers.

 

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DESIGNER FORUM NEW YORK

JANUARY 21-23, 2017

Step into the most luxurious setting with your favorite bespoke clothing tailors and designers.  Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Designer Forum New York caters to the finest upscale menswear buyers, in addition to the growing market of bespoke ladies wear buyers, custom clothiers and tailors / designers in the U.S., Canada and from around the world.

 

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