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Education & Certifications

We will offer courses on January 20-22, 2018 in NYC.

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Designer Forum New York

January 20-22, 2018, London NYC Hotel

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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 from the United States and from around the world who create fine custom clothing for discerning clients.  They are joined by Vendor Members who supply the products and services the merchants need to exercise their craft.

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

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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.

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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 April 2018. Check back for updates as the planning process is underway.

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Mitch Gambert


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, Mel Gambert Shirtmaker