ABC Executive Director Shares Expert Insights at (CTDA) Designer Forum

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) Executive Director Chris White participated as a keynote speaker at the recent Custom Tailors and Designers Association (CTDA) Designer Forum event held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, in New York City. This gathering showcased a dynamic panel of industry experts who captivated a packed audience of clothiers, fabric makers, CMT specialists, fashion media and related professionals.

The CTDA, with a rich heritage dating back to 1888, remains at the forefront of the industry, setting standards and fostering innovation. ABC and CTDA have established a synergistic partnership built on combining the finest in traditional skills development, fashion-forward education and sharing of best practices in the luxury fashion retail space.

The Designer Forum commenced with outgoing president Luke Mayes introducing incoming president Peter Roberti Jr, followed by an expert panel of industry experts, including Chris White of America’s Best Cleaners, Mitch Gambert of Mel Gambert Shirts, Danny and Kenny King of King Brothers Clothiers, Angel Ramos of ANGEL RAMOS | New York, Arnie Roberti of Adrian Jules Custom Clothing and Vincent Thériault of SurMesur.

Throughout the evening, each panelist had the opportunity to share insights and expertise after each gave their ten-minute presentation. Topics ranged from the intricate art of shirtmaking to essential aspects of business planning and brand creation. Discussions delved into the nuances of effective communication, strategies for scaling a business, and the vital importance of garment care in the life cycle of custom clothing.

CTDA President Peter Roberti Jr. shared, “We curated a dynamic panel of experts with diverse skill sets and deep expertise within the custom clothing industry. Chris White from America’s Best Cleaners provided invaluable knowledge crucial to the care of high-end garments alongside experts in manufacturing and branding. The collective impact of our panelists in such a condensed time frame was remarkable, particularly in educating our clients on proper garment care. We eagerly anticipate the continued participation of America’s Best Cleaners in future events.” 

As one of the esteemed panelists, Chris White contributed his perspectives on garment care, highlighting the critical role it plays in preserving the quality and longevity of custom and couture clothing. Through engaging dialogue and practical advice, attendees gained a deeper understanding of the holistic journey involved in creating and maintaining high-end garments.

White shared, “As Executive Director of America’s Best Cleaners, I’m thrilled to celebrate over a decade of collaboration with the Custom Tailors and Designers Association. Our joint efforts, highlighted by my recent keynote at the Designer Forum in New York City, reinforce our commitment to sustainability and excellence in luxury fashion. This partnership elevates our affiliates and the greater industry and advocates for the longevity of well-crafted garments through expert care. Together, we’re setting standards for quality and sustainability, ensuring a lasting impact.”

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