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Designer Forum New Location at the Flatotel in Midtown Manhattan

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President Caroline Finberg from the Antique Jewel Box and Mitch Gambert from the Mel Gambert Shirt Line at the Designer Forum at the Flatotel in Midtown Manhattan

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Kristine Trager ;from the Isles Textile Group and Michael Magliano at the Platinum International Apparel Group Adrian Jules, Ltd. at the Designer Forum at ...

Caroine Finberg Founder of Antique Jewel Box poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Designer Forum at the Flatotel in Midtown Manhattan

Kristen Trager Founder of Isle Textile Group poses for a photo-op with TV Host Entertainment Journalist and Fashion Editor Cognac Wellerlane

This year the Designer Forum new location is the luxury Flatotel Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Hosting Designer Forum New York at a roomy more affordable venue demonstrates CTDA’s commitment to support vendors of fine menswear. Flatotel provides two options for designers to exhibit their products: a large ballroom with ample walking areas and a designated floor of suites reserved exclusively for the Forum.

“Our goal is to create an exciting show in a relaxing environment where buyers can discover exclusive, stylish products from new menswear designers and manufacturers,” revealed David Eisele Sr., President of CTDA and owner of Davelle Clothiers, a custom-design men’s clothing store in Reston, Virginia.

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

At the event I had the pleasure of interviewing several brands including: Antique Jewel Box/The Caroline Collection, Adrian Jules Ltd. Platinum International Apparel Group, Loch Bespoke, Mel Gambert Custom Shirtmaker and a Long Island textile company, Isles Textile Group.
The Antique Jewel Box/The Caroline Collection Ltd was established in 1968 by Caroine Finberg and resides in Burke, Virginia more information can be found at
Adrian Jules Ltd., Rochester, NY, was founded in 1964 by Adriano Roberti, master tailor and designer from Brescia, Italy.  Adrian Jules Ltd. has been manufacturing high quality hand tailored men’s custom clothing providing “The Best Worn Secret in America" to their upscale celebrity clientele.
Together through the collaboration of  Arnald and Peter Roberti, they are expanding by promoting our brand to a select group of the best merchants across the country.  I spoke to Managing Director Mike Magliano who expressed the company's mission.  The of Platinum International is to be the best value in the men’s clothing industry. Through their years of manufacturing experience producing high quality garments dovetailed with our extensive collection of world-class fabrics, you will discover that Platinum is the best value in the modern made-to-measure men’s clothing industry.
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The mission of Mel Gambert Custom Shirtmaker is to satisfy thousands of customers that love wearing the perfect Shirt. The brand offers the finest selection of fabrics, interlinings and trims available and they complement their product with an excellent staff to provide the best in customer service.
Today, Mitchell Gambert shares his parent’s passion for reaching the highest level of excellence in detail to every garment they manufacture. He has dedicated himself to learning from his father. Together they encourage growth and new discovery. Mitch comes with an inherent talent from both his parents and the fresh energy that is essential in achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction and keeping the shirts current with the times.
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My last interview was with Kristen Trager Founder of Isle Textile Group.
This Long Island Textile Company, Isles Textile Group Ltd., offers the most extensive and diversified collection of fine British Fabrics to the U.S.A.  Their goal is supplying cut lengths and piece goods to the most esteemed Custom Tailors, Designers, Couturier Houses, Specialty Clothiers, and Costume Houses in North America. Presently they are proud members of the oldest continuous trade association in the United States, the Custom Tailors and Designers Association.
Their mission is to provide superior service as well as the finest quality goods. Excellent customer relations is their priority.

Isles Textile Group Ltd. is located at 208 Route 109 Ste. 102 in
Farmingdale, Long Island.
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and for more information about the Designer Forum please visit www.

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