by Karen Alberg Grossman

It was a provocative discussion on the future of custom clothing in America at the CTDA show in New York last week, as top custom clothing experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of this business. I had the privilege of moderating; the panelists were:

Leonard Logsdail – Owner and Bespoke Tailor, Leonard Logsdail

Dara Lamb – Designer and Owner, Dara Lamb Atelier

Angel Ramos – Chief Creative Officer, 18th Amendment

Peter Roberti – Owner, Adrian Jules Retail

Trevor Shimpfky – Vice President, Paul Stuart

Emily Reuter – Director of Custom Clothing, Trunk Club

Dan Trepanier – CEO and Creative Director, Articles of Style

Among the most heated topics: Is the entry of affordable made-to-measure clothing a good or bad thing for the industry? Should custom clothiers ask for references? Does custom need to be about suits or is there potential in custom casual? How important is social media to promote custom? Are consumers more inspired by high-impact visuals or by educational storytelling? How do clothiers retain product integrity with today’s race to the bottom in price?

Find out answers to all of this and more in the video below. For information on the next custom clothing panel contact

Watch last week’s entire panel discussion here.