Byline: Stuart Chirls

NEW YORK — It’s been anything but a party this year for the members of the Textile Distributors Association, who took a moment to catch their collective breath Monday at the annual TDA gala held at the Rainbow Room here.
TDA president Martin Tandler, president of Tandler Textile, and executive director Bruce Roberts greeted an enthusiastic crowd of 340 who danced, sipped and nibbled the night away while admiring the splendor of a crystal clear New York evening from the Rainbow’s picture windows high above Rockefeller Center.
“I think we’re looking at next year as improving,” Tandler said. “Inventories are clean and people are adjusting the way they do business. I think it will be a positive year.”
For one night, at least, it was the view — rather than tough business conditions — that took people’s breath away.