• Cecile Corral

Litton hits 25th year

Claude Litton recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as president of Manhattan Properties Companies, the owner and manager of the 295 Fifth Avenue Textile Building.

"I'll be here as long I can get here," Litton told HTT.

Litton was appointed to his post when the original owner died and the family decided it didn't want to run day-to-day operations. At the time, Litton, a lawyer, was working for a bank on Wall Street.

When he became president, 295 had 80 tenants, only 50 of which were textile companies. Today, 295 – a 17-story building that was built in 1920 — has 165 textile firms.

"My business plan all these years has been to make this the number one textile building," Litton said. "I only want people who attract buyers to market."

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

Featured Video

  • The Countdown to the ICON Honors Continues featuring Christophe Pourny

    Camera Icon More Videos


HTT digital edition

See the May 2017 issue of Home & Textiles Today. In this issue, we discuss our annual Market Basket survey, which finds higher prices and more polyester at leading retailers. See details!