About Us


Our History

Mr. J.C. Lofton founded Lofton Custom Tailoring in 1939. He was the first African American to have a tailoring school in conjunction with a thriving business in downtown Washington DC.

J.C. earned an outstanding reputation by providing excellent tailoring and alteration services to Washington politicians, attorneys, entertainers, and other business professionals. His reputation endures as the standard by which Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates service their clients to this day: Quality, Integrity, and





























About Cheryl Lofton

Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates is a premier full service tailoring company based in Washington DC. Cheryl A. Lofton is a Third Generation Tailoress and native Washingtonian. Cheryl was educated in the Washington DC public school system and is a graduate of Howard University. With over 30 years experience, Cheryl began sewing at 12 years of age under the tutelage of her Grandfather, the late J.C. Lofton a self-taught Master Tailor and the first African American tailor to run a business in downtown Washington DC.

At 18 years of age, Cheryl began managing one of the two family tailoring shops. There, she provided excellent alterations and custom tailoring services to may of Washington’ DC’s elite. Recognizing the low number of women patrons that visited the tailor shop, Cheryl began her quest to encourage women to have a personal tailor as well as to educate them about proper fitting garments. She is passionate about making sure that women’s alterations are performed with every curve in mind. Cheryl is currently the owner of Cheryl A Lofton and Associates and like her Grandfather continues to provide custom tailoring and alteration services to the Washington Metropolitan area’s best dressed men and women.


719 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001