With a long history of quality and service, Q-T Foundations is proud of the customer relationships that have been developed over the years. The motivation at QT Intimates has always been simple, but relentless – make a product that does the job it’s supposed to do – be supportive and stylish – and make it better year after year. We believe our success has been due to understanding our customers changing needs - so when there are opportunities to improve our collection and our products, we do it.
Founded in 1914 by Max Kutzin, the company was originally called Penrod. In 1933, the company had 120 sewing machines turning out foundation garments for woman of the depression era who still wanted and needed the support. In 1935, a move to upstate New York proved disastrous and the business eventually closed.
But not long after, Max persuaded his two sons, Milton and Aaron, to start up a new foundation company – the name chosen for the new venture was Famous Foundations. But once again disaster struck the Kutzin family. In 1943, as World War II made materials scarce and merchandising impossible, Max and his sons were forced to close the business.
After two failed attempts, the Kutzin’s were still anxious to get back into business. So in 1945, after returning from the service during the War, Milton once again joined his father Max in business, founding what is today known as Q-T Foundations, Co. Inc. One of the first fabric manufactures to supply Q-T was Darlington Fabrics, whose initial fabric delivery of 100 yards set the company in motion. After that, it wasn’t long before Q-T was among 50 other foundation manufacturers exhibiting their garments during market week, which at that time was held at the Vanderbilt Hotel.
After several years of continued growth, the business flourished and more space was required. Q-T’s full time factories were producing girdles and bras at capacity. In 1954, Q-T moved it’s offices, warehouse, and sewing factory to a 10,000 square foot building in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Just a few years later, Q-T doubled its space and purchased another 10,000 square foot building in order to expand it’s growing business.
In 1974 Larry Kutzin, Milton’s son, and Ronald Kutzin, Aaron’s son, joined the company as Operations Manager and Distribution Manager, respectively.
Because of various factors affecting domestic production in the 1960’s, Q-T began to import bras from the Far East. With the shift in concentration from domestic to off-shore manufacturing, Q-T began to downsize the Bergenfield factory and consolidated into one 10,000 square foot building.
In 1976 the company bought Do-All Bras, which were sold in major department stores and fine specialty shops across the country. In 1992 Q-T bought the Nene Maternity Company, adding to our extensive line of maternity bras, girdles, and panties. In 1993 Q-T began selling a full bridal line including strapless, gel cups, and pads. Around the same time the company started doing business as Q-T Intimates.
Q-T’s business took a dramatic turn in 1995 when we began to enter the fashion market of intimate apparel. QT sold it’s first RED bra set in 1995, and has continued to expand upon the fashion missy and plus business ever since.
Our current showroom at 152 Madison Avenue in New York City allows us to market our line to buyers and retailers from all over the world. With sales representation around the country and throughout the world, coupled with our ecommerce web site, qtbras.com, Q-T’s share of the market continues to grow. In 2005 we assumed the licensing for the La Leche League International Intimates line of nursing and maternity apparel.
In 1998 Q-T moved to a new warehouse and distribution center in Norwood, New Jersey.
While Milton Kutzin has worked continually for the business for over 55 years, he retired in 2000 and today his son Larry and nephew Ron continue to coordinate the daily operations. Meryl Kutzin, Larry’s wife of 35+ years, joined the company in 1983 and now heads the merchandise and production staff, overseeing the U.S. sales force as well as the off-shore production facilities.
In 2011, Q-T’s offices moved to our current location in Oradell, New Jersey. Our warehouse is now located in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
In 2012, Evan, Larry and Meryl’s youngest son (also Milton’s grandson and Max’s great-grandson), joined Q-T as the new Operations Manager – marking the start of the 4th generation of the company.