Western Textiles Closed by P/Kaufmann; Stewart Jervis Out

NEW YORK, New York — P/Kaufmann Inc. has closed its Western Textiles Division, F&FI has learned. Lance Garcy, President of P/Kaufmann could not be reached for comment. Stewart Jervis, President of Western, has also left the company. Western Textiles was a brand/business acquired by P/[...]

Stefan Lasek Joins JF Fabrics

TORONTO, CA—Stefan Lasek has been named National Sales Manager, Contract for JF Fabrics, a  division of Joanne Fabrics. The JF position had been vacant for about six months, it was learned. Lasek joins the company from Kravet Fabrics where he reported to Robert Duban for the past five years[...]

German Editeurs Are Finding Things Very Tough Indeed As They Seek Restructuring and the Local Courts for Salvation

NEW YORK—As the world heads to Proposte for the annual showing of European suppliers, German  editeurs are battling difficult market conditions in the wake of declining sales and poor reorders leaving their vendors and agents out of luck for payments. This will no doubt put a damper on proceed[...]

Letter from the Publisher

It’s not everyday someone hands over the keys to a kingdom- a Fabrics & Furnishings kingdom that is! After building F&FI for 27 years, my father, Eric is turning the business over to me. But don’t worry, he will still be handling all things editorial, so you will still see him around! [...]

Nya Nordiska Voluntarily Reorganizes Business

DANNENBERG, FDR—Nya Nordiska, a medium sized German editeur, filed for protection under the Germany bankruptcy laws February 2 according to a letter sent to its suppliers by Remo Rentgen, CEO. The move to reorganize was made to “adapt our company to the changed market and competitive conditio[...]

Sahco Hesslein Files Voluntary Bankruptcy

NUREMBERG, FDR—Sahco Hesslein, the small German editeur based here has filed for insolvency as of February 8, just two weeks after another German editeur, Nya Nordiska found itself in similar financial straits. “It’s not Germany but the global textile situation,” one veteran textile sourc[...]

China Took 20 Years to Become Manufacturing Force But Now Loses Ground to USA

SHANGHAI/USA—The wheels of the Chinese market have turned so much in the last 20 years that China has given some of the ground won in textiles back to the United States, according to David Li, a Chinese born entrepreneur who has been an American citizen for many years who now spends one third of h[...]

Richard Smith Says Thieves Stole Artwork From Three Companies at Heimtextil But Messe Frankfurt Recommends Hiring Security

FRANKFURT—Theft of intellectual property reared its ugly head at this past Heimtextil January 9-12 in Hall 4.2. Italian mill Vincenzo Molteni, Richard Smith Textile Services (UK) and The French company Theony, at stand F41 were the victims of theft. “I’m very sorry that a paper design wa[...]

“Wowed” By An Unexpected Icelandic Adventure

Everybody is familiar with the expression, “Be careful what you wish for!”  In my case, that is exactly what had happened on my trip home from Heimtex. When I was booking my flight to Germany way back in October, I was put off by the high prices for flights to Frankfurt, in particular.  It [...]

Bill Geiger Quietly Takes Retirement, Paves Way for Frank Andrew, New Carole President

AUGUSTA, Georgia — After 45 years with Carole Fabrics, Bill Geiger, President and CEO decided to retire but will continue to consult with the company and make a smooth transition possible with Frank Andrew, the new President. The changes, which happened last July, were never announced publicly [...]

M. L. Arora Founder of Dicitex Furnishings, 75

MUMBAI — M.L. Arora, the founder of Dicitex Furnishings Pvt. was born August 18, 1942 and passed August 28, 2017. Arora left his native village in Punjab India as a school kid in order to relocate to Mumbai. He was unable to continue his studies for want of money and his responsibility to look [...]

Boyteks Develops Highly Technical Fabrics

KAYSERI, TURKEY—Boyteks, a major upholstery fabric weaver has developed a series of technologies which creates a fabric that is either easy to clean with water,  its ‘Clean Ink’ brand; photocatalytic coatings which can produce relatively germ free, self cleaning indoor and outdoor fabric surf[...]

Flokser Regroups; Closes Down Former Microfibres Operations in USA Moves Flock Equipment to Turkey

GREENSBORO, North Carolina ­— In less than six months, Flokser of Turkey, a major flock producer in China and Turkey opened and then partially closed the former Microfibres flock operation in Pawtucket, RI and Winston Salem. Some of the Microfibers flock manufacturing equipment has been moved [...]

Julie Morris Named VP Sales, Kravet; 29 Year Veteran Susan Lorenz to Retire

BETHPAGE, NY — Julie Morris has joined Kravet Fabrics Corp. as Vice President of Sales. She reports to John Dull, Executive Vice President, Sales. Morris will follow a trail blazed by Susan Lorenz, a 29-year veteran of Kravet who retired in February from full time work but continued part tim[...]

Marc Layne Named Arc-Com President

ORANGEBURG, NY—Marc Layne  has been named President of Arc-Com a hospitality and contract specialist jobber. Marc joined the executive management team at Arc-Com in 2016.  Previously, he spent two decades as an investment banker for Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan and most recently, RBC Capital Mar[...]

Many Think Ken Gold is The Converter’s Converter, He Travels the Globe, Shops Heimtextil Hard

FARMINGDALE, NY—After 43 years at the helm of Doral Textiles, a small converter based in the USA, Ken Gold has established his reputation as the converter’s converter. This opinion is shared by more than a few agents and peers in the decorative fabric industry. Says one veteran decorative [...]

A Short History of Doral Fabrics

Doral was started as a converter of handbag fabrics by Ken’s grandad Max in 1940. Ken’s father Eugene found a niche for interior furnishings under his reign. “My grandfather travelled eight months of the year and my father frequently joined him. Grandad also sold silk goods to Curt Pindler’s[...]

Fiama Textiles Wants New Residential Business

NEW YORK­­—Fiama Textiles, Inc. is a mill direct resource currently selling two accounts, Crate and Barrel and Arhaus. “We work with them on exclusive products for them alone,” says Leonardo Novik, one of the two partners. The other is Thiago Omati. “We develop for them alone and the[...]

French Editeurs See Growth in Custom Fabrics With No Interest In Off the Shelf Curtain Panel, Readymade Business

PARIS—French wholesalers including Pierre Frey, Thereon, Créations Métaphores and Nobilis Fontan are committed to selling custom fabrics from European suppliers and Indian made embroideries with the view that off the shelf curtain panels are products better left to retailers like IKEA. In fac[...]

Stephen Levine Named Creative Director Of The Robert Allen Duralee Group™

HAUPPAUGE, New York — The Robert Allen Duralee Group™ has Named Stephen Levine Creative Director, overseeing the Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Duralee and DF Monogram brands. Stephen will be responsible for leading the company’s efforts in developing, managing and maintaining The RAD Group reside[...]

Osborne & Little Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Paris Deco Off

PARIS—Osborne & Little belongs to “the high end editeur’s club but we manage to offer cheaper prices than our competitors, say for instance Pierre Frey, because we source some of our fabrics in China, while maintaining suppliers in Belgium, Italy and India for embroideries,” says Yannick[...]

Designers Continue to Play Musical Chairs With American Jobbers

NEW YORK­—Sumitra Mattai has been named Senior Design Director for Scalamandre Design Studio.She will be in charge of Scalamandre product development. She replaces Susan North who left Scalamandre to join Jim Thompson, The Thai Silk Company Limited as Senior Design Director. North had been [...]

Klingensmith Leaves Z+R

NEW YORK—(USA) Robin Klingensmith, design director for Hodsoll Mckenzie and Travers brands at Zimmer + Rohde since 2015 has left the company, it was learned. Klingensmith’s tenure with Z+R predates 2015 when Erin Finn left the company in October, 2015. Finn was designing for Travers only but [...]

Producers Say Vegetable Dyed Fabrics Made of COEX® Offer Fire Proof Protection

Milan, Italy — COEX®, reportedly the first and only fully fireproof fiber of vegetable origin, is increasing its presence at iinternational trade fairs in Europe, namely Heimtextil 2018 for the third year. In Frankfurt, publishers Alessandro Bini | Tessuti d’Italia, Gunther Maasberg and Torr[...]

CDI, Valley Forge Offer One Stop Drapery/Roller Shade Installation

Fort Lauderdale, Florida —Valley Forge Fabrics expects to raise the bar on faster delivery of finished window treatments to the hotel industry according to Mikey Dobin, CEO. With the Valley Forge Fabrics acquisition of CDI (Contract Décor International), the newly developed company – CDI, a [...]

Patty Wilson Named Covington VP Contract

NEW YORK—Patty Wilson has been named Vice President of Contract Sales Covington Fabrics & Design LLC. She took the position that was previously held by Craig Shirk who passed unexpectedly last year. Patty joined Covington in February, 2017 as Contract Sales director and at the end of Nov[...]

Rizzy Hospitality Formed to Sell Indoor and Outdoor Rugs, Bedding

NEW YORK—Rizzy Home, based in Calhoun, Georgia and Delhi, India is throwing its hat in the contract ring with a line of better quality machine made rugs in polypropylene, polyester and wool that will be exported to the USA from Delhi and stocked in Calhoun. He anticipates doing $18-$20 million [...]

Alison Goldman Named VP Sourcing, Fabric Innovations

MIAMI, FL—Alison Goldman has been named Vice President of Sourcing at Fabric Innovations, a hospitality bedding, drapery and fabric jobber here. She reports to Deborah Herman, President and Principal. She was previously the Vice President of Marketing & Design for Zavi Textiles since 201[...]

Enduratex Launches LeatherPlus Engineered Leather

CORONA, CA — Enduratex, a provider of performance upholstery fabrics, has offered an engineered leather composite fabric that is different from bonded leather and priced competitively versus a leather hyde. LeatherPlus™ is reportedly an earth-friendly, leather-derived and upcycled leather col[...]

Zhongwang Pulls Plug on European Division

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—After four months on the market, Z-Wovens Europe has ceased operations under Guy Parmentier due to the high cost of developing new designs for the European market in the face of disappointing orders. The first collection was launched in Brussels at the MoOD 2017 exhibition in [...]

MoOD Sold to Easyfairs

BRUSSELS—Easyfairs, a Brussels based trade show organizer has purchased MoOD, the annual decorative fabrics, window covering, upholstery and wall covering exhibition from Textirama. The current management headed by Patrick Geysels will continue to manage MoOD under the new ownership. The nex[...]

On-Em Enters New Markets Under Dogan

BURSA, TURKEY—Levent Dogan joined On-Em January 1 as the head of the contract, transportation and high end (Editeur) division. These represent all new markets for On-Em, a 20-year-old mill here with new management under Onur Karapinar, the second generation family owner. Dogan says he will h[...]

Keyston Hits 150!

Keyston Bros., Atlanta, GA based fabric jobber celebrated 150 years in business recently. Here’s Mark Schechter, Senior VP and National Sales Manager with Elaine Schroeder, Senior Sales Manager and Dee Duncan, President and CEO. [...]

Anzaldi Joins CTA

BARI, Italy ­— Patrizia Anzaldi has been named Export Manager at Centro Tendaggi Arredamento srl (CTA) in Bari, Italy with an office in Milan. She previously held a similar position at Giber for seven years. [caption id="attachment_15697" align="alignright" width="300"] Patricia Anzaldi and[...]

Evteks Makes Fashion Statement

ISTANBUL—The 24th running of Evteks in Istanbul has new show dates of April 24-28 according to Istanbul Trade Fairs, a division of CNR Expo, the show organizer. The reason for the new dates had to do with the fact that Ramadan starts the 15th of May this year and the old show dates would have c[...]