Glen Raven Closes Sunbury Mills Purchase October 1

GLEN RAVEN, NC—Glen Raven Mills Inc., a global textile manufacturer, has acquired its longtime co-branding and jacquard upholstery marketing partner Sunbury Mills. With the acquisition, Glen Raven also acquires several Sunbury licensed brands including Crypton,® and Nanotex Asure. Even before[...]

Raymakers Taps Rietveld

HELMOND, The Netherlands—Bas Rietveld has been named International Sales Director of Raymakers Royal Dutch Textile Mills here. He joined the company in February. He is responsible for sales in the USA and Canada in addition to his more local duties in Europe working with two area managers. He [...]

William L. ‘Bill’ Jones Passes, 81

LAKE WORTH, FL—William L. ‘Bill’ Jones died September 5, 2017 after battling various illnesses over a two-year period, each time rallying back. At his request, funeral services were not held. Bill was a well-respected and dynamic marketer of fabrics for the cruise ship industry and w[...]

Coulisse Names Boorgaard CEO

ENTER, The Netherlands--Rob Boorgaard was named CEO of Coulisse BV, the roller shade manufacturer. He reports to Christiaan Roetering, the founder and owner of Coulisse with his brother Maurice. Boorgaard is a member of several corporate Boards and was a former President of Interface, the car[...]

WeaveUp Produces Digitally Printed Hospitality Fabric Samples In Three Days

DURHAM, NC—The printed textile industry worldwide is $200-$300 billion worldwide, according to Flint Davis, President of WeaveUp, a digital printing specialist. He expects digital printing, still in its infancy with only three to four percent of the world printed textile market, to take over 50[...]

Knud Langhoff, 88

DRAGOER, DENMARK-- Knud Langhoff, a well-known and longtime textile veteran, one of the last all-round textile experts, passed away here (near Copenhagen) August 5th at the age of 88. Two weeks earlier he lost one of his sons after a longtime illness, a close friend told F&FI. Knud is survived [...]

Warwick Australia Targets India to Capitalize on Fast Paced India Market; Opens India Based Sales Office, Warehouse

NEW DELHI, India — Warwick Australia has established direct India operations to market its furnishing fabric collections based on India’s high emerging market potential says Cameron Warwick, Warwick Joint Managing Director. He timed the announcement to the Heimtextil India exhibition in June.[...]

Arc/Com Second Generation Management Takes Hold As Firm Morphs From Healthcare Dominant to More Important Hospitality Supplier

ORANGEBURGH, New York — Arc/Com, a privately held, contract jobber, is transitioning to its second family generation of management with Jeff Layne co-founder still at the wheel with his team. “I joined Arc/Com because I see the opportunity to help this business grow and scale,” says Marc La[...]

Bru Textiles, Charles Dunlop Textiles Join Forces in Pacific Rim, Also Export Markets

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — James Dunlop Textiles, founded in 1907 and now managed by the fourth generation of the Dunlop Family has recently merged into a new group of textile companies which will be named James Dunlop Group (JDG) according to John Dunlop, Chairman and Gary Neiman, Chairman of Br[...]

The Wizard of Plainville, Kansas is Chuck Comeau, CEO of Dessin Fournir, Creator/Acquirer of 13 Companies in 24 Years

PLAINVILLE, KS — Kansas was the location for the 1939 iconic hit “The Wizard of Oz” but Plainville, Kansas is the location of a new wizard in the name of Chuck Comeau. He is the founder of Dessin Fournir, the parent of 13 home furnishings companies that started in 1993 with $250,000 in start-u[...]

Designers Give Van Maele New Life Through O.J. Van Maele Acquisition – Old World Linen Supplier Gains Financial Clout, Restructures Operations

TIELT, BE — Van Maele Weavers, a linen weaver since 1906 has recovered from tough times thanks to the sale of 60 per cent of the company to Garnell-Lake LLC, a group which also operates three company owned showrooms in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York known as Dessin Fournir based in Plainville, [...]

York Sells Minority Interest to Others, Including Outside Saudi Investors for Undisclosed Price; Kalwani Family Still Controls

DUBAI, UAE ­— York Furnishings, considered an important wholesaler and importer of better furnishing fabrics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has sold a minority stake to outside investors. “We would like to officially inform F&FI that we now have strategic equity partne[...]

Chivasso Co-Founder Richard J. Schutte To Retire; Sold Chivasso to Jab Anstoetz Group in Year 2000

COMO, Italy — Afer 30 years at the helm of fabric wholesaler and editeur Chivasso, co-founder Richard Schutte, told friends at Proposte that he will leave the company at year end. His exact future plans are not known at this time but Schutte, as CEO and his wife Ellen, founded Chivasso Holding [...]

Crypton® Names New VP of Marketing

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan — July 10, 2017 – The Crypton Companies has hired Matt Targett as Vice President of Marketing, a new position. He will be based in the company’s Bloomfield Hills office. Targett joins Crypton after 7 years at La-Z-Boy, Inc. as the Vice President of Digital Cust[...]

Mitloedi Is Considered the ‘Printers’ Printer

MITLEID/GLARUS, CH—Mitloedi Textildruck AG is known as a printers’ printer as it offers low minimums, as little as 60 meters, high quality work, and techniques that few if any other printers can offer according to Mitloedi customers--editeurs and manufacturers. Mitloedi Textildruck AG is a Sw[...]

Milliken Names Jennifer K. Harmon Vice President, Specialty Interiors

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — Milliken has named Jennifer K. Harmon as its new Vice President of the specialty interiors business, which is part of the company’s Performance & Protective Textiles Division. Harmon, who was previously vice president of design and interim vice president of s[...]

Galloway Named President Robert Allen Duralee Contract; Amy Silberman Departs

HAUPPAUGE, NY — Kerry Galloway was  been named President of Robert Allen Duralee Group Contract division in April. He was previously Vice President of Robert Allen Contract prior to the merger of Robert Allen and Duralee March 31. [caption id="attachment_15286" align="alignright" width="300[...]

Richard Oussoren, Pieter van Acker Purchase Acker Mill

GEMERT, The Netherlands—The acquisition of Johann van den acker by the principal of Raymakers and a sixth generation member of the van den Acker family may lead to coordinated velvet and flat weave collections for the two companies according to Pieter van den Acker. Johan van den Acker Textielf[...]

Penelope’s Tasman Picks Passion Over Money; Boutique Mill Holds its Own in Upholstery World

COMO, Italy — “There are more successful companies than Penelope if the criteria for business is only how much money you generate but our goal was to create a company that is long lasting as opposed to a short term success,” says Murat Tasman, co-principal of Penelope. What do you expect to[...]

Indian Furnishing Markets Continue to be Subdued in 2017, Though Hopes Aspire for a Better Time Ahead

BANGALORE, India — India Indian furnishing markets already subdued from last 18 months, the trade and suppliers wait and aspire for a better time are ahead. Since mid-2015 the oversupply situation has not improved but has worsened in the year 2017.  The real estate markets are depressed and have [...]

Vay Adds Tutti Frutti Flavored Linens to Vanilla Synthetics

COMO, Italy — Vay S.p.A has changed its product strategy to fit the times by offering 100 percent linen instead of only synthetics with three times more product than previously offered according to Giovanni Vaj, principal of this Chieri, Italy based converter. “We’re concentrating on trying[...]

Run Ivy, Run!

Ivy Berman is currently competing at short distances, 800 meters, 1 mile, 5K. “In running I strive to improve my times and support my team mates.  I’m considered to be All American and National Class and age competitive.  It’s about focus and discipline. My husband likes to brag about my [...]

Veteran Upholstery Jockey Mike Czarnecki Rides New Horse in Flock Race

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Mike Czarnecki, a veteran of the upholstery fabric trade has landed a new mount as U.S. sales manager for the resurrected Microfibres® brand now owned and produced by Flokser of Turkey. Microfibres will introduce a new velvet line priced from $4.95 for plains and $[...]

Warp Knitted Upholstery Rounds Out Boyteks Product Line Up According to Mustafa Yildirim, General Manager

KAYSERI, TR — Boyteks has developed a $20 million business in value priced warp knits for headboards, mattress covers and more recently, a line of velvet upholstery in an unlimited color range for sofa and furniture manufacturers worldwide, says Mustafa Yildirim, General Manager. Yildirim was o[...]

Valdese Produces Justina Blakeney Collection; Fabric.com Offers 50 sku’s

VALDESE, North Carolina – Justina Blakeney’s first fabric collection produced by Valdese Weavers is being offered for sale on Fabrics.com, the Amazon owned site. About 50 sku’s are on offer at $22-$45 yard retail prices per yard. “Justina’s free-spirited aesthetic translates well int[...]

Amardeep Opens Modern Warehouse, Trades Up Fabric

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Amardeep, a 34-year-old company, has opened “a state of the art, 6,250 square meter warehouse with cutting machines in place” according to Ashok Nanwani, the owner. “Business is slow but sure right now and it has been that way for the past several months,” Nanwani adm[...]

Craig Shirk, 65, Covington’s Mr. Contract, Passes

NEW YORK, New York — Craig Shirk, Vice President of Contract Sales for Covington Fabrics & Design LLC passed away of natural causes on May 28 at his home in Tavares, Florida. He was 65 and joined Covington in 2010. Under Shirk’s direction Covington successfully reestablished the compan[...]

Americans, Germans Pass On Evteks This Year But That May Change with New Show Dates

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The 2017 version of Evteks May 16/20 saw aisles crowded with visitors but where they came from represented a marked change from previous Turkish exhibitions. There was a great influx of visitors from the Middle East including Iran and Iraq and also Russia. More importantly, t[...]

RICHARD LIM JOINS ROCKLAND INDUSTRIES

Baltimore, Maryland--Rockland Industries, Inc. has appointed Richard Lim, principal of Fabs & Fabs representing Rockland in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Rockland is the producer of Roc-lon® branded residential and commercial drapery linings and blackout drape[...]

Pelusio Joins Richloom Hospitality

NEW YORK--Lauren Somers Pelusio has joined Richloom Contract as Creative Director Hospitality Fabrics reporting to John Ringer; VP of Corporate Sales. Pelusio previously worked at Duralee Fabrics for 15 years, where she created exclusive product and helped develop open number collections for the [...]

Publisher’s Mom, Gertrude M. Schneider, 102  

RIVERDALE, NY—Gertrude Milchman Schneider, almost 103, died peacefully at home in Riverdale, NY on Monday, June 26. She is the mother of the publisher of Fabrics & Furnishings International. Her involvement with political causes and letter writing had a big influence on her family, especial[...]

Richloom Sells Readymade Division to Keeco

NEW YORK—Richloom Fabrics Group has sold its reportedly $50 million readymade bedding and window coverings division to Keeco for an undisclosed purchase price. In doing so, Richloom management has made an important strategic decision to focus its energies on the home furnishings piecegoods busi[...]

Chivasso Co-Founder Richard J. Schutte To Retire; 

COMO, IT—After 30 years at the helm of fabric wholesaler and editeur Chivasso, co-founder Richard Schutte, told friends at Proposte that he will leave the company at year end. [caption id="attachment_15216" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ellen Steentjes and Richard J. Schutte[/caption] His e[...]

Milliken Names Jennifer K. Harmon as Vice President, Specialty Interiors

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Milliken has named Jennifer K. Harmon as its new Vice President of the specialty interiors business, which is part of the company’s Performance & Protective Textiles Division. Harmon, who was previously vice president of design and interim vice president of sales at [...]

Galloway named President of Robert Allen Duralee Group Contract division

HAUPPAUGE, NY—Kerry Galloway has been named President of Robert Allen Duralee Group Contract division in April. He was previously Vice President of Robert Allen Contract prior to the merger of Robert Allen and Duralee March 31. At the same time, Amy Silberman Benjamin, Vice President of Dura[...]