Chivasso Co-Founder Richard J. Schutte To Retire; 

COMO, IT—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. [caption id="attachment_15216" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ellen Steentjes and Richard J. Schutte[/caption] His ex[...]

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[...]

Bru Textiles, James Dunlop Textiles Joins Forces in Pacific Rim, Also Export Markets

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ—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 Bru Textiles,[...]

Covington’s Contract Man, Craig Shirk, 65

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

Lee Giller Passes

AKRON, OHIO--Lee Steven Giller, founder of B. Berger and Bailey & Griffin a hardware and fabrics jobber died April 28 just shy of his 60th birthday due to the effects of a 12-year battle with breast cancer. The Family requests that donations be sent to the Breast Man Walking Team for the Susa[...]

Driven By Z-Wovens USA Success, Zhongwang Launches Z-Wovens Europe Under Direction of Guy Parmentier

Ypres, Belgium — Z-Wovens Europe, a subsidiary of Zhongwang Holding Group of Hangzhou China has established itself in Europe under the direction of Guy Parmentier, a well-known export specialist and consultant based in Europe. Parmentier under his Eutex Agency, was an important advisor to many [...]

Gebruder Munzert’s Energy Independence Drives Philosophy Behind the New Pivot Collection Shown at Proposte

NAILA-MARLESREUTH, Germany — Gebruder Munzert, a 91-year-old jacquard weaving mill here is reaping benefits from its early attention to environmentally sound production. “Our new “Pivot” product line officially launched at Proposte 2017. combines color with an incredible soft hand by util[...]

Letter From Proposte

COMO, Italy — You’re either the best at what you do or you’re the least expensive. Everything in between is questionable. This is true in every industry but it is especially true in decorative fabrics and upholstery. This was made very clear at Proposte and International Observatory l[...]

Sunbury Makes Move to Larger Chelsea Space

NEW YORK—Sunbury Textiles Mills, a jacquard weaver based in Sunbury, PA., has moved to a larger office and design studio here from 10,000 square feet in SoHo to 12,500 square feet in the Chelsea area on 25th Street. At the same time, Sunbury has created a new corporate brand under the direction[...]

Carleton House, Dogwood Fabrics Merge

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland —Effective May 1, Carleton House Fabrics a family owned fabric wholesaler here since 1952 will merge with Dogwood Fabrics of Atlanta, Georgia according to Don Hurwitz, principal of Carleton House. Rick and Pat Mcinnis are the owners of Dogwood, a 72-year old wholesaler. [...]

Walker Greenbank Adds Clarke & Clarke To Its Fabric Portfolio

DENHAM, UK—Walker Greenbank has acquired Clarke & Clarke for a reported price of £42.5 million over a four-year period. The annual sales of Clarke & Clarke are reportedly £18 million. One industry veteran commented “there is a shortage of good companies for sale and that is why [...]

Daiichi Kasei Company Buys Ultrafabrics LLC

KYOTO, JAPAN­—Daiichi Kasei Co. has acquired 100 percent of Ultrafabrics LLC, the artificial leather distributor in Tarrytown, NY (USA) in mid-February, 2017. Daiichi Kasei is a Japan based company primarily engaged in the production and sale of synthetic leather. According to a report by R[...]

TSG Finishing Targets Contract Fabric Finishes

HICKORY, North Carolina: TSG Finishing, LLC is proud to introduce the DEFEND® brand of high performance finishing technology to better meet the needs of the contract upholstery and wall covering marketplace. “The contract hospitality and residential markets have made it very clear that current[...]

The Design Archive Opens UK Showroom

LONDON–The Design Archive, Sharon Crowson’s new company has opened its first showroom on Lots Road near the Chelsea Design Center here. The new fabrics are re-colored  designs from the Crowson archive. Crowson was a successful U.K. Converter which closed its doors a few years ago. Sharon [...]

Printer, Editeur, Converter Panaz Becomes Major Global Contract Player Driven Hard by 30 Year Veteran Tony Attard

LANCASHIRE, UK—Panaz Ltd. has evolved as a major contract printer, converter and designer of contract fabrics with sales in the $25 million range but CEO Tony Attard expects to double business in the next five years. The company owns state of the art printing machines capable of printing 200 me[...]

Eric Lazarus Joins Aperture Contract, Charles Samelson’s New Roller Shade Division

New York, New York—Eric Lazarus, 30 years plus hospitality industry veteran has been named Vice President of Aperture Contract, the newest addition to the Charles Samelson, Inc. family of brands, focused on providing a unique collection of decorative roller shades for the commercial marketplace. [...]

High Performance Fabrics Drives Culp Upholstery Sales, While Bonded Leather Sales Take Back Seat to Live Smart

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Sales of Culp Inc.’s high-performance fabrics introduced in 2016 are running 40% ahead of the company’s similar categories, says Liam Waters, Culp’s Vice President, Marketing. ‘Live Smart,’ Culp’s performance brand is supplanting the company’s previous[...]

La-Z-Boy Buys 10 Million Yards Annually

La-Z-Boy, a Monroe, Michigan based manufacturer, introduced “I-Clean” high-performance fabric on its mid-price-range upholstered prototypes at the April, 2016 International Home Furnishings Market.  They reportedly were very pleased by initial retailer response and extremely excited by sales fi[...]

Covington Off to Fast 2017 Start, Offers New Jennifer Adams Collections at Showtime

NEW YORK — Covington Fabric & Design LLC is entering the second half of 2017 with “the best start ever and an expected overall sales increase for the year at ten percent or better,” according to Greg Tarver, CEO. “Our retail and chain business is up significantly in spite of the loss [...]

Rockland’s Kresel Builds Birdhouses, Sells Blackout!

BALTIMORE, MD —  In 1997 Rockland Mills Executive VP Sales Mark Kresel ended his career as a international fishing angler due to a mishap with a 900 pound Mako Shark. After working  the Shark for six hours he finally gave in and “I have him hanging on my wall–all fourteen feet of him!” [...]

John Lowe Joins F&FI

HIGH POINT, NC—John Lowe, veteran journalist with the High Point Enterprise has joined Sipco Publications Inc. as a contributing editor. [caption id="attachment_15085" align="alignleft" width="280"] John Lowe[/caption] Lowe worked for the Enterprise in various positions from assistant news e[...]

Milliken Makes Late Performance Fabrics Entry With ‘Breathe™’

SPARTANBURG, SC—Milliken & Company is re-entering the residential upholstery fabric field with a patented, trademarked performance fabric named Breathe™. The first sale of Breathe has been made on a direct basis to the retailer Pottery Barn with 200 stores. “Pottery Barn has made the co[...]

Valdese Buys Circa 1801 Plant

VALDESE, North Carolina — Valdese Weavers has purchased the Circa1801 facility in Connelly Springs, NC, according to Michael Shelton, President & CEO. The 156,000 square foot structure houses the Circa 1801 Design studio, administrative  offices, and manufacturing plant. The building was c[...]

Tony Attard Also Chairman of Alusid, Architectural Glass Recycler

LANCASHIRE—Alusid is a manufacturer of recycled ceramics and glass from sinks, bathtubs and television screen glass that would otherwise go into the landfill. The Silicastone product line is used for indoor/outdoor surfaces in the same way a designer would use stone, according to Tony Attard, C[...]

Financial Firm Buys Carnegie Major Stake

ROCKVILLE CENTER, New York — Carnegie has finalized an agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to a financial partner named Calera Capital based in Boston, MA. The  purchase price is not disclosed. Cliff Goldman, Carnegie second generation family owner will remain a minority share[...]

Dicitex Furnishings Teams Up With Bollywood Star Hrithik Roshan to Launch Digital Home Solution in Local Market

MUMBAI—Bollywood Star and   ‘Greek God’ Hrithik Roshan has turned into an interior enthusiast since he became the Brand ambassador of Dicitex Furnishings. Together with the Arora’s, the owners of Dicitex, they have launched DCTEX Digital Solutions software to over 700+ top retailers fr[...]

The Crypton® Companies Acquired By Berkley Capital

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan — The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC & Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets,  announced April 3 that Berkley Capital, LLC  has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital will become majority owners [...]

Kathy Dotterer Styles Up Brentwood Textiles While Company Triples Sales Volume Since It Was Acquired Three Years Ago

HIGH POINT, North Carolina — With the guidance and financial support of parent company STI, Brentwood Textiles has tripled its sales as a converter of upholstery and decorative fabrics since it was purchased in 2015 according to Sean Gibbons, STI’s CEO. “I won’t release sales figures,” [...]

Mayo Furniture’s Patrick Mayo Sings His Praise About Brentwood, Kathy Dotterer

TEXARKANA, Texas — Mayo Mfg. Corp. is a 50-year-old upholstery maker which has co-branded Revolution Performance Fabric on its website. “It’s hard for me to talk about Brentwood without mentioning STI,” says Patrick Mayo, President. “When STI purchased Brentwood, they were able to co[...]

Craftmaster’s Henson Says Brentwood Price Points Are Modest for the Look, Offering Unique Patterns

TAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina — “We are buying many items from Brentwood this season,” says Suzanne Henson, Vice President Merchandising and Marketing, Craftmaster Furniture here. Although Brentwood is a relatively new supplier for Craftmaster, she says she is buying “everything from a sil[...]

Robert Allen and Duralee Fabrics Finally Merge After Many Rumors

NEW YORK — The Robert Allen Group and Duralee Fabrics, Ltd. have finally merged (March 31) capping off negotiations that began last year with the loss of the founder, Leonard Silberman last April. The Robert Allen Duralee Group (The RAD Group) is the name of the new entity combining both compan[...]

Tapistel Rebrands As Home Link Mexico; Opens Two More Showrooms With Family Members

MONTERREY, Mexico —After 60 years in business as a major jobber with 65 employees, Tapistel has rebranded itself as Home Link and plans to open two more showrooms in addition to its two showrooms in Monterrey according to Mauricio Marchand, the second generation owner of the business. His fathe[...]

Donghia Taps Witmer

[caption id="attachment_14997" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jonathan Witmer[/caption] NEW YORK — Jonathan Witmer has been named CEO & President of Donghia based in the New York office and reporting to Andrea Favoretto Rubelli who has been named Chairman. Andrea has also been named CEO of [...]

Brazil’s Orlean Plants Its Flag in USA; More Outlets Scheduled

MIAMI, Florida — Orlean, a Sao Paolo, Brazil based manufacturer of wallcoverings and sheer curtain fabrics has opened its first branch in the USA here with another one to follow in New York within five years according to Gustavo Orlean, the 28-year-old second generation owner of this manufacturer [...]