UAS Serves Turkish Lunch to the Hotel World

Maltepe, Istanbul — Lunch With Umit Ak and Betul Celik in their Ottoman style office and studio with a view of the Bosporus is not only a delicious feast for the eyes and the stomach.Aside from the Turkish mezze, soup and main course, there are beautiful flowers in the garden, especially roses and[...]

Panaz Moves European Headquarters; Names John Logus, USA GM

Lancashire, England — Panaz has consolidated three separate buildings into a new European headquarters building of  90,000 square feet in Hapton, Burnley, England, according to Tony Attard, Managing Director.At the same time, Panaz USA has moved locations from Irvine, CA to Raleigh, NC and na[...]

Flocart Expands Blackout FR Standards

WEVELGEM, Belgium — Flocart has slowly upgraded its blackout-lining offer so that now it covers a broader range of fire standards, says Francis Verstraete, President.“These new ranges now include M1 in France, B1 in Germany, the British Standard and NFPA 701, the American Standard,” Verstraete[...]

JAB To Open First Istanbul Showroom While Persan Continues Repping JAB

Istanbul, Turkey — Oktay Karabasoglu has been named country manager of JAB-Turkey as of April 1, reporting to Chris-Jacob Schminnes, JAB Manager, F&FI has learned.This news has also been confirmed by Chris-Jacob Schminnes.  “JAB Turkey will be operational during the second half of 2015,[...]

Four Designtex Contract Fabric Collections Result From Expanded Recycled Waste Program With Four Partners

CHICAGO, Illinois — Designtex presented four new styles of contract fabrics based on a closed loop platform at Neocon 2015 made from recycled waste polyester.These products are featured in the new Designtex + West Elm Workspace collection. “Designtex will continue to tackle the design challenge [...]

Alison Weinbaum Returns to Hospitality Business, Makes Quick Start Off The Blocks for Zavi Textiles

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — As of January, 2015, Alison Weinbaum has returned to the hospitality fabrics industry as the Vice President of Marketing and Design for Zavi Textiles, a four year old jobber calling on designers and purchasing agents.Zavi is the sister company to BSF, a hospitality furni[...]

Hospitality Fabrics & Furnishings Agent Extraordinaire, Pascal Philippo is the man to watch!

PARIS, France — When Pascal Philippo was warned of the demise of his employer Vanoutryve in 2011, he never dreamed his job would end but it did just that on February 21, 2013. What is a married man with two kids living in Paris supposed to do in that situation? To his credit, Pascal developed a n[...]

Cavelli Compliments Voile Lines With Country Plaids, Stripes, Plains

BUSTO ARSIZIO, Italy — Mario Cavelli, an Italian weaver since 1933, is slowly turning to other fabric categories for survival due to the steady price erosion of voile, its mainstay in the past, according to Sebastiano Malvestio, Export Manager.For example, Cavelli is now offering a ‘Country Coll[...]

Katie Matushak joins HillBrown as Creative Director

NEW YORK--Katie Matushak, the former Vice President of Design at F. Schumacher & Co., joined HillBrown as Creative Director June 23. She reports to Bob Appelbaum, President of Clarence House, the producer of HillBrown. Matushak replaces Donna May Woods who left HillBrown six months ago[...]

Devantex Bankrupt

DEERLIJK, BE--Devantex has been declared bankrupt by a judgement from the Court of Commerce of Gent dated July 10.A notice of the bankruptcy has been sent to Devantex customers by the advocat,  Jan Deleersnyder who are asked to pay the court directly any outstanding invoices.Those close to Deva[...]


Schumacher Moves Without Matushak

NEW YORK—Katie Matushak , Vice President, Design for F. Schumacher & Co. will be leaving that company to join another wholesaler, F&FI has learned.Matushak could not be reached for comment.  Schumacher is in the midst of moving its corporate offices from 79 Madison Avenue to 31st and [...]

Tella Leaves KravetCouture After Brilliant 15 Year Design Run

Bethpage, NY—Cynthia Tella, Vice President of Design for KravetCouture, the fabric wholesale giant’s highest end label, left the company on an amicable basis in early June, F&FI has learned.It is the end of a brilliant 15-year run for Tella making her one of the most highly regarded and high[...]

Hunter Douglas Promotes Ron Kass to Chief Executive Officer

PEARL RIVER, NY––Marv Hopkins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Douglas North America, the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in the U.S. and Canada, announced the promotion of Ron Kass, President and Chief Operating Officer, to Chief Executive Officer[...]

Wilson Fabrics opens USA distribution centre in New Jersey

WANGARETTA, Australia--Wilson Fabrics, a vertical window coverings fabric manufacturer has opened a 4,000 square foot national distribution center in New Jersey to support its roller blind and roman shade business in North America according to Chris Cencek, Chief Operating Officer.Wilson Fabrics’ [...]

JAB To Open First Istanbul Showroom, Persan Continues Repping JAB

Istanbul—Oktay Karabasoglu has been named country manager of JAB-Turkey as of April 1, reporting to Chris-Jacob Schminnes, JAB Manager, F&FI has learned.This news has also been confirmed by Chris-Jacob Schminnes.  “JAB Turkey will be operational during the second half of 2015, Schminnes[...]

Valdese Weavers Names Almond

VALDESE, N.C.,--Christy Almond has been named Vice President of Product Development and Marketing for Valdese Weavers, Inc.She was previously Vice President of Design and Merchandising for Robert Allen in New York, where she was responsible for the creative direction and product and merchandising fo[...]

Neisler Tapped Dicey Vice President, Sales

VALDESE, N.C.--Parks Neisler has been named Vice President of Sales for the Dicey Mills brand.    He was previously Vice President of Dicey before it was sold to Valdese Weavers earlier this year.He is involved in all areas of the brand with a special emphasis on sales and design deve[...]

Valdese Weavers’ Jennifer Franklin Now Dicey Design Director

VALDESE, N.C.--Longtime Valdese Weavers designer Jennifer Franklin has been appointed Design Director for Dicey Mills, a recent acquisition by Valdese Weavers. Franklin is responsible for styling new designs, trend and color direction, and merchandising the newest line to join the Valdese Weave[...]

$100 Million Coulisse Expands Roller Shade Business in Americas With Unique, Fabtex

MIAMI, Florida —Coulisse B.V., a $100 million plus window coverings converter and hardware supplier, is capitalizing on the trend towards roller shades with a major expansion in the USA and South American markets.Jop Vos, who joined Coulisse in 2006 covering the Eastern European market, relocated [...]

D’Décor Targets Window Blinds, MTM Draperies Expects $50 Million Business Within Five Years

MUMBAI, India — D’Décor is aggressively pursuing a new line of business, D’Décor Blinds with roller binds, Roman blinds, panels, verticals, shutters and sheers according to Sanjay Arora, one of the principals with his brother Ajay and father.D’Décor estimates it could eventually produce a[...]

Kravet Expects Big Sales Boost From To-The-Trade Only e-Commerce Website By Leveraging Existing Resources

New York, New York — Cary Kravet, CEO, Kravet Corp., expects a substantial sales boost from Kravet’s newly launched e-commerce site for finished products but he says he won’t know how big the gain will be for several months.“It depends upon how we evolve the model once we learn from our cust[...]

Todesco Looks to Elevate Redaelli Velutti Once Again

COMO, Italy — Giorgio Todesco, newly named CEO of Marzotto Lab, a Company owned by Marzotto Group, is responsible for management of Redaelli, a famous velvet and corduroy mill in Guanzate, Italy acquired at a bankruptcy auction after it was first sold in 2011 and then fell on hard times.In January[...]

Italians Start Forerunner to Valdese Weavers 100 Years Ago

VALDESE, North Carolina—As part of its 100th year, Valdese Weavers continues its five year $31 million capital improvement program started in 2012, unveils its Centennial fabric collection at Showtime in June and will soon publish an anniversary book to commemorate its first 100 years in business [...]

Small Orders Keep Specialty Mill R&D Weavers Alive As Imports Continue to Erode American Market in Home and Contract Fabrics

ELLENBORO, North Carolina — R&D Weaving, a small North Carolina mill, is launching its first jacquard design line “in exchange for replacing business that’s been lost to offshore,” according to Richard Dobbins, President.He further explains that R&D is in the contract fabrics market [...]

Softex Imports YongShun Three Pass Blackout

LOS ANGELES, California —Softex Fabrics Inc. a long time player in the U.S. window covering business, is importing LITESAFE,® a new three pass blackout lining from YongShun China. The first shipment was shown at the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas in May by Fabtex and Jay Dash International.[...]

Gans/Sapmaz Duo Lead Valley Forge Roller Shade Team

POMPANO BEACH, Florida — The market for fabrics used in roller shades is about $300 million according to Jason Gans and Ahmet Sapmaz, the brains behind Valley Forge’s roller shade business said to have achieved $13 million in sales in 2014.The fabrics represent just a quarter of the total value [...]

Maria Kremer Garber Slows Down, Resigns Imatex, Lodetex, Gierlings

BLAUVELT, New York — Maria Kremer Garber, a longtime, well-known American agent, (Garber-Tex International) has happily reduced her load of principals with her resignation from Italian lines Imatex and Lodetex  which she represented in the USA and also Gierlings-Velpor of Portugal.She continu[...]

Emirates Furnishing Markets Expect Improved Days Ahead; Reducing the Inventories is Now a Big Priority

Frankfurt — During interaction with wholesalers in specific from United Arab Emirate’s distributors during Heimtextil show in Frankfurt, expressed that they are waiting for improved market conditions ahead. Shopping during the show was limited as the business confidence is not as in the recent p[...]

Elite Adds More Upholstery Lines to Multipurpose, Curtain Mix

LOS ANGELES, California —Elite Textile, an importer and manufacturer of fabric which specializes in woven jacquards, sheers, embroideries and fire retardant products for hospitality industry has fueled its growth as a horizontal textiles source by adding upholstery fabrics to its mix, starting in [...]

Michael’s Executive Karen Hayes, 49

PETERSBURG, VA.—Karen Kathleen Tyo Hayes, 49,  passed away February 14, 2015 after a long illness.She was Vice President of Michael’s Textiles, Inc., a fabric jobber here. She was the fabric buyer for Michael’s, where she worked for over 25 years. “We will remember her most for her grea[...]

Larry Robbins, 84

Larry Robbins passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015. He was 84 years old. Larry was formerly with Riverdale Drapery and Rockland Mills. Larry RobbinsLarry lived life to its fullest. He was a movie actor, played pro football, sky dived and was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brothe[...]

Yumusaklar Replaces Eagle at F. Schumacher & Co.

NEW YORK--Timur Yumusaklar has been named President and CEO of  F. Schumacher & Company.Yumusaklar reports to Gerald Puschel, Schumacher Chairman who retired from the CEO post in 2010.The German borne Yumusaklar was previously CEO of Zalando, an online shopping destination said to[...]

Max Baumann Returns to Baumann Dekor

GMUND, Austria—Max Baumann found his way back to this formerly Baumann owned family business Baumann Dekor here after three plus years as a consultant and agent to the hospitality/cruise trade.As Director of Sales & Marketing, Max is managing the weaver, dyer and finisher for two unknown texti[...]

Obituary: Michael’s Executive Karen Hayes, 49

PETERSBURG, VA.—Karen Kathleen Tyo Hayes, 49,  passed away February 14, 2015 after a long illness. She was Vice President of Michael’s Textiles, Inc., a fabric jobber here. She was the fabric buyer for Michael’s, where she worked for over 25 years. “We will remember her most for he[...]