J. Ennis Fabrics Launches New Performance Finish

PLAINFIELD, Indiana — J. Ennis Fabrics, a Canadian based fabric wholesaler has launched its first performance finish brand, Endurepel™ Shield. This is part of J. Ennis Fabrics’ commitment towards establishing premium options for consumers throughout the upholstery textiles marketplace. E[...]

Rockland Mills’ Roc-Lon® Blackout Secures M1 Certification

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Rockland Industries, makers of Roc-lon® blackout, has achieved M1 certification - the highest level of flame retardant certification for drapery fabrics - for its entire line of blackout fabrics, according to Darren Fradin, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "Every bl[...]

Newberger Joins Rockland Industries

BALTIMORE, Maryland —Deborah Newberger, veteran blackout marketer and one-time converter, will join Rockland Industries Inc. In the new post of Midwest And Special Projects Sales Manager according to Mark Berman, Rockland CEO. “Newberger is a great fit with Rockland,” Berman adds. [capti[...]

Latest Leather Collections Are More Grandiose Than Ever

New creative expressions of leather are opening up a world of opportunities.  International exhibitions and showrooms in the United States and Europe put this material back on the map with very strong ranges from Spain, Italy, England, the US and Japan. Traditional techniques in combination with[...]

MoOD/Indigo Opens in New Format

BRUSSELS—MoOD/Indigo 2016 covering  upholstery, window, wall coverings and yarns for residential & contract  markets opens September 6-8 at a new location, the Tour & Taxis Center, about a 30 minute walk from the Brussels Grand Place. Abut 230 companies, including 23 Belgian weavers a[...]

Expo 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Expects 15,000 Visitors

VIET NAM ­— The 14th Vietnam International Trade Fair in Ho Chi Minh City will be held by the Exhibition & Event on 30 November – 3 December, 2016 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh Cit[...]

David Canovan Expects Retirement in 2018

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK—David Canovan, MD of the Villa Nova brand/division of Romo, one of the largest fabric wholesalers in the world, has announced his retirement in 2018 timed to his 60th birthday. A Romo spokesperson confirmed this fact while Canovan is currently on a month-long holiday. Can[...]

Jeffrey Fabrics Sells Out to P/Kaufmann

NEW YORK—P/Kaufmann Inc., the converter has purchased Jeffrey Fabrics Inc., the readymade importer for an undisclosed price. Jeffrey principals Jeffrey Erdheim and Jeffrey Goldman have signed three year employment contracts as part of the deal. The purchase marks the return of P/Kaufmann int[...]

C.F. Stinson Sells Majority Interest to BV Investment Partners

BOSTON, MA. (USA) BV Investment Partners (BV) has purchased a majority interest in C.F. Stinson, a designer and wholesaler of textiles to the commercial interiors industry. BV is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the information, business services and communications sectors. BV is[...]

Newberger Joins Rockland Industries July 1

BALTIMORE, MD (USA)--Deborah Newberger, veteran blackout marketer and one-time converter, will join Rockland Industries Inc. In the new post of Midwest And Special Projects Sales Manager according to Mark Berman, Rockland CEO. "Newberger is a great fit with Rockland," Berman adds. Since August, 20[...]

David Auger, C&M Principal, Shanghai’d in Newark, But Still Praised Showtime

“I would rather fly out of Syria than be stuck in Newark Airport, says David Auger, Principal of C&M Textiles, a 68 year old fabrics wholesaler and retailer "with sales up 10 percent," he added. Auger  arrived at Showtime a day late (Monday instead of Sunday) after being stuck in Newar[...]

Israeli Fabric Suppliers Gain Niche Markets With Increased Sales/Service Levels

TEL AVIV, Israel — After 40 years in the fabric business, Israeli suppliers have developed a skillset to service customers domestically and globally that actually adds value to the fabric according to wholesalers and manufacturers of piece goods here. This is the finding of a recent extensive t[...]

Industry Icon Leonard Silberman Passes, 93

GREAT NECK, New York —Leonard Silberman known to the industry as one of the co-founders of Duralee Fabrics in 1952, passed away in his home at age 93 on April 16, 2016. Born in 1923, Lenny began working in the industry after taking a job offering promising opportunities as a fabric shipping cle[...]

Crypton Gains Ground in Residential Fabric Market

HIGH POINT, North Carolina — Crypton® Home is making an impact on the residential furniture industry after just one year in the market according to Randy Rubin, Principal of the 24 year old high tech finishing firm. Valdese Weavers is the only mill making a collection of Crypton fabrics and ha[...]

Offis Textile Brings High Fashion, Long Runs to Bedding Industry

AZOR, Israel — There are very few global sources where a bedding producer, retailer or designer can dye, rotary print and finish over 50 kinds of in-stock greige cloth into finished bedding, but that is exactly what Offis Textile Ltd. can do for its customers. Offis is part of a conglomerate ca[...]

Armel Looks Beyond Israeli Borders for New Business

RISHON LEZION, Israel —Armel is trying to expand its market beyond the borders of Israel according to Ari Elfassy, one of the two principals. “The best politics is business.  In this way, you can find the solution to all problems,” the 43-year-old entrepreneur says. Armel Textile is one[...]

The House of Arora Joins the World’s Most Beautiful Office Structures

MUMBAI, India — If you have covered the world of upholstery and decorative fabrics for the past 30 years as I have done, you can’t help but notice the outstanding presentation of fabrics in showrooms and office environments. Some companies have gone beyond the norm of most textile factories, [...]

Flocktex Adds Third Production Line, Meets Extra Demand for ‘Impala’ Line From Buyers Like Himolla and Architex

Kiriyat Malachi, Israel —Flocktex is meeting the challenge of diminishing flock resources with a proportionate increased demand for its high end ‘Impala’ fabric line by adding a third production unit here, according to Mayer Zeiler, Principal. [caption id="attachment_14463" align="alignrigh[...]

Spectro Coating Corp., Last U.S. Based Flock Survivor Revs Up Sales Engine, Builds Partnerships With Large Buyers

LEOMINSTER, MA. — Spectro Coating Corp. is looking to pick up a portion of the Chinese domestic market previously supplied by the  Microfibres flock plant in Nantong that produced 300,000-400,000 yards a week, according to Hemendra Shah, principal of Spectro Coating, the last remaining flock prod[...]

Etun and Ramtex Win Export Business Through Excellent Service Including Cut and Sew for Local Hotel Projects

YAVNE, Israel — Etun makes its living through servicing the customer according to Immanuel (Manny) and Judith Horn, the owners of Etun. [caption id="attachment_14457" align="alignleft" width="179"] Etun owners Immanuel and Judith Horn; designers Ronit Gutman and Julia Dvirnyi[/caption] “Ev[...]

Erotex Plans Global Cut Length Service Launch From China 2017

TEL AVIV, Israel — Erotex has rapidly risen as one of the largest wholesalers of mass market fabrics in Israel since its founding in 1977 by the Salzer Brothers (Menachem ‘Mem’ and Shlomi) and their partner Ilan Logasi. A cut length export business is being planned for rollout in 2017 from [...]

Erotex China Dwarfs Sales of Israeli Counterpart

HANGZHOU, CHINA—www.Ektextile.com is the website for Erotex in Hangzhou, a separate distribution company based in China with far greater sales than the Israeli based counterpart company owned by the Salzer Brothers. EK sells first quality upholstery under the brand name of ‘Cherry.’ The gen[...]

Jones, Pascolini Celebrate Cruise Business, Cruising Along Biscayne Bay, Miami, During Seatrade Show in Ft. Lauderdale

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — “The cruise industry is booming as new cruise ships are being built and quickly selling out as soon as they hit the waters,” according to Bill Jones, President of Global Textile Marketing Exchange Inc., an important importer of fabrics for the cruise trade. [caption i[...]

127-Year Old F. Schumacher Executes Modern On-Line Strategy to Reduce Conventional Sampling Costs

NEW YORK, New York — F. Schumacher is making a major bet on on-line sales with its latest efforts to email its client base information about its new collections. The U.S. Department of Commerce tracked the percentage of retail sales made on line at 7.5 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015 and[...]

New Zealand Fishing Event Raises $16,000 for Breast Cancer Victims

Christchurch, NZ — The New Zealand Textile Fishing competition which is now held every two years, took place in February on an island inside the beautiful Auckland Harbour. This Island was hired for the exclusive use of all the distributors, interior designers, suppliers  and  retailers to th[...]

Frontgate Features Ferguson Designs

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — After 30 months in the home furnishings market, designer Stephanie Ferguson has landed her first Frontgate Catalog cover in May for her UV protected outdoor pillow fabrics. [caption id="attachment_14439" align="alignleft" width="147"] Stephanie Ferguson[/caption] The l[...]

Bimitex Says Bigger is Not Better But Improving Process, Enjoying Life is Tops!

LAKE COMO, Italy — Riccardo Biagioni started the Italian mill Bimitex in Prato in 1991 as a vertical mill doing warping, weaving, finishing and quality control and today, it is one of the larger weavers with sales in the $20 million range with 47 employees and 40 looms according to Franco Nannucci[...]

Darling Fashion Wins Friends, Customers at Proposte

SHANGHAI, China — New sourcing venture continue to spring up in China with all eyes on supplying Western made fabrics. Darling Fashion is one of the newer players in the market offering consignment selling in a free trade zone. Johnson Xu, Director/Vice General Manager and Sourcing Director [...]

Mode Says It’s In The Black After Less Than Three Years

BULCIAGO, Italy — While some Italian mills are struggling to maintain a full workforce and stay open, Mode says it has turned profitable in less than three years according to Marco Guggi one of the three owners of this new enterprise which started life in 2014. The three Mode partners are Pietr[...]

Fathers & Sons

NEW YORK, New York —Integrated Textile Group started life in 1986 under the watchful eye of Joe Romano principal but his son Josh (28) joined the company six years ago after graduating SUNY Binghamton-NY and is slowly taking the reins of power from his dad. [caption id="attachment_14421" align=[...]

Don Hurwitz Remembers Art Richards

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland — “If there was any American who was Mr. Proposte it was Art Richards.” “Not only did he help me countless times finding me reliable sources, giving me valuable advice about products, but his range of technical knowledge of how things were produced was limitless.”[...]

VALDESE WEAVERS BECOMES A 100% EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY

VALDESE, N.C., May10, 2016 – In the year following the company’s 100 YEAR Centennial celebration, Valdese Weavers is proud to announce today another extraordinary milestone – becoming a 100% employee-owned company, through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Michael Shelton, President[...]

Morris Leaves Calico

KENNETT SQUARE, PA. (USA)—Julie Morris left her post in March as Vice President of Merchandising at Calico, a major fabrics retailer that started in 1950. Prior to that post, she was Vice President of Stores & Operations for this 73-outlet fabrics retailer from April, 2013-March 2015. Mo[...]

Leonard Silberman Passes, 93

GREAT NECK, NY--  Leonard Silberman known to the industry as one of the co-founders of Duralee Fabrics in 1952, passed away in his home at age 93 on April 16, 2016. He was the husband of his late wife Rosalie and father to David Silberman (Gay); Richard Silberman (Mary); and Amy Silberman Benjam[...]

Frowein Tagged F. Schumacher President

NEW YORK, New York - Benjamin Frowein has been named President of F. Schumacher Fabrics, the 127-year-old American fabric editeur. He has been with F. Schumacher as a consultant since February and news of his promotion has been rumored within the fabric trade for several weeks. Timur Yumusakla[...]