Chris Latham Named Holly Hunt VP

NEW YORK--Chris Latham has been named Vice President- Textiles, Leather & Rugs at Holly Hunt, a high-end Furniture, Textile and Accessories company with 10 Holly Hunt designer showrooms in the USA and London and other showroom partners around the world, serving the residential and contract desig[...]

Bousman Retires; Carter Inspires

BRUSSELS--Liza Carter, who joined Trevira in September, will succeed Vicki Bousman as a manager of Market Development for Trevira® CS for the North American market in January.Bousman will retire after a 30 plus year career at Trevira. Recently, she accompanied and supported Carter on U.S. jobber an[...]

Stof Acquires the brand Indienne Valdrome

St. Etienne in La Tourette, FR--Stof, the largest French print converter has acquired the two brands ‘Valdrome’ and ‘Indienne Valdrome’ after the liquidation of the Valdrome Company this year. Stof also purchased the 750 drawings that Valdrome had in its archives, based in Valence. The compa[...]

Gelb, Home Fabrics MD Passes

Julian Frank Gelb died in his native Ontario, Canada August 17 after a two year battle with cancer.Funeral services were held at Steeles Funeral Parlor on August 18.Gelb was a well known player in the global home fabrics industry and purchased Home Fabrics in 2008 with a group based in Midrand, Sout[...]

Klingensmith Replaces Finn

MOORESVILLE, NC - Erin Finn, Design Director for Zimmer+ Rohde’s Travers brand for nine years is expected to leave her post-effective October 1. Prior to joining Travers, she was a designer for the Beacon Hill division of Robert Allen Corp., based in Massachusetts. She was with Kravet Fabrics[...]

Mitchell Buys Michaels Textiles

LAFAYETTE, IN.—Mitchell Fabrics, LLC has purchased Michael’s Textiles Company, a 50 year old fabric, hardware and trim jobber as of July 31.“Michaels Textiles will enable us to leverage our entire infrastructure, supply base and product offering,” according to Don DeWitt, Vice President of M[...]

Dessin Fournir Companies Creates Investment Group to Rescue Belgian Textile Firm OJ Van Maele

Plainville, KS - OJ Van Maele of Tielt, Belgium, a well known linen fabric producer has been acquired for an unknown purchase price by the newly formed Garnell-Lake investment group.This entity was created by Chuck Comeau, Dessin Fournir Companies’ Co-Founder & CEO and a group of design i[...]

Stof Builds $30 Million Business Selling French Prints

St. Etienne in La Tourette, France — There’s a great untapped potential for French inspired print designs in the USA—at least $3 million within five years if Claude Pelardy, the owner of Stof is correct.He will test his prediction shortly with the installation of Stof’s first U.S. based expo[...]

Pierre-Edouard Prevot Heads Casal-Luciano Marcato While Father Jean-Mathieu Retires

PARIS, France — Pierre-Edouard Prevot has become President of Casal and Luciano Marcato brands with the retirement of his father Jean-Mathieu Prevot this year.The two-editeur brand generates annual sales in excess of 12 million Euros according to Jean-Mathieu.He was President of the forerunne[...]

TWD Fibres Hones Marketing, Production Strategy for Growth

DEGGENDORF, Germany—4K Invest International, the Munich based owner of TWD Fibres since January expects to further expand the domestic German market as well as the international business as a filament yarn specialist, according to Markus Zöllner, partner of the shareholders.“Thanks to longstand[...]

K.C.G ‘Premier Home’ Brand Brings Highly Styled Egyptian Readymades to American, European Retailers

ISTANBUL, Turkey — K.C.G. Textile Egypt S.A.E., a division of the Kucukcalik Group, says it is having great success in competing with Chinese suppliers with its Premier Home brand of readymade curtain sets in Cairo, Egypt for the American and European markets.The company is now churning out $85 mi[...]

Boyteks Grows Upholstery Business With a Big Base in Mattress Ticking

Kayseri, Turkey — The Boydak Group campus is tucked away in the hills about 30 minutes from Cappadocia airport, an hour flight from Istanbul but the impact of this $3 billion colossus is felt globally in 60 countries, especially when it comes to mattress ticking and upholstery.Boyteks division of [...]

Iranian Fabrics Wholesalers Optimistic About Deal With American Allies

Istanbul, Turkey — The high number of buyers from Iran was the real surprise at Evteks this year as they prepare themselves for what they hope would be the beginning of an Iranian business boom!Tehran based Mehdi and Hadi Farahji, two brothers long involved in the upholstered furniture industry in[...]

Burlington Technologies Builds Dubai Based Showroom Around Houssam Rayess

DUBAI—Houssam Rayess has been named MENA Director of Burlington® Technologies Group showroom in the Burlington Building in the business bay here according to Mike Durham, COO and President of Burlington Technologies which includes Keystone Weaving, Se7en, BMS, Bentex  and Verelli.Burlington [...]

Coulisse Rolls Out 50 Shop-in-Shops

Enter, The Netherlands — Coulisse expects to have 50 shop-in-shops in the USA for its roller blind collections in the next few years according to Maurice Roetgering, Director and Owner with his brother Christiaan who founded the business in 1992.Coulisse is in the process of establishing roller bl[...]

Calico Engineers High End ‘Luxe Collection’ For Interior Designers

KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania — This autumn, Calico will launch a private label high end line of fabrics under the ‘Luxe Collection’ brand according to Julie Morris, Vice President, Merchandising. Morris, along with buyer, Jennifer Mayer, say they have developed a product line of over 350 [...]

JF Throws Open Its Doors, Shows Off Meredith Heron Collection, Headquarters

Oakville, Ontario, Canada — The JF crew opened their doors in June to show off their relatively new warehouse and showroom and showcase its new Meredith Heron Collection of fabrics. The open house party brought in key vendors likes Crypton and Valdese to share the glory. JF is the export bran[...]

Unifi More Than Doubles Recycled Yarn Capacity for Repreve®

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Unifi, Inc. Broke ground for its planned 85,000 square foot addition to the Company’s REPREVE® Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina.The expansion will increase capacity to produce Unifi’s recycled fiber brand, REPREVE, and other premier value-added prod[...]

Z+R UK Christian Lee Looks Back 25 Years, Remembers How He Turned His Business Around

LONDON, England —Managing Director Christian Lee turned around a money losing UK branch of Zimmer & Rohde when he joined the company in 1990 according to Andreas Zimmer, principal of this family owned editeur.Today, Z+R UK is a profitable, $5 million branch of parent Z+R, with $100 million in [...]

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[...]