Siyaram’s Casamoda® Brand Targets Home Furnishings Growth Led by Abhishek Poddar, 27, Ashok Biyani and Sudeep Gurung

MUMBAI, INDIA—Publicly held (since 1982) Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd. is a $250 million apparel fabric, garment company with 150 retail stores, it is also four years into a ten year plan to build an important home furnishings fabric supplier of drapery and upholstery under the casamoda® brand. Siyaram[...]

Notaro Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sunbury Textile Mills; Simone Named Business Development Specialist

 Sunbury, Pennsylvania  — Tom Notaro of Sunbury Textile Mills has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing effective January 1. In his new post, Notaro will continue to work in the Sunbury office on Broome Street in New York where he will also continue to work closely [...]

P/Kaufmann Taps Sanderson Design Head; Lynne Hopkins Sourcing Manager

NEW YORK, New York — P/Kaufmann Inc. has consolidated Braemore and P/Kaufmann Inc. print and woven design departments into one unit under the direction of Julie Sanderson while Lynne Hopkins has been named head of worldwide sourcing.  Hopkins was previously responsible for wovens design [...]

New Management, Styling Help Mollino Move Forward

 COBURG, FDR — Mollino changed its management and its business model two years ago and this has led to a sales increase to about $10 million in sales according to Joe Moran, founder of the company in 1999. In order to join the top ranks of European wholesalers, Mollino is now targeting sales [...]

McNeely, Greene Buy Heritage House Fabrics; Hilb Becomes Consultant

CONCORD, North Carolina — Heritage House Fabrics LLC, a contract and residential fabrics distribution business and importer, has been sold to Wayne McNeely and Don Greene the president and executive vice president respectively of the new entity to be called Heritage Fabrics LLC. The company will r[...]

Let’s Feel Good About the Future – People, Planet, Profit – Live a Little

 The Trendease Team travels to over 100 international design events each year to research market directions and report our findings back to our community.  With the first quarter of 2013 under our belts you can rest assured that there is a lot of exciting movement going on in the creative [...]

Fabric.Com Leads Fabric E-tailing Pack, Changes Industry Model

 KENNESAW, Georgia — Amazon’s acquisition of fabric.com just three years ago appears to be paying off and is changing the face of fabrics retailing in America today and even off shore according to fabric suppliers serving this growing e-tailer which has reported sales in the $50 million ran[...]

Fabric E-Tailers Build Momentum

 NEW YORK, New York — Home furnishings fabric sales on the web are continuing to grow, especially on websites sponsored by existing brick and mortar retailers like Osgood, Joann and Calico, according to Lance Garcy, executive vice president, P/Kaufmann, one of the major suppliers to web retai[...]

Interworld’s Shah Brothers Trade Up Collections, Add Wallcoverings, Roc-Lon®

MUMBAI, India — As Interworld Furnishings India Pvt., Ltd. gradually upgrades its products and price levels for its 100 dealers, owners, Mitul, 30 and Bhavin Shah, 32, manage to bring  a fresh perspective and energy to their dad’s company which started in 1998. Their near term goal is to op[...]

Skai® Puts More Skin in the Game With O’Sullivan Purchase; In Just Two years Hornshuch Group Already Reaps Dividends; Makes $20 Million Wager on U.S. Manufacturing

Winchester, Virginia — Hornschuch Group’s shrewd and timely 2010 purchase of O’Sullivan Films, Inc. has already resulted in capturing five percent of the $400 million PVC upholstery market, according to Tim Lettie, vice president, interior and exterior business. O’Sullivan is the American pr[...]

Callens’ Quick Action Secures Algemene TWO Line Continuity; Minimal Order Loss Recorded

ANTWERP, Belgium – Algemene TWO is fully operational after a two month loss in weaving time and will exhibit at Proposte and Evteks in the same spaces as in previous years, according to Luc Callens, managing director in charge of marketing and sales. “There is full continuity guaranteed for all [...]

Opening the Door to Digitally-printed Design

 There is a nearly limitless realm of design possibilities just waiting to be explored by forward-thinking designers and manufacturers – one you may have never even considered. This emerging opportunity lies in unique, customized design pieces you can create using the latest digital printing [...]

Augst India Opens Third Store

MUMBAI — Mona and Sadiq Meherally have opened a third Augst fabric showroom in RHouse, a decorating center in the Balbunuth section. Augst is looking forward to doing two more stores within ten more years, she said. “We do not want to do our own designs however.” She feels that once you do you[...]

Thanos Kamiliotis, The Greek, Is Fiorete’s USA Agency

NEW YORK, New York —Thanos Kamiliotis, the 72 year old who runs the USA agency for Fiorete recently received a beautiful Picasso tribute painted by his wife Daniela on the side of their Bethel, Connecticut home.  She   has also painted scenes from Matisse and Cocteau on different exterio[...]

Proposte Debuts New Cazzaniga Brand Velvet Collections by Fiorete

  FINO MORNASCO, Italy — Fiorete Group will bring its first Cazzaniga brand silk velvet collections to Proposte 2013. Fiorete Group manager Gianmarco Zamaroni previously announced the February 8 purchase of Cazzaniga production and finishing assets based in Bulciago, Italy. “Fiorete is[...]

Crypton 2.0 Celebrates 20 Years

 West Bloomfield, MI – Crypton has been awarded a new patent for Crypton 2.0 just in time for the company’s 20th anniversary, according to Randy Rubin, President of Crypton. During this time, Crypton said it has sold in excess of 100 million yards to healthcare, hospitality, education,[...]

Fabrics and Furnishings International to launch India Edition

Considering India’s recent progression in the home furnishing industry, Fabrics & Furnishings International, a magazine published by Sipco Publications Inc. is about to enter the India market by launching its India Edition on 25th March, 2013. With this, the company aims at tapping all the gro[...]

Karp Leaves Weave Textiles Post After 35 Years

 NEW YORK, NY — Liz Karp has left her position as sales director of Weave Textiles LLC based here after 35 years with the company.She joined Weave in 1977 in the drapery division and at one point was vice president of sales and marketing in the upholstery division.  She was well known to[...]

Guy Parmentier To Lead Crypton International Sales Efforts

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI — Guy H. Parmentier has joined Crypton® as Director of International Sales, according to Randy Rubin, President of Crypton.Parmentier brings considerable experience to the position.  The eldest son in the third generation of a prominent European textile family from Belgiu[...]

Italian Strongman Fiorete Group Acquires Cazzaniga Velvet

FINO MORNASCO, IT -- Fiorete Group manager Gianmarco Zamaroni announced the purchase of Cazzaniga production and finishing assets based in Bulciago, Italy effective Friday, February 8.The purchase price was not  discussed with F&FI but with this purchase, Fiorete expands its high end off[...]

In Just 60 Days, Callens Reopens Algemene TWO After Algemene Goes Bankrupt

ANTWERP, BE -- Luc Callens has confirmed he has been named managing director in charge of marketing and sales for Algemene TWO, a new company with eight currently anonymous investors that will continue to produce and expand the existing Algemene line.On February 5, Algemene TWO completed its purchas[...]

SURTEX Asia Attracts Chinese As Original Designs Gain Strength

NEW YORK, NY — SURTEX®Asia is gaining momentum as Chinese manufacturers look for original artwork for their products according to Penny Sikalis, show manager and vice president of GLM, the show organizer.The latest addition to SURTEX will debut August 25-27 at the Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai.[...]

Slough Named Weave LLC President & CEO

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Robin Slough has added the title of President & CEO of Weave Fabrics LLC in addition to her position as President &  CEO of American Silk Mills, Inc., reporting to John Sullivan, chairman of both companies.Slough was named president of American Silk Mills in May, 200[...]

Tissat Interior Fabrics No Longer Manufacturer of Upholstery Fabrics

Beselare, BE -- Tissat Deslee Fabrics has decided to cease the production of Upholstery Fabrics due to market conditions. The company was created as a result of the merger of the Interior Fabrics Division of DesleeClama Group (Beselare – Belgium), Tissat International (Oostrozebeke – Belgium)[...]

Duban Joins Kravet

BETHPAGE, NY -- Robert Duban, Executive Vice President of Sales, is leaving Covington Fabric & Design LLC to join Kravet Fabrics Corp. as executive Vice President of contract sales, F&FI has learned.Prior to joining Covington, Duban was Executive Vice President, contact sales at Robert All[...]

Johnny Keeton Studios releases Latin American Tour

Johnny KeetonNew York, NY -- Johnny Keeton Studios has announced that a group of international textile executives are traveling on a tour of key markets in Latin America. They will be showcasing the latest designs and collections launched in Frankfurt at Heimtextil 2013.Johnny Keeton comment[...]

Andrea Rubelli Takes Charge at Donghia In Wake of Crans Baldwin’s Departure

NEW YORK, NY — Andrea Favaretto Rubelli has taken over the management reins of Donghia as president and CEO after the departure of Crans Baldwin  January 15.Baldwin has joined Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Furniture Co. as president and CEO after 16 years at Bergamo and Donghia in a similar [...]

P/Kaufmann Taps Sanderson Design Head; Appoints Lynne Hopkins Sourcing Manager

NEW YORK, NY — P/Kaufmann Inc. has consolidated Braemore and P/Kaufmann Inc. print and woven design departments into one unit under the direction of Julie Sanderson while Lynne Hopkins has been named head of worldwide sourcing. Hopkins was previously responsible for wovens design while Sander[...]

Hilb Sells Heritage House

CONCORD, NC—Heritage House Fabrics LLC, a contract and residential fabrics distribution business and importer, has been sold to Wayne McNeely and Don Greene the president and executive vice president respectively of the new entity to be called Heritage Fabrics LLC.The company will remain in the cu[...]

Susan North Joins Thibaut Inc., Leaves Schumacher

NEW YORK, NY— Susan North, EVP of design for F. Schumacher & Co. has been named managing director of new business initiatives for Newark, NJ based Thibaut Inc. as of January 16.This is a new position at Thibaut. She was with Schumacher for 15 years and reported to Teri Eagle, president. Schuma[...]

Backhausen produced and distributed by Messrs, effective immediately

Vienna, AUS — Backhausen Interior Textiles will be produced and issued by Messrs, effective immediately. "We have thoroughly checked the situation of  the company Backhausen and are not only convinced of  the product, but also of the potential capacity," said Alon Shklarek, CEO of [...]

Notaro Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sunbury Textile Mills

Sunbury, PA  — Tom Notaro of Sunbury Textile Mills has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing effective Jan. 1.Notaro takes the reins for the lead sales management position from Rocco Simone who will assume the new title of Specialist, Business Development. Simone praised[...]

Voehl Named Covington Design Vice President

New York, NY -- Chari Voehl has been promoted to vice president of design for Covington Fabric and Design, LLC, effective January 1st, 2013. In her new position, Voehl will continue to report to Greg Tarver, President and CEO.Voehl was previously Covington’s Design Director, having [...]

Cazzaniga Looks for Financial Partner

BULCIAGO, IT—Rumors about Tessitura Pietro Cazzaniga’s financial situation have been circulating in the USA and Italy since August but these rumors seem to be a bit overstated according to a company spokesperson.Yes, Tessitura Pietro Cazzaniga’s third generation family owner Enrico Cazzaniga i[...]

Algemene Mill Closes, Declares Bankruptcy; Luc Callens Plans to Continue Algemene Line

NEW YORK, NY —Algemene, the well known upholstery velvet and textures producer has closed its mill as part of a quietly held and recent bankruptcy filing by its owner, Stefaan Verstraete. Algemene was founded in 1923 in Ledegem, Belgium but Verstraete has owned it for about 20 years. He is al[...]