Hellwig Joins Dorell Fabrics as COO

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA.— Mark Hellwig has been named Chief Operating Officer of Dorell Fabrics Company, reporting to Ron Frankel, principal and co-partners with Richard Zack, President.  Hellwig, who joined Dorell April 15, was previously Vice President, supply chain management for La-Z-Boy Chai[...]

Hisar Finds New Life as Converter in Shaoxing, China

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Omer Faruk Topbas closed his mill, Hisar Tekstil, three years ago in Istanbul only to live again in Shaoxing China where he is running full blast.  He does Turkish design in China with a Chinese owned mill dedicated to his collection. “I am in China ten days a month makin[...]

Boyteks Buys Warp Knitter for New Upholstery Collection

 BURSA, Turkey — Boyteks, a member company within the Boydak Group of Turkey, has launched apparel driven technology in its latest fabric collection to be introduced at MoOD.  The technique used is called ‘warp knitting’. It is a technique that zigzags over the length of the woven fa[...]

JF Fabrics Gets Exclusive Wes Mancini Rug Deal, Rugs in Stock

TORONTO, Canada — Joanne Fabrics, which markets its US lines under the JF Fabrics brand, has made a deal with Wes Mancini Ltd. to be the exclusive distributor of its rug collection according to Lisa Nicholl, Joanne’s creative director.  On a wholesale level- prices range from $2500- $21,000[...]

Cenk Tuzcu Makes New Life at Carina

 ISTANBUL, Turkey — Carina brand began life as a velvet producer until Ali Cenk Tuzcu got into the act three years ago.  Ali was the former partner in the Onem Mill in Bursa but chose to join the Yuncu family operation instead. The Yuncu’s started up in 1940 and is now in its third gen[...]

Larry Liebenow Passes, 69

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Larry A. Liebenow, the former President & CEO of Quaker Fabrics Corp., died suddenly May 23 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. Larry A. Leibenow He was the husband of Kathleen (Bendix) Liebenow. He was born in Hillsboro, OR, son of the late John and Esthe[...]

Skai Makes Outdoor Fabric Inroads With Cool Technology

WEISSBACH, Germany —Hornschuch has developed a new generation of materials in its portfolio under the Skai® Venezia brand which is supposed to reduce the temperature of its coated fabric outdoors. “Up until now, the surfaces of colored upholstery fabrics heated up uncomfortably with midsummer t[...]

Local Relationships Key to Successful Furniture Design

 BELMONT, North Carolina — While overseas suppliers have had a good run recently, when it comes to furniture and fabric design it appears that local, domestic manufacturing relationships are taking hold. Even before shopping for the latest looks in fabric at Showtime, more furniture manufactu[...]

Dash Art Group Unveils Updated D&D Collections

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — For 50 years, David & Dash sold its larger than life print designs in the USA, South America and worldwide and now Jay Dash is bringing back a selection of those designs for sale to the hospitality trade.  “David & Dash was the first to show American fabrics i[...]

Kravet/Oceania Cruise Collection Hits The Deck Running

BETHPAGE, New York — Kravet has introduced the Oceania Cruise Collection, a licensed 63 sku indoor/outdoor solution dyed acrylic plain and woven jacquard fabrics group that represents the company’s first collection based on a luxury cruise line.  The Oceania Collection came about as a resul[...]

Sunbrella Targets Contract Upholstery As Glen Raven Enters Marketing Era Over Pure Manufacturing

 GLEN RAVEN, North Carolina — Glen Raven Inc., at 133 years old is making a big push into the contract upholstery market with Sunbrella® fabrics according to Hal Hunnicutt, vice president of marketing.  Sunbrella for contract is specified at a higher level for abrasion, design and flexi[...]

Adesal, Argentina’s Boutique Mill, Logs 10th Year at Showtime USA

HIGH POINT, North Carolina — Adesal Jacquards, one of the largest mills in South America is routinely turning in 5-10 percent sales increases each year by catering to what its customers need—lots of designs and small quantity minimums according to Pablo Lacalle, President.  Adesal celebrate[...]

A Combined Bentex, Se7en Find Increased Sales, New Markets Under Michael Durham, Ernest Benbassat Leadership

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The purchase of Bentex Mills by Bur lington®Technologies (BT) just one year ago is starting to pay off according to Michael Durham, President & CEO. Sales for the combined companies are up ten percent in 2013 Durham says, boosted by the return to local resources b[...]

Enduratex Brings Textile Look to Contract Vinyl With New Topcoat for Hospitality, Healthcare Markets

MIRA LOMA, CA— Enduratex™ with 35 years in the pvc business, has come up a notch or two in the contract business in the last five years by producing more vinyl upholstery with a textile look and bring innovations in the topcoat according to Jeff Post, General Manager and Vice President of Market[...]

Brazil’s Artefacto Buys Huge Quantity of Upholstery Fabric

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Artefacto dominates the furniture scene in Brazil with 30 retail outlets, five of them in Sao Paulo in addition to its own manufacturing plant.  Business is flat in Brazil but is moving forward in the USA, according to Artefacto, even though the USA is on a smaller base co[...]

Agnetta Says Italian Mills Face Tough Future Without New Fabric Export Markets

COMO, Italy — Italy is declining domestically and demand is going down according to Piero Agnetta, principal of Milan based L.M. Consulting.  “The Italian textile mills are caught in a credit crunch because the banks will not lend them money to survive and their only hope is to export—but[...]

Arti Bhandari Mehta Opens 11th Artéé Fabrics & Home Outlet

HUDSON, Massachusetts - Artéé Fabrics & Home stores has opened its 11th outlet in Scarsdale, NY and a 12th store in Las Vegas is in the pipeline scheduled to open by October 1.   Artéé Fabrics & Home is owned by Arti Bhandari Mehta, based in Hudson MA. Arti is a well known fabr[...]

The Climent Brothers Attempt to Renegotiate Original Bank Loans for Pepe Penalver Purchase

ALICANTE, Spain--The acquisition of Pepe Penalver by the Climent Brothers in 2010 has run into some tough seas.As a result, the pair are trying to renegotiate the bank loans they incurred when they bought Pepe Penalver for six million Euros. The two brothers, Juan and Jose Climent dramatically incre[...]

Haidee Kramer Opens Dreamweaver Studios

Johannesburg, SA—Haidee Kramer, for many years a constant  at Heimtextil and MoOD when she worked as the chief designer at Home Fabrics in Midrand, South Africa has started up her own company as an editeur of her own collection and also as a distributor of international brands. The new b[...]

Outsider Named Bauman Dekor GM; Seidl Leaves Company After Two Years

GMUND, Austria—Gerhard Brecka has been named managing director of Baumann Dekor. He joined the company from another position outside of the textile industry.Christine Seidl, managing director of Baumann Dekor since January 2011, has left the company. She led the company through a bankruptcy o[...]

JF Fabrics Gets Exclusive Wes Mancini Rug Deal

TORONTO, CA. -- Joanne Fabrics, which markets its US lines under the JF Fabrics brand, has made a deal with Wes Mancini Ltd. to be the exclusive distributor of its rug collection according  to Lisa Nicholl, Joanne's  creative director. On a wholesale level- prices range from $2500- $2[...]

Wearbest’s Bella-Dura® Brand Names Susan Lobel Vice President of Marketing

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wearbest Mills has named Susan Lobel vice president, marketing and brand development  for Bella-Dura® fabrics. Lobel’s goal is to build brand awareness for Bell-Dura with designers, according to Irwin Gasner, principal of Wearbest Mills. Susan Lobel She bega[...]

Klaus Holz Takes Over As Trevira CEO from Robert Gregan

Klaus Holz © photo: Trevira GmbH Bobingen, Germany— Klaus Holz will replace  Robert Gregan as CEO Trevira Gmbh  on July 1.Gregan, who was associated with Trevira as CEO for a two year contract following consultancy support during  the takeover process,  will leave Trevira[...]

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo July 2013 Reports Increased Exhibitor List

ATLANTA--Home Textiles Sourcing Expo says it has succeeded in increasing exhibitor participation and country pavilions represented on the show floor. The fourth edition will be held July 16 – 18, 2013 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The show is co-located with Texworld [...]

Hellwig Joins Dorell Fabrics

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA.—Mark Hellwig has been named Chief Operating Officer of Dorell Fabrics Company, reporting to Ron Frankel, principal and co-partners with Richard Zack, President.Hellwig, who joined Dorell April 15, was previously Vice President, supply chain management for La-Z-Boy Chair C[...]

Navkar Home’s brand new ‘Textured Wool’ collection of rugs

Bikaner, Rajasthan --Navkar Home, a specialist weaver and exporter of contemporary hand-made rugs has added to its lineup, the latest range of ‘Textured Wool’ collection of rugs, a fresh and unique concept into the market.Navkar Home’s forte lies in the exotic woollen felt rugs. It has hand-wo[...]

Kashish Home fashion Exports brings in chindi, denim kilim rugs

Panipat, Haryana: Newest in the house of Kashish Home fashion Exports are chindi kilim rugs and denim kilim rugs in many different designs and colors along with kilim puffs and kilim cushions setting a new home fashion trend this season.The Chindi kilim rugs we use cotton chindi in kilim designs alo[...]

Sunder’s old Persian carpet designs gain popularity internationally

Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh -- Sunder Carpet Company’s recent addition to its carpet lineup, the old Persian designs, are a hot property internationally as they have been selling like hot pancakes.The company sells under its brand name Sunder and specialises in lower hand knotted quality like 5x20 Gabb[...]

Micro Fibre Super Soft and Rainbow carpets launched.

New Delhi -- Micro Fibre Super Soft and Rainbow collection are the latest from Adorn, a brand from the house of Nupur Carpets & Antique Art Exports Pvt. Ltd.These attractive new carpets have been produced using micro fibre, polyester yarn and wastage fabric in a wide range of colours. These are [...]

Larry A. Liebenow, CEO of Quaker Fabrics Corp., passes away at 69

Larry A. Liebenow, CEO of Quaker Fabrics Corp., died suddenly May 23 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. He was the husband of Kathleen (Bendix) Liebenow. Born in Hillsboro, OR, son of the late John and Esther (Swope) Liebenow, he was a Providence resident since 1990. He was an executive [...]

Keystone Weaving Is America’s Latest Textile Success Story

 LEBANON, PA—In less than five years, 83 year old Keystone Weaving Mills, Inc. has become a viable producer of mid to upper price point upholstery fabrics sold directly to the furniture manufacturer and jobber. The transformation of Keystone started in 2008 when customers were running to Chin[...]

How Chinese Silk and an Army Prayer Shawl Shaped Resident Jack Hurwitz’ Life

   Tracing fingers over a sleek black swatch of Chinese silk, Jack describes the fabric’s role in sparking his ideas for the design, manufacture and sale of fine decorative  fabrics. Its quality, workmanship and magnetic beauty caught his attention while he was stationed in China du[...]

Renzo Brings Licensing Deals to Scalamandré

 NEW YORK—Scalamandré, the uptown jobber known worldwide for its printed fabrics since 1929,  is breathing new life into its business through the licensing of finished products under the leadership of Louis Renzo, Owner/Chairman, and Steven Stolman, President.  On May 1, Scalamandr[...]

Mel Letchinger, Textiles Pioneer, Family Centerpiece, Passes On

CHICAGO, Illinios — Mel Letchinger, considered by many to be one of the truly great textile importing pioneers, passed away February 4 after a year’s bout with cancer. Mel was born  November 20th 1928. He would have been 85 this fall. According to his wife Mimi, Mel Letchinger’s lifetime [...]

Zack Taylor Leaves Valdese, Now Wesley Hall President

HICKORY, North Carolina — Zack Taylor, former senior vice president, sales and marketing for Valdese Weavers Inc., has been named president of Wesley Hall, an upper end North Carolina upholstery producer. Taylor was with Valdese Weavers for 20 years and  was highly regarded by his peers. In h[...]