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[...]

Artéé Opens Up 10th Store

HUDSON, MA--Artéé Fabrics and Home has developed into a regional northeast focused 10 store chain with its latest outlet in Metairie, New Orleans, and a former Calico fabric store.The Artéé acquisition of two Printers Alley stores from P/Kaufmann in Wilmington, NC and Richmond, VA in the past tw[...]

Briggs Out at Calico

Kennett Square, PA— Lori Briggs, an 11 year veteran fabrics buyer for the Calico retail chain left the company in November. Her departure was part of a management shake-up effected by Bert Kerstetter, the dynamic owner of the chain who has recently become active in day to day management of the bus[...]

Bru Textiles Opens Warehouse in Dubai

Kontich, Belgium — Bru Textiles reportedly has opened its first distribution warehouse in Dubai to serve the Middle East market but Bru executives were not available for comment or confirmation.The report comes from a source with information close to Bru Textiles.Since brothers Gary, 45 and Jason [...]

Richloom Backs New Surface Technology for Hospitality

NEW YORK, NY — Richloom Inc. has taken a majority interest in a new company called PURETi,  which manufactures and markets  breakthrough UV-PCO products that provide sustainable solutions applied to surfaces like concrete and fabrics.With headquarters in New York and manufacturing i[...]

Calico Rebounds, Rebrands, Reboots, Restores, World’s Strongest Home Fabrics Retailer in North American Market

KENNETT SQUARE, PA — After ten years on the sidelines, Bert Kerstetter 66, chairman and cheer leader has once again taken the management reins of Calico (formerly Calico Corners) together with Julie Morris, the newly named vice president of merchandising, to rebuild the 65 year old fabric Goliath[...]

Designtex Large Format Digital Printing Adds Multi Million Dollar Surface Business Under Susan Lyons

NEW YORK, NY— Designtex is turning up new business markets and new ways to run its marketing under the leadership of Susan Lyons, president since June, 2012.  One example of the new activity is Designtex Surface Imaging, a newly named division that is developing large format design and then d[...]

Australia’s Redelman Fabrics, Wallcoverings Opens 10,000 SF Showroom In Sydney

SYDNEY, Aus — Redelman Fabrics and Wallcoverings has opened a 10,000 square foot showroom in Sydney, Australia situated above its warehouse on 54 Rosebery Avenue.   “We are optimistic for the future as the global economic conditions appear to be stabilizing,” said Nadia Redelman, fourth g[...]

Parmentier Signs Tosunoglu Consulting Deal After Leaving Ragolle in Belgium

 LEPER, Be — Guy Parmentier, former export manager of Ragolle of Belgium, has closed a deal as export consultant with the company TOSUNOGLU Tekstil – based in Denizli – Turkey. The family owned and run company TOSUNOGLU is a vertical  weaving mill with a dyeing and finishing plant. I[...]

ADF/Westgate Changes Beirut Based Deal, Rayess, Schroeder Out

NEW YORK — ADF/Westgate has ended its agreement with Houssam ‘Sam’ Rayess to represent it in the Middle East as director of sales after almost two years to the day. Rayess and Li’s arrangement will most likely be settled by the courts, it was learned. According to Harvey Poe, ADF’s legal c[...]

Gittelson Says: China’s Still Upholstery Fabric Export King; Morgan Fabrics Still Dominates China Imports

 LOS ANGELES, California — For those who think that the upholstery fabric business is swinging back to the USA, CEO and president of Morgan Fabrics Inc. Michael Gittelson says that “nothing has changed.” “We don’t believe that business is shifting back to the States.  The cost di[...]

Manifattura Tessile Di Nole Turns 100, Keeps Focus On Production, Customers

 NOLE, Torino, Italy —Manifattura Tessile Di Nole at 100 years of age is testimony to standing your ground in a difficult weaving environment and selling only to wholesalers and world class editeurs, according to Luca Ferrari, owner of the original velvet mill purchased by his father in the 1[...]

Arben Textile’s Karim Rashid Collection Hits Heimtextil 2013

NEW YORK, New York —Karim Rashid, the designer of home furnishings for the mass market has unveiled his Globalove fabric collection licensed by Arben Textile, Moscow, the large  Russian fabric wholesaler showing at Heimtextil stand 4.1 E91. Rashid has done other fabric collections in the past[...]

Brand Study Shows Diolen®Safe FR Yarns Takes Second After 12 Months On Market

 DEGGENDORF, FDR— DIOLEN ®SAFE FR fiber has risen to the number two spot in brand recognition behind Trevira® CS  after one year on the market, according to Gerhard Havranek, managing director of FR Safety Yarns GmbH & Co. KG.  TWD Fibres GmbH and Lauffenmühle GmbH,  par[...]

Home Furnishing International Bets Its Future on Printed Bedding Fabrics, Serving 30 Major Manufacturers

 SHANGHAI, PRC—Home Furnishing International (HFI)  is increasing its investment in large volume and low margin  rotary screen printing to better serve the bedding industry in its primary facility in Rugao, China, according to David Li, principal, CEO and president of the privately [...]

Sachin, Babi Ahluwalia Bring Ankasa to Beacon Hill

New York, New York— Robert Allen’s Beacon Hill brand has partnered with the fashion brand Ankasa to create the ‘Iconic Collection,’ of embroideries and jacquards.  Ankasa Iconic is the work of Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia.   In concert with Alexis Audette, operating vice president of [...]

Beekalene Opens Dye House, After $5 Million Expansion; Sehgal’s Say Changes will Improve Mill’s Production Status

 MUMBAI, India — Beekalene Pvt. Ltd. has doubled capacity in the past two years, producing close to ten million meters of upholstery and drapery fabrics annually according to Karan Sehgal. He runs the business with his father and his brother Kabir. “Our expansion, which started last year, w[...]

New York’s Bryant Park Hosts Global Wool Promotion, Plus Camira Upholstery

 NEW YORK, New York — The Campaign for Wool was launched into the US interiors sector with an all day event and night time party at Bryant Park here. The park fountain became a wool sculpture; trees were wrapped in wool felt; carpets, upholstery and bedding brought a colorful accent to the gr[...]

Telas & Telas New Mexico City Showroom Now Features Kasmir Fabrics

 MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Telas & Telas, a 30 year old leader in the sale and distribution of textiles throughout Mexico, has recently opened a stunning new showroom in the heart of the Mexican home furnishings fashion district in Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City. This new showroom is in [...]

Babei Launches Trevira®CS at Shanghai Intertextile Wang Cautiously Approaches Next Three Quarters

 SHANGHAI, PRC — Babei Textiles, China launched its Trevira®CS collections during Intertextile in Shanghai this August and added a new line catering to marine, contract, hotel and yacht applications.  “Our focus is now greatest in China, Singapore, Taiwan and other Asian markets”, s[...]