Sunbury Makes Move to Larger Chelsea Space

NEW YORK—Sunbury Textiles Mills, a jacquard weaver based in Sunbury, PA., has moved to a larger office and design studio here from 10,000 square feet in SoHo to 12,500 square feet in the Chelsea area on 25th Street. At the same time, Sunbury has created a new corporate brand under the direction[...]

Carleton House, Dogwood Fabrics Merge

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland —Effective May 1, Carleton House Fabrics a family owned fabric wholesaler here since 1952 will merge with Dogwood Fabrics of Atlanta, Georgia according to Don Hurwitz, principal of Carleton House. Rick and Pat Mcinnis are the owners of Dogwood, a 72-year old wholesaler. [...]

Walker Greenbank Adds Clarke & Clarke To Its Fabric Portfolio

DENHAM, UK—Walker Greenbank has acquired Clarke & Clarke for a reported price of £42.5 million over a four-year period. The annual sales of Clarke & Clarke are reportedly £18 million. One industry veteran commented “there is a shortage of good companies for sale and that is why [...]

Daiichi Kasei Company Buys Ultrafabrics LLC

KYOTO, JAPAN­—Daiichi Kasei Co. has acquired 100 percent of Ultrafabrics LLC, the artificial leather distributor in Tarrytown, NY (USA) in mid-February, 2017. Daiichi Kasei is a Japan based company primarily engaged in the production and sale of synthetic leather. According to a report by R[...]

TSG Finishing Targets Contract Fabric Finishes

HICKORY, North Carolina: TSG Finishing, LLC is proud to introduce the DEFEND® brand of high performance finishing technology to better meet the needs of the contract upholstery and wall covering marketplace. “The contract hospitality and residential markets have made it very clear that current[...]

The Design Archive Opens UK Showroom

LONDON–The Design Archive, Sharon Crowson’s new company has opened its first showroom on Lots Road near the Chelsea Design Center here. The new fabrics are re-colored  designs from the Crowson archive. Crowson was a successful U.K. Converter which closed its doors a few years ago. Sharon [...]

Printer, Editeur, Converter Panaz Becomes Major Global Contract Player Driven Hard by 30 Year Veteran Tony Attard

LANCASHIRE, UK—Panaz Ltd. has evolved as a major contract printer, converter and designer of contract fabrics with sales in the $25 million range but CEO Tony Attard expects to double business in the next five years. The company owns state of the art printing machines capable of printing 200 me[...]

Eric Lazarus Joins Aperture Contract, Charles Samelson’s New Roller Shade Division

New York, New York—Eric Lazarus, 30 years plus hospitality industry veteran has been named Vice President of Aperture Contract, the newest addition to the Charles Samelson, Inc. family of brands, focused on providing a unique collection of decorative roller shades for the commercial marketplace. [...]

High Performance Fabrics Drives Culp Upholstery Sales, While Bonded Leather Sales Take Back Seat to Live Smart

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Sales of Culp Inc.’s high-performance fabrics introduced in 2016 are running 40% ahead of the company’s similar categories, says Liam Waters, Culp’s Vice President, Marketing. ‘Live Smart,’ Culp’s performance brand is supplanting the company’s previous[...]

La-Z-Boy Buys 10 Million Yards Annually

La-Z-Boy, a Monroe, Michigan based manufacturer, introduced “I-Clean” high-performance fabric on its mid-price-range upholstered prototypes at the April, 2016 International Home Furnishings Market.  They reportedly were very pleased by initial retailer response and extremely excited by sales fi[...]

Covington Off to Fast 2017 Start, Offers New Jennifer Adams Collections at Showtime

NEW YORK — Covington Fabric & Design LLC is entering the second half of 2017 with “the best start ever and an expected overall sales increase for the year at ten percent or better,” according to Greg Tarver, CEO. “Our retail and chain business is up significantly in spite of the loss [...]

Rockland’s Kresel Builds Birdhouses, Sells Blackout!

BALTIMORE, MD —  In 1997 Rockland Mills Executive VP Sales Mark Kresel ended his career as a international fishing angler due to a mishap with a 900 pound Mako Shark. After working  the Shark for six hours he finally gave in and “I have him hanging on my wall–all fourteen feet of him!” [...]

John Lowe Joins F&FI

HIGH POINT, NC—John Lowe, veteran journalist with the High Point Enterprise has joined Sipco Publications Inc. as a contributing editor. [caption id="attachment_15085" align="alignleft" width="280"] John Lowe[/caption] Lowe worked for the Enterprise in various positions from assistant news e[...]

Milliken Makes Late Performance Fabrics Entry With ‘Breathe™’

SPARTANBURG, SC—Milliken & Company is re-entering the residential upholstery fabric field with a patented, trademarked performance fabric named Breathe™. The first sale of Breathe has been made on a direct basis to the retailer Pottery Barn with 200 stores. “Pottery Barn has made the co[...]

Valdese Buys Circa 1801 Plant

VALDESE, North Carolina — Valdese Weavers has purchased the Circa1801 facility in Connelly Springs, NC, according to Michael Shelton, President & CEO. The 156,000 square foot structure houses the Circa 1801 Design studio, administrative  offices, and manufacturing plant. The building was c[...]

Tony Attard Also Chairman of Alusid, Architectural Glass Recycler

LANCASHIRE—Alusid is a manufacturer of recycled ceramics and glass from sinks, bathtubs and television screen glass that would otherwise go into the landfill. The Silicastone product line is used for indoor/outdoor surfaces in the same way a designer would use stone, according to Tony Attard, C[...]

Financial Firm Buys Carnegie Major Stake

ROCKVILLE CENTER, New York — Carnegie has finalized an agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to a financial partner named Calera Capital based in Boston, MA. The  purchase price is not disclosed. Cliff Goldman, Carnegie second generation family owner will remain a minority share[...]

Dicitex Furnishings Teams Up With Bollywood Star Hrithik Roshan to Launch Digital Home Solution in Local Market

MUMBAI—Bollywood Star and   ‘Greek God’ Hrithik Roshan has turned into an interior enthusiast since he became the Brand ambassador of Dicitex Furnishings. Together with the Arora’s, the owners of Dicitex, they have launched DCTEX Digital Solutions software to over 700+ top retailers fr[...]

The Crypton® Companies Acquired By Berkley Capital

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan — The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC & Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets,  announced April 3 that Berkley Capital, LLC  has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital will become majority owners [...]

Kathy Dotterer Styles Up Brentwood Textiles While Company Triples Sales Volume Since It Was Acquired Three Years Ago

HIGH POINT, North Carolina — With the guidance and financial support of parent company STI, Brentwood Textiles has tripled its sales as a converter of upholstery and decorative fabrics since it was purchased in 2015 according to Sean Gibbons, STI’s CEO. “I won’t release sales figures,” [...]

Mayo Furniture’s Patrick Mayo Sings His Praise About Brentwood, Kathy Dotterer

TEXARKANA, Texas — Mayo Mfg. Corp. is a 50-year-old upholstery maker which has co-branded Revolution Performance Fabric on its website. “It’s hard for me to talk about Brentwood without mentioning STI,” says Patrick Mayo, President. “When STI purchased Brentwood, they were able to co[...]

Craftmaster’s Henson Says Brentwood Price Points Are Modest for the Look, Offering Unique Patterns

TAYLORSVILLE, North Carolina — “We are buying many items from Brentwood this season,” says Suzanne Henson, Vice President Merchandising and Marketing, Craftmaster Furniture here. Although Brentwood is a relatively new supplier for Craftmaster, she says she is buying “everything from a sil[...]

Robert Allen and Duralee Fabrics Finally Merge After Many Rumors

NEW YORK — The Robert Allen Group and Duralee Fabrics, Ltd. have finally merged (March 31) capping off negotiations that began last year with the loss of the founder, Leonard Silberman last April. The Robert Allen Duralee Group (The RAD Group) is the name of the new entity combining both compan[...]

Tapistel Rebrands As Home Link Mexico; Opens Two More Showrooms With Family Members

MONTERREY, Mexico —After 60 years in business as a major jobber with 65 employees, Tapistel has rebranded itself as Home Link and plans to open two more showrooms in addition to its two showrooms in Monterrey according to Mauricio Marchand, the second generation owner of the business. His fathe[...]

Donghia Taps Witmer

[caption id="attachment_14997" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jonathan Witmer[/caption] NEW YORK — Jonathan Witmer has been named CEO & President of Donghia based in the New York office and reporting to Andrea Favoretto Rubelli who has been named Chairman. Andrea has also been named CEO of [...]

Brazil’s Orlean Plants Its Flag in USA; More Outlets Scheduled

MIAMI, Florida — Orlean, a Sao Paolo, Brazil based manufacturer of wallcoverings and sheer curtain fabrics has opened its first branch in the USA here with another one to follow in New York within five years according to Gustavo Orlean, the 28-year-old second generation owner of this manufacturer [...]

Geysels Says MoOD, Indigo Are Almost Sold Out; Boutique Shows Endure

GHENT, BE — MoOD and its sister exhibition Indigo is turning in a better result than at the same time last year, according to Patrick Geysels, Director of MoOD and Indigo. This is occurring in spite of the fact that “the fabrics industry is being challenged by major changes,” he says. [c[...]

Justina Blakeney Creates New Valdese Line

VALDESE, N.C-- – Valdese Weavers has teamed up with designer Justina Blakeney for her first fabric collection to be launched at June Showtime. Blakeney is the Los Angeles-based artist best known for ‘Jungalow,’ her blog which has an audience of more than two million people who love her c[...]

Post Proposte Holiday

MILAN--After a rain soaked weekend in Ospedeletti on the Italian coast headed towards Cannes, I stayed at the Malpensa Sheraton in the Milan Airport. Nice hotel but nicer still was the renewed Ill Canneto Restaurant on the lobby floor. Note the wire mesh fabric on the restaurant bar. Is that cons[...]

Best or Least

COMO, IT—You’re either the best at what you do or you’re the least expensive. Everything in between is questionable. This is true in every industry but it is especially true in decorative fabrics and upholstery. This was made very clear at Proposte and International Observatory this Mo[...]

Richard Oussoren, Pieter van Acker Purchase Acker Mill

GEMERT, The Netherlands--Johan van den Acker Textielfabriek BV, a small specialist weaver will be acquired on May 15 by Pieter van den Acker the sixth generation of the founding family and Richard Oussoren, owner of Royal Dutch Textile Mills J.A. Raymakers & Co. BV both located in Gemert. This is[...]

Chris Latham Leaves Holly Hunt, Chicago

NEW YORK–Chris Latham left his post as Vice President, Textiles, Leather & Rugs at Holly Hunt in February after joining that company in August, 2015. He has returned to New York from Chicago as President of his own consulting company, Latham & Associates Textiles Sales & Consulting. Holly Hun[...]

Witmer Tapped Donghia CEO, President

NEW YORK-- Jonathan Witmer has been named CEO & President of Donghia based in the New York office and reporting to Andrea Rubelli who has been named Chairman. Andrea succeeds his father Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli in this new post. “Our past Chairman, whom I thank on behalf of everyone at [...]

Carleton House, Dogwood Fabrics Merge

GAITHERSBURG, MD.--Effective May 1, Carleton House Fabrics a family owned fabric wholesaler here since 1952 will merge with Dogwood Fabrics of Atlanta, Georgia according to Don Hurwitz, principal of Carleton House. Rick and Pat Mcinnis are the owners of Dogwood, a 72-year old wholesaler. “All[...]

The Crypton® Companies Acquired By Berkley Capital

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan –The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC & Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, announced April 3 that Berkley Capital, LLC  has acquired a majority stake.   Berkley Capital will become majority owners of t[...]