Veteran Upholstery Jockey Mike Czarnecki Rides New Horse in Flock Race

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Mike Czarnecki, a veteran of the upholstery fabric trade has landed a new mount as U.S. sales manager for the resurrected Microfibres® brand now owned and produced by Flokser of Turkey. Microfibres will introduce a new velvet line priced from $4.95 for plains and $[...]

Warp Knitted Upholstery Rounds Out Boyteks Product Line Up According to Mustafa Yildirim, General Manager

KAYSERI, TR — Boyteks has developed a $20 million business in value priced warp knits for headboards, mattress covers and more recently, a line of velvet upholstery in an unlimited color range for sofa and furniture manufacturers worldwide, says Mustafa Yildirim, General Manager. Yildirim was o[...]

Valdese Produces Justina Blakeney Collection; Fabric.com Offers 50 sku’s

VALDESE, North Carolina – Justina Blakeney’s first fabric collection produced by Valdese Weavers is being offered for sale on Fabrics.com, the Amazon owned site. About 50 sku’s are on offer at $22-$45 yard retail prices per yard. “Justina’s free-spirited aesthetic translates well int[...]

Amardeep Opens Modern Warehouse, Trades Up Fabric

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Amardeep, a 34-year-old company, has opened “a state of the art, 6,250 square meter warehouse with cutting machines in place” according to Ashok Nanwani, the owner. “Business is slow but sure right now and it has been that way for the past several months,” Nanwani adm[...]

Craig Shirk, 65, Covington’s Mr. Contract, Passes

NEW YORK, New York — Craig Shirk, Vice President of Contract Sales for Covington Fabrics & Design LLC passed away of natural causes on May 28 at his home in Tavares, Florida. He was 65 and joined Covington in 2010. Under Shirk’s direction Covington successfully reestablished the compan[...]

Americans, Germans Pass On Evteks This Year But That May Change with New Show Dates

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The 2017 version of Evteks May 16/20 saw aisles crowded with visitors but where they came from represented a marked change from previous Turkish exhibitions. There was a great influx of visitors from the Middle East including Iran and Iraq and also Russia. More importantly, t[...]

RICHARD LIM JOINS ROCKLAND INDUSTRIES

Baltimore, Maryland--Rockland Industries, Inc. has appointed Richard Lim, principal of Fabs & Fabs representing Rockland in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Rockland is the producer of Roc-lon® branded residential and commercial drapery linings and blackout drape[...]

Pelusio Joins Richloom Hospitality

NEW YORK--Lauren Somers Pelusio has joined Richloom Contract as Creative Director Hospitality Fabrics reporting to John Ringer; VP of Corporate Sales. Pelusio previously worked at Duralee Fabrics for 15 years, where she created exclusive product and helped develop open number collections for the [...]

Publisher’s Mom, Gertrude M. Schneider, 102  

RIVERDALE, NY—Gertrude Milchman Schneider, almost 103, died peacefully at home in Riverdale, NY on Monday, June 26. She is the mother of the publisher of Fabrics & Furnishings International. Her involvement with political causes and letter writing had a big influence on her family, especial[...]

Richloom Sells Readymade Division to Keeco

NEW YORK—Richloom Fabrics Group has sold its reportedly $50 million readymade bedding and window coverings division to Keeco for an undisclosed purchase price. In doing so, Richloom management has made an important strategic decision to focus its energies on the home furnishings piecegoods busi[...]

Chivasso Co-Founder Richard J. Schutte To Retire; 

COMO, IT—After 30 years at the helm of fabric wholesaler and editeur Chivasso, co-founder Richard Schutte, told friends at Proposte that he will leave the company at year end. [caption id="attachment_15216" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ellen Steentjes and Richard J. Schutte[/caption] His e[...]

Milliken Names Jennifer K. Harmon as Vice President, Specialty Interiors

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Milliken has named Jennifer K. Harmon as its new Vice President of the specialty interiors business, which is part of the company’s Performance & Protective Textiles Division. Harmon, who was previously vice president of design and interim vice president of sales at [...]

Galloway named President of Robert Allen Duralee Group Contract division

HAUPPAUGE, NY—Kerry Galloway has been named President of Robert Allen Duralee Group Contract division in April. He was previously Vice President of Robert Allen Contract prior to the merger of Robert Allen and Duralee March 31. At the same time, Amy Silberman Benjamin, Vice President of Dura[...]

Bru Textiles, James Dunlop Textiles Joins Forces in Pacific Rim, Also Export Markets

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ—James Dunlop Textiles, founded in 1907 and now managed by the fourth generation of the Dunlop Family has recently merged into a new group of textile companies which will be named James Dunlop Group (JDG) according to John Dunlop, Chairman and Gary Neiman, Chairman of Bru Textiles,[...]

Covington’s Contract Man, Craig Shirk, 65

NEW YORK--Craig Shirk, Vice President of Contract Sales for Covington Fabrics & Design LLC passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on May 28 at his home in Tavares, Florida. He was 65. Shirk joined Covington in 2010. Under Shirk’s direction Covington successfully reestablished the com[...]

Lee Giller Passes

AKRON, OHIO--Lee Steven Giller, founder of B. Berger and Bailey & Griffin a hardware and fabrics jobber died April 28 just shy of his 60th birthday due to the effects of a 12-year battle with breast cancer. The Family requests that donations be sent to the Breast Man Walking Team for the Susa[...]

Driven By Z-Wovens USA Success, Zhongwang Launches Z-Wovens Europe Under Direction of Guy Parmentier

Ypres, Belgium — Z-Wovens Europe, a subsidiary of Zhongwang Holding Group of Hangzhou China has established itself in Europe under the direction of Guy Parmentier, a well-known export specialist and consultant based in Europe. Parmentier under his Eutex Agency, was an important advisor to many [...]

Gebruder Munzert’s Energy Independence Drives Philosophy Behind the New Pivot Collection Shown at Proposte

NAILA-MARLESREUTH, Germany — Gebruder Munzert, a 91-year-old jacquard weaving mill here is reaping benefits from its early attention to environmentally sound production. “Our new “Pivot” product line officially launched at Proposte 2017. combines color with an incredible soft hand by util[...]

Letter From Proposte

COMO, Italy — 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 l[...]

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[...]