Jane Mosse StudioThrives Despite Difficult Times For U.K.

HAMPSHIRE, England - Jane Mosse left her design job at Dorma in Manchester 14 years ago to do something she had always wanted: start her own business. Since that day, her business, which she has chosen to remain sole proprietor of, has grown to 15 times its original size, with turnover doubling in t[...]

Forum Dialogue Highlights Turbulence in Specifier-Contract Jobber ‘Marriage’

Brussels, Belgium — The World Fabric Forum panel discussion at Decosit '99 provoked excitement and emotional discussion from both the panel members and the audience. Specifically, it brought to the fore a question regarding the position of the contract jobber in the manufacturing food chain: I[...]

Focus Doubles Its Size in ’99

London — In only its second year, Focus, held in London from 23-26 September, doubled in size, and established itself as the U.K.'s leading exhibition for the top end of the interior design industry. The international exhibition was conceived as an opportunity for companies based in the Chelse[...]

Etun Builds New Mill

Tel-Aviv, Israel — Etun Ltd. is in the midst of an expansion process that includes building a modern weaving mill outside Tel-Aviv. Managing Director Immanuel Horn hopes the new plant – which is scheduled to be completed within one year – will help Etun stay competitive. "You have[...]

During Fabric Lag, Decorex Opts for Accessories

Syon Park, England (UK) — The twenty-second annual Decorex, held in West London's Syon Park from 8-12 September, featured 208 exhibitors and drew over 14,000 visitors from countries around the world. One portrait that emerged from the show was the general dissatisfaction of fabric and furnitur[...]

Demand for Indian Hand Weavers Find New Markets

Bangalore, India — Despite the limitations of hand production, Indian handloom weavers are meeting the challenges of the global marketplace and beating the odds. According to the Handloom Exports Promotion Council (HEPC), an autonomous body engaged in promotion of Indian hand-woven textiles, t[...]

Crestmont Steps Up Export Effort While Prices of American Goods Lag:

Hauppauge, NY (USA) — Crestmont Fabrics, manufacturer of several lines of multi-purpose fabrics, is concentrating on expanding its export activities. "We're going after Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.," said Crestmont President Paul Harris. "It's the r[...]

Metro Wallcoverings Begins Distributing Culp Contract Fabric

Concord, Ontario, Canada — Metro Wallcoverings and Fabrics, based in Canada, has been named distributor for Culp Hospitality & Contract in Canada. The announcement comes at time when Metro is "expanding rapidly in U.S.A.," said Inta Harrison, Metro's Director of Product Development. Harrison i[...]

Chinese Market Presents Familiar Risks, Fresh Opportunities

Shanghai, China - The copying of competitors' designs is a way of life in the People's Republic of China, and this disturbed many fabric suppliers who attended the Intertextile fair held here in October. Firms are hesitant to do business with China because of its rampant copying. Already, it has [...]

Two Decades in the Making, Charismatic Debuts Ozark Brand

Hartfordshire, England (UK) — Twenty years in the making, the Charismatic Brands Ltd.'s Ozark brand made its world debut in October, and early indications are that it will be successful. Airlines immediately expressed interest in the brand, said Leslie Creasey, Ozark's developer. Following its[...]

Carole Finds Niche with International Sourcing and ‘Total Sales Concept’

Augusta, GA (USA) — Top American jobber Carole Fabrics found its niche in providing custom window products from imported fabrics, and according to company President Bill Geiger, growing demand for Carole products has driven the company to continually add to its inventory. At first, European [...]

British Exhibitors at Decosit Present Diverse Lines

Brussels— Innovation in color, design and texture were the hallmarks of the U.K. exhibitors at Decosit '99. The emphasis was on simple yet dramatic designs as British firms displayed their diversity, focusing on traditional themes but in contemporary styles. The British contingent at Decosi[...]

Earth-Friendly Bridge of Weir Tannery Takes Aim at Contract

Glasgow, Scotland, (UK) — In the summer, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Tanning Industries Ltd, became one of the first tanneries in the world to be awarded Bsi standard BS EN ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems. The accreditation is a signific[...]

Belgians Coast Into Decosit on a Strong Second Half

Brussels, Belgium — Belgian exhibitors at Decosit said that the interest shown in their products at the fair was evidence of a lively second half of the year following a weak first half. Despite fewer visitors from the Far East, exhibitors reported overall numbers at least equal to last year's[...]

A. Arora to Purchase Dicitex Home Fabrics Division

Bombay, India — Ajay Arora informed F&FI at presstime that he expects to purchase the home furnishings division of the Dicitex Group Bombay, a producer of synthetic textiles. "In all probability, I will acquire the home furnishings division and will continue to operate it in the style of D[...]

Saudi Arabian Wholesaler Al-Guthmi Adds High-Priced Products

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — After concentrating for many years on the low to middle price range, Mohamed O. Al-Guthmi is expanding its marketing strategy to cover medium to high price points with better fabric lines than ever before, said Ahmed Al-Guthmi, a principal. ''We're featuring fabr[...]

Mitchell Gold Emphasizes Simplicity to Showtime Seminar Audience

High Point — ''What is your niche?'' This was the opening question that Mitchell Gold, owner of the $60-million upholstery manufacturing operation of the same name, posed to buyers and exhibitors attending his July 14 presentation, which was sponsored by Fabrics and Furnishings International[...]

U.K. Converters Hope to Take European Look Global

Brussels, Belgium – Across town from Decosit, the rival show, Textiles d’Interieur Premiere (TIP-7) trade show held at Parc Elisabeth, Brussels, demonstrated the extent to which some traditional U.K. converters are becoming more Continental. Design simplicity was the theme for Q Designs[...]

Gradually, the Internet is Spinning Webs in the Fabrics Industry

LONDON – With the advent of the computer age, the fabrics industry, like many others, is forever changed. Ultimately, companies are trying to satisfy the consumer who demands goods sooner and sooner. Some companies have automated their warehouses and networked them with factories. Factory mana[...]

Three Mills Near Hanzhou: Companies Concentrate on Increasing Exports

Hanzhou, China - There are many decorative fabric mills within one half hour flying time of Shanghai, but I chose to take a bus and a train for my visits just to sample the local transportation and get the lay of the land. A visual inspection of these mills revealed older but serviceable equipm[...]

Deal with Scandic Hotels A Step Toward More Contract For Boräs Cotton

Company's After five years of negotiations, Boräs Cotton, one of the largest textile producers in northern Europe, recently landed a deal to supply curtains, bedspreads and bed valances for the Scandic Hotel Group's new hotels and renovations. The company hopes this deal lends momentum to its pla[...]

Shanghai Victoria Opens China’s Largest Fabric Showroom

Shanghai, People's Republic of China — At 10,000 square meters on four floors, the recently opened Victoria Fabric Depot is believed to be the largest fabric retailer in China today with 250 employees. The importance of the store to Shanghai and the country is underscored by the attention its [...]

SCR Sees Designer Role Changes Contract Jobbers Miss Retro Look

New York - The designer's job description has changed, according to Ed Bajbeck, a 30-year veteran of the design world and Senior Vice President, Director of Design for SCR, a major specifier of corporate interiors. ''Designers are no longer educators but problem solvers and creators of value for mon[...]

Duquesne Joins Burlington

Greensboro, N.C. - Stephan P. Duquesne has joined the International Sales division of Burlington House. This was confirmed by sources at Cone although neither Duquesne nor Burlington House President Jack Ganley could be reached for comment. Company officials described Duquesne's departure from C[...]

Mastercraft Taps Thompson; Gurman, Aingorn Depart

Spindale, N.C. - Peter Thompson has joined Mastercraft Fabrics as Vice President of International Sales, according to Ray King, President. Thompson will be responsible for export and import activities for Mastercraft, Doblin and Home Fabrics. He was regional Vice President of Sales for the CDF div[...]

Decosit ’99 News Briefs

Brussels Fabrics at this year's Decosit are softer, plusher and more tactile. Whole emphasis is on surface interest. This has been achieved through more interesting yarns, including but not limited to chenilles. Boucles are softer especially when combined with chenilles. Other combinations are silk [...]

Roc-Lon Introduces Its Solution for a Better Night’s Sleep

New York -- According to Sleep Medicine Studies, 92 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation, and this number jumps vastly when speaking about the problem on a worldwide scale. This sleeplessness is a major cause of traffic accidents and health problems, not to mention inefficiencies, errors [...]

Research Yields New Marketing Program for Lakatex/Muller Zell

Goor, The Netherlands -- Dutch Lakatex and German Muller Zell, the Interior Textiles Group within the Blydenstein Willink textiles concern have completely changed their collection strategy. They are now devoting more attention to the creation of themes, geared to specific fields of interest or clien[...]

A’alam Saudi Furniture Opens Showroom on 20th Anniversary

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- A'alam Saudi Furniture Factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the opening of its tenth showroom in the southern part of Saudi Arabia, according to Abbas Ali Slim, international purchasing manager.Saudi Arabia is considered by far to be the largest market in the Midd[...]

Walsden Gets Contract with Concord to Print High-End Designs

Lancashire, UK -- Like so many of his compatriots, Jim Kidd, managing director of Walsden Printing Co., has found the past twelve months hard going, affected as they have been by unstable world markets and the high level of sterling. But unlike so many of his compatriots, Kidd has been able to land [...]

Tapecol’s Decosit Show to Feature Innovative Qualities, Colors

S‹o Paulo, Brazil -- With an annual turnover of U.S. $70 million, Textil Tapecol is the biggest and most important manufacturer of jacquard products for decoration in Latin America. While it is known for top-quality prices at competitive prices, Tapecol will use Decosit to showcase its new tex[...]

Italy Section: New Products Drive Mario Sirtori Sales

Costamasnaga, Italy -- Buoyed by the great success obtained through its product 'Acquacotton,' Mario Sirtori SpA has recently launched 'Cotton Stripe.' This product is a velvet in 100 percent cotton, soft to the touch and machine washable. It is available in 25 colors."The effect is that of a cotto[...]

ITMA Fair Showcases Improved Technology in a Down Market

Paris -- 'Value added' was the buzzword at the International Textiles Machinery Association fair held in Paris, France from June 1 -10.Systems integration combining software, hardware, looms and/or printers are being designed to offer the mill owner or converter better value, speed and flexibility."[...]

Weathervane Hill Increases Business by More Than 50 Percent

Norwalk, CT (USA) -- She calls it "boutique branding" and according to Meri Stevens of converter Weathervane Hill, it is the crux behind the company."We saw that there was a definite need in the marketplace for a small boutique brand," said Stevens. "Our point of view is targeted marketing. We are n[...]

Focus on Mills: The U.K. Mills of Yesteryear Look for New Strategies

The United Kingdom -- If one requests the Public Relations department at a mill in the United Kingdom, the operator remains silent. For years, mills in the UK created fabrics. They didn't market themselves, or try to put a creative flair to their work. Now, times have changed. The stagnant market ha[...]