HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Daewoo International, South Korea's leading international trading company that makes everything from rubber gloves to urethane leather for car seats as well as Nike and Reebok shoes, will attend Showtime in June for the first time. According to Richard Kang, manager for Daewoo's textile home furnishing division, the corporation now plans to establish itself as a major upholstery fabric and furnishings manufacturer and supplier.
EAST GREENVILLE, Pennslyvania - Knoll, Inc. announces the formation of a new high end textile brand called Knoll Luxe. Designed by creative director Dorothy Cosonas, the line incorporates the modern, minimalist style of Florence Knoll who started the industry's first commercial textile program in 1947. Knoll Luxe will gear towards the high end corporate and hospitality markets, as well as the residential designer.
MIDDLETON, Massachusetts -Regal Fabrics will be the exclusive source for the continued production of the residential furniture fabrics formerly produced by Hafner Inc.
TEL AVIV, Israel - ''Nachik by Ilith'' will be unveiling its new ''Organic Charm'' collection at Scoperta 2008. ''Nachik by Ilith'' is the export brand of Ilith Ltd. which was founded in 1972 in Tel Aviv, Israel by the Weberman family. The concept of the company is to develop a complete line which represents the current fashion and incorporate it into various types of fabric which will be offered at very competitive prices with low minimum orders.
BIELEFELD, Germany –JAB is executing plans to open one of the Emirates' first full-fledged luxury showrooms in Dubai's famed Burj in the next few years.
OSSINING, New York - Fabrics and Furnishings International learned that Bella-Dura fabrics have achieved a Silver certification and are classified as "preferred products" by MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry). A limited but presently expanding color-line has achieved Gold certification through MBDC.
These certifications confirm that Bella-Dura meets or exceeds MBDC's strict standards for human and environmental health, environmentally preferable materials, strategy for renewable energy, and a comprehensive material re-utilization program.
CONCORD, North Carolina—Heritage House Fabrics LLC has made its second acquisition since its founding in 2000 with the all-cash purchase of Belle Fabrics, originally a successful converter of prints and then an importer of jacquards from Italy, Belgium, India and China.
The exact purchase price was not disclosed by Tom Hilb, the principal and founder of Heritage. He indicated there would be more acquisitions in the future as a way to successfully grow in the market today.
NEW YORK, New York – Kasthall, a large designer and manufacturer of custom hand-tufted, hand-woven and wall-to-wall carpeting has just opened its new flagship location in New York City at the New York Design Center. The center will house the Swedish company's first full showroom in the U.S. as well as its offices. Kasthall will use the showroom to strengthen its North American markets as well as to showcase eight new product lines of runners and wall-to-wall carpeting that are set to launch this year.
RALEIGH, North Carolina —Trimming supplier Classical Elements LLC has officially opened its China based division in Hangzhou according to Stuart Gans, principal of the five year old firm.
The 100 person Classical Elements Hangzhou Company was approved to do business by the Chinese Government in February.
DALLAS, Texas – John Hutton Textiles has just added 15 new colorways and 9 new styles to its signature collection. The company expects that these additions will move John Hutton Textiles into an "even more prominent role within the design community."