Warwick Australia Targets India to Capitalize on Fast Paced India Market; Opens India Based Sales Office, Warehouse

NEW DELHI, India — Warwick Australia has established direct India operations to market its furnishing fabric collections based on India’s high emerging market potential says Cameron Warwick, Warwick Joint Managing Director. He timed the announcement to the Heimtextil India exhibition in June.[...]

Arc/Com Second Generation Management Takes Hold As Firm Morphs From Healthcare Dominant to More Important Hospitality Supplier

ORANGEBURGH, New York — Arc/Com, a privately held, contract jobber, is transitioning to its second family generation of management with Jeff Layne co-founder still at the wheel with his team. “I joined Arc/Com because I see the opportunity to help this business grow and scale,” says Marc La[...]

Bru Textiles, Charles Dunlop Textiles Join Forces in Pacific Rim, Also Export Markets

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — 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 Br[...]

The Wizard of Plainville, Kansas is Chuck Comeau, CEO of Dessin Fournir, Creator/Acquirer of 13 Companies in 24 Years

PLAINVILLE, KS — Kansas was the location for the 1939 iconic hit “The Wizard of Oz” but Plainville, Kansas is the location of a new wizard in the name of Chuck Comeau. He is the founder of Dessin Fournir, the parent of 13 home furnishings companies that started in 1993 with $250,000 in start-u[...]

Designers Give Van Maele New Life Through O.J. Van Maele Acquisition – Old World Linen Supplier Gains Financial Clout, Restructures Operations

TIELT, BE — Van Maele Weavers, a linen weaver since 1906 has recovered from tough times thanks to the sale of 60 per cent of the company to Garnell-Lake LLC, a group which also operates three company owned showrooms in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York known as Dessin Fournir based in Plainville, [...]

York Sells Minority Interest to Others, Including Outside Saudi Investors for Undisclosed Price; Kalwani Family Still Controls

DUBAI, UAE ­— York Furnishings, considered an important wholesaler and importer of better furnishing fabrics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has sold a minority stake to outside investors. “We would like to officially inform F&FI that we now have strategic equity partne[...]

Chivasso Co-Founder Richard J. Schutte To Retire; Sold Chivasso to Jab Anstoetz Group in Year 2000

COMO, Italy — Afer 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. His exact future plans are not known at this time but Schutte, as CEO and his wife Ellen, founded Chivasso Holding [...]

Crypton® Names New VP of Marketing

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan — July 10, 2017 – The Crypton Companies has hired Matt Targett as Vice President of Marketing, a new position. He will be based in the company’s Bloomfield Hills office. Targett joins Crypton after 7 years at La-Z-Boy, Inc. as the Vice President of Digital Cust[...]

Mitloedi Is Considered the ‘Printers’ Printer

MITLEID/GLARUS, CH—Mitloedi Textildruck AG is known as a printers’ printer as it offers low minimums, as little as 60 meters, high quality work, and techniques that few if any other printers can offer according to Mitloedi customers--editeurs and manufacturers. Mitloedi Textildruck AG is a Sw[...]

Milliken Names Jennifer K. Harmon Vice President, Specialty Interiors

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — 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 s[...]