Features

Brexit Opens New Doors for UK Converters, Uncertainty Prevails, Clouding Up Clear Picture of Eventual Outcome

LONDON — Brexit, the British departure from the European Union will no doubt have some impact on the UK decorative fabrics business, textile executives indicate in the wake of this historical event. However, nobody surveyed by Fabrics & Furnishings International is too sure how these change[...]

Elvin Turns to Tourist Trade to Offset Russian Market Decline

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Elvin, the novelty curtain weaver has found it increasingly difficult to conduct business in Russia due to the sanctions in place according to Canan Sonmez, head of the Board of Directors. Canan’s father, Ahmet Cenan Sönmez, who initially focused the business on woman’s [...]

Valdese Weavers Sells Itself to 1,000 Employees Through ESOP Trust arranged by management and the Shuford Family

VALDESE, North Carolina — Valdese Weavers Inc. has started its second century of business with the sale of the company to its employees. The sale completed in May is called an ESOP, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that allows each employee to become an owner of shares in the company through gr[...]

Baumann Dekor Receives New Life From Ajay Singh With Co-Partner

COMO, Italy — The new owners of Baumann Dekor are banking on building their business 500 percent in the next five years according to Ajay Bikram Singh, co-principal. Singh put up his life savings in order to purchase Baumann Dekor (debt free) with a silent partner about one year ago, he says. [...]

Edmund Bell’s Atherton Sounds Off About Brexit, Sees Reversal

“I am personally hugely disappointed at the thought of the UK exiting the EU,” says John Atherton, Principal of Edmund Bell, Rochdale, UK drapery linings and blackout specialist. “What is particularly disappointing is that certain politicans (Boris Johnson) have bread such mistrust that it [...]

Israel’s Only Home Grown Brand ‘Nachik’ Continues Growth Curve

TEL AVIV — Nachik brand is growing an average of five percent a year with 2015 slightly better than that according to Nachik Weberman, the principal. ‘Nachik’ is the only home grown editeur in Israel today with its own collection of fabrics that is sold globally since it was started in 2009[...]

Do It For Yourself

NEW YORK, New York — Chad Stark, Sr. VP of Stark and President of the Decorative Furnishings Industry (DFA) wants to double the number of professional interior design projects globally. He expects to launch and maintain a sustainable industry-wide online resource and advertising campaign targeting[...]

Till Sayle Points the Way for Tarf Textil, Recent Drapery Fabric Weaver Recent Entry in Germany

WILDENFELS, FDR — Who is going into the contract drapery business today? Ask Rainer Fröhlich, who worked for Hohmann Drapery at the age of 16 before he started his own manufacturer three years ago named Tarf Textil GmbH. He’s a part of the redirection of looms in Europe as the market cons[...]

Converter Microtex Gets Back into Flock After 10 Year Hiatus

HIALEAH, Florida — Microtex, a subsidiary of Microflock, the converter owned by the Barek Family since 1991, has returned to converting one denier nylon flock in China after exiting the market in 2007. Back in 2007, there was no demand for flock. The market declined dramatically at that time. [...]

Richloom Names Director of Design for Fabric Upholstery Division

NEW YORK, New York — Richloom Fabrics Group has announced that effective July 5, 2016 Jeannie Corey has joined the company as the Director of Design and Merchandising for the Upholstery Fabrics Division.  Jeannie will be reporting to Nolan Mitchell VP of Sales and will be based out of Richloom’[...]