German Editeurs Are Finding Things Very Tough Indeed As They Seek Restructuring and the Local Courts for Salvation

NEW YORK—As the world heads to Proposte for the annual showing of European suppliers, German  editeurs are battling difficult market conditions in the wake of declining sales and poor reorders leaving their vendors and agents out of luck for payments. This will no doubt put a damper on proceed[...]

Letter from the Publisher

It’s not everyday someone hands over the keys to a kingdom- a Fabrics & Furnishings kingdom that is! After building F&FI for 27 years, my father, Eric is turning the business over to me. But don’t worry, he will still be handling all things editorial, so you will still see him around! [...]

Nya Nordiska Voluntarily Reorganizes Business

DANNENBERG, FDR—Nya Nordiska, a medium sized German editeur, filed for protection under the Germany bankruptcy laws February 2 according to a letter sent to its suppliers by Remo Rentgen, CEO. The move to reorganize was made to “adapt our company to the changed market and competitive conditio[...]

Sahco Hesslein Files Voluntary Bankruptcy

NUREMBERG, FDR—Sahco Hesslein, the small German editeur based here has filed for insolvency as of February 8, just two weeks after another German editeur, Nya Nordiska found itself in similar financial straits. “It’s not Germany but the global textile situation,” one veteran textile sourc[...]

China Took 20 Years to Become Manufacturing Force But Now Loses Ground to USA

SHANGHAI/USA—The wheels of the Chinese market have turned so much in the last 20 years that China has given some of the ground won in textiles back to the United States, according to David Li, a Chinese born entrepreneur who has been an American citizen for many years who now spends one third of h[...]

Richard Smith Says Thieves Stole Artwork From Three Companies at Heimtextil But Messe Frankfurt Recommends Hiring Security

FRANKFURT—Theft of intellectual property reared its ugly head at this past Heimtextil January 9-12 in Hall 4.2. Italian mill Vincenzo Molteni, Richard Smith Textile Services (UK) and The French company Theony, at stand F41 were the victims of theft. “I’m very sorry that a paper design wa[...]

“Wowed” By An Unexpected Icelandic Adventure

Everybody is familiar with the expression, “Be careful what you wish for!”  In my case, that is exactly what had happened on my trip home from Heimtex. When I was booking my flight to Germany way back in October, I was put off by the high prices for flights to Frankfurt, in particular.  It [...]

Bill Geiger Quietly Takes Retirement, Paves Way for Frank Andrew, New Carole President

AUGUSTA, Georgia — After 45 years with Carole Fabrics, Bill Geiger, President and CEO decided to retire but will continue to consult with the company and make a smooth transition possible with Frank Andrew, the new President. The changes, which happened last July, were never announced publicly [...]

M. L. Arora Founder of Dicitex Furnishings, 75

MUMBAI — M.L. Arora, the founder of Dicitex Furnishings Pvt. was born August 18, 1942 and passed August 28, 2017. Arora left his native village in Punjab India as a school kid in order to relocate to Mumbai. He was unable to continue his studies for want of money and his responsibility to look [...]

Boyteks Develops Highly Technical Fabrics

KAYSERI, TURKEY—Boyteks, a major upholstery fabric weaver has developed a series of technologies which creates a fabric that is either easy to clean with water,  its ‘Clean Ink’ brand; photocatalytic coatings which can produce relatively germ free, self cleaning indoor and outdoor fabric surf[...]