Profiles & People

Industry Responds to Trevira's Bankruptcy

BOBINGEN, Germany - After Trevira®, one of the world's largest suppliers of FR fiber for textiles, filed for bankruptcy last week, fabric suppliers in the industry are wondering how the company will reemerge after the proceedings and how the textile industry as a whole will be affected by the company's restructuring.

Durham and Sills Own Newly Named 'Se7en'

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – The company recently formed by the acquisition and merger of Tietex Interiors into Burlington Manufacturing Services will be called "Se7en."

Mike Durham, previously president of Tietex Interiors, now CEO of Se7en, and Robert Sills, chairman of Se7en, are part of the ownership.

Tietex International Ltd. in Spartanburg, S.C. sold its interiors division to Burlington in March, 2009. Tietex had owned the entity since it purchased it from the now defunct Burlington Industries in 2002.

Bill Peters Leaves Stroheim & Romann

NEW YORK, New York – Fabrics & Furnishings has learned that Bill Peters, former president of Stroheim & Romann, has left the company.

According to Lee Petraglia, vice president of operations at Stroheim & Romann, Peters resigned from his position. Petraglia would not make any further comment about the announcement, but did confirm that as of Mon. June 1, Peters is no longer employed by Stroheim & Romann.

Reuben Lentz Leaves American Silk

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - In restructuring the company, American Silk Mills has decided to eliminate the position of sales director to decorative jobbers, held by Reuben Lentz for the past three years, according to Lentz.

According to Lentz, the decision was not made as a reflection on him but as a result of business for the entire fabric industry being affected by the recession.

Culp Faux Leather Designs Gains Copyright Registration

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Culp, Inc. (NYSE: CFI) today announced that it has been issued copyright registrations from the United States Copyright Office for three of its most popular upholstery fabric designs: Palomino, Stampede and Wrangler.

Culp said it has sold over 15 million yards of fabric bearing the Palomino, Stampede and Wrangler designs and estimates that a substantial amount of knock-off fabric yardage has been sold by competitors and manufacturers in the industry.

Yang Leaves Stroheim & Romann

LONG ISLAND CITY, New York - Kay Yang has left Stroheim & Romann, Inc. as vice president of design after 14 years with the company.

She was responsible for establishing ''Connoisseur,'' the high-end collection of Stroheim, now seven years old.

Her future plans are not known at this time.

Raymakers Shows 1,000 Velvet Items, One Piece Minimums

HELMOND, The Netherlands – Despite the economic crisis, Raymakers "has the confidence to continue to develop new velvet collections and first class customer support," said Richard Oussoren, managing director. At Proposte 2009 in Como, Italy May 6 to 8, Raymakers will offer a 1,000-piece velvet program available at one piece minimum per color in "easy to handle, up-to-date color ranges and a wide variety of qualities at different price levels," Oussoren said. The program includes cotton, viscose, silk, linen and Trevira®CS velvets.

Alberto Mascioni 46, Leaves Mascioni

CUVIO, Italy – Alberto Mascioni has left his post as chairman of Mascioni SpA, the home furnishings manufacturing and printing division of the Zucchi Group. With the sale of his remaining shares to Zucchi last year, he is also leaving Mascioni after a 27-year career there. He joined Mascioni in 1982 when the company was still a division of the Bassetti Group, as assistant to his uncle Umberto, co-founder of the company with Bernardo, Alberto's father. Alberto was area manager of Europe from 1982-1987 and was managing business developments in the UK market.

New Robert Allen Book to be an All-Inclusive Collection

NEW YORK, New York – Robert Allen Contract, part of The Robert Allen Group, will debut its new Excursions Collection at the HD Expo show in Las Vegas this May.

According to Jolie Cross Cohen, operating vice president of public relations, Excursions is the first to incorporate upholstery, drapery, multi-purpose and outdoor fabrics into one book. The collection of indoor and outdoor fabrics features more than 90 percent exclusive designs and includes subtle traces of metal, chenille accents and other distinguishing factors.

Brady and Mobley Form New Venture

NEW YORK, New York – Nearly a year after parting ways with Croscill, Julie Brady has come forward with the announcement that she and Jerry Mobley have spearheaded a new company named J. Queen New York.

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