OSSINING, New York - This year has proven to be a Darwinian challenge for the textile industry as companies have had to reevaluate their products and restrategize, surfacing newfound ways to counter the economic turmoil. While leather and velvets remain timeless staples of hospitality design, the following five companies offer these fabrics with a bright new vision, both high-tech and fashion-forward, illustrating the tenacity and foresight that is necessary to not only survive, but succeed in today's economic climate.
DALLAS, Texas - Perennials, which has become a recognized brand of indoor/outdoor performance fabrics for the high-end residential and hospitality markets, finally purchased its own jacquard mill in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 2008.
Perennials headquarters and 33,000-square-foot warehouse reside in Dallas about an hour and a half plane ride away from San Luis Potosi on the NAFTA highway where it ships stock overnight.
NEW YORK, New York - After facing a lengthy period of internal economic and political conflict, Scalamandre, the prestigious fabric company, now looks forward to a bright future, thanks to new owners, Brian Landow and Louis Renzo, who rescued the reknowned company from bankruptcy this summer.
BRUSSELS, BelgiumJohn-Andrew Ovenstone has been named president of Warwick UK, a new position resulting from the merger of Warwick UK and St. Leger & Viney in South Africa.
Ovenstone came to Warwick from St. Leger & Viney, a South African wholesaler based in Johannesburg which merged with Warwick in August. According to the principals, the merge was a cashless exchange as both companies were strengthened by their convergence. Previously a customer of Warwicks for eight years, St. Leger & Viney has 16 employees while Warwick has 35.
NEW YORK, New York -The 75-year-old French fabric design house, Pierre Frey, has launched a new collection of artisinal French fabrics from Olivades the last remaining textile mill in Provence.
Like Pierre Frey, Olivades prides itself on being a generations-old, family-run company with three sons who run the business. Today, Nikolas Boudin runs the operations from its factory in the south of France, which according to Boudin, is the only Provincial factory printing in Provence.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - In a recent posting on FFI.com, the high-end fabric wholesaler, Skaff, was referred to a distributor of Designers Guild. This information was not correct as Skaff is a client of Designers Guild, a fact which has been cleared up with FFI.com by G.P. Skaff, managing director.
Nanuet, New York - Stacy Garcia has launched a new globally-influenced fabric collection, Atmosphere, inspired by some of the worlds most stylish capitals like Fez, Marrakech and Zanzibarcities rich in both color and history.
NEWARK, New Jersey - Thibaut has launched the Gatehouse Collection, an English garden-inspired line of fabrics and wallpaper with a touch of whimsy.
There are seven woven fabrics, five printed, and 11 wallpaper patterns all boasting vibrantly playful hues like raspberry, fern, lemon yellow and purple haze.
SHANGHAI, China - Nolan Mitchell and Grant Hardin have been hired as Vice President of Asian Operations and Quality Control/Technical Engineering respectively.
ROCKAWAY, New Jersey - Roysons, a manufacturer of wallcoverings for over 30 years, has a whole new image including a new corporate identity and website.
Additionally, new Roysons products have opened the door to upper end commercial wallcovering markets both in the USA and overseas according to Gary Rizzo, vice president of wallcoverings.
Currently Roysons brands, Richwall and Richtex, are being privately labeled in the USA through various distributors, said Gary Rizzo, vice president of wallcoverings.