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Creative Women Welcomes New Owners
In March 2014, Creative Women, importer of hand-woven textiles known for classic, rustic home goods and social responsibility, welcomed new owners Jenny Cleveland and Leigh Williams in March. The company was founded in 2002 by Ellen Dorsch to introduce quality Ethiopian textiles to the U.S...
LDB Interior Textiles & 295 Fifth Avenue Party With Monica Pedersen
A red carpet style photo-snapping area and “Make It Beautiful” books personally signed by Guest of Honor Monica Pedersen, design judge on NBC’s prime-time “American Dream Builders,” delighted top supplier and buyer attendees during the 13th semi-annual N.Y. Home Fashions Market V.I.P. cock...
LDB Interior Textiles & 295 Fifth Avenue Party With Monica Pedersen
Guests at the V.I.P. cocktail reception co-sponsored by LDB Interior Textiles and 295 Fifth Avenue during N.Y. Home Fashions Market and held at 295 Fifth Avenue on March 24, 2014 included Rodney and Jason Carr, Softline Home Fashions, who are all smiles flanking the party's Guest of Honor,...
Regal Home Collections Moves To New Showroom In 295 Fifth Avenue
Regal Home Collections has recently moved into a new, larger space in suite 1012 at 295 Fifth Avenue. The space has been completely renovated into a brand new 10,000 square foot modern showroom and office space. The major transformation, designed by Mayo Studios, includes a new concept in ...
Softline Home Fashions Launches Monica Pedersen Line
During Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center in January 2014, Softline Home Fashions launched its new Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful Collection. Shown flanking Pedersen are Jason (left) and Rodnay Carr, Softline Home Fashions president and director of sales, respectively. Int...
Five Product Awards In Home Textiles Bestowed During N.Y. Home Textiles Market
Five companies participating in Home Textiles Market Week® in New York City were named winners of Home Textiles Best New Product Awards on Jan. 31, 2014, with Couture Dreams receiving the "Best of Market" award for its Heavenly Throw. All of the honorees are eligible for NY NOW's “Best of ...
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Muscle-Man Doug Brignole Endorses Softline Simple Drape
Health and fitness expert, Doug Brignole endorses Simple Drape for Softline Home Fashions. Brignole was a Mr. Universe and Mr. America winner and holds many other prestigious body building awards. He is also the co-author of "Million Dollar Muscle." Softline has released a video on it...
Indian Houseware And Decoratives Show (IHDS)
The fifth edition of the Indian Houseware and Decorative Show (IHDS) take places in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India from April 15 to 18, 2014 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. More than 250 exhibitors drawn fro...
Indian Furniture And Accessories Show (IFAS)
The seventh edition of the Indian Furniture and Accessories Show (IFAS) take places in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India from April 15 to 18, 2014 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. More than 250 exhibitors drawn ...
Indian Furnishings, Floorings And Textiles Show (IFFTEX)
The 5th edition of the Indian Furnishings, Floorings and Textile Show (IFFTEX) runs from April 15 to 18, 2014 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. More than 250 leading manufacturers from across India take part in this show. ...
Emerald Expositions To Acquire GLM
Emerald Expositions, Inc. and George Little Management LLC (GLM) announced on Dec. 20, 2013 that Emerald has agreed to acquire GLM from Providence Equity Partners for $335 million, subject to certain adjustments at, and after closing. ??GLM creates face-to-face buying, selling and networki...
KAS Rugs Inks Licensing Partnership With Donny Osmond Home
Beloved entertainer Donny Osmond and wife, Debbie, have partnered with KAS Rugs in a licensing agreement that will feature charismatic and timeless rug collections as well as stylish pillows and poufs. KAS will debut several rug collections featuring Donny Osmond Home's brand aesthetic at ...
Pacific Coast Feather Co. Announces New N. Carolina Mattress Pad Facility
Pacific Coast Feather Company (PCFC) announced that it will rebuild its mattress pad production operations in Gastonia, NC. The company's Wayne, NE, plant was completely destroyed by an EF4 tornado on Oct. 4, 2013, which necessitated the search for a new facility. After an exhaustive...
Hunter Douglas Promotes Kass To President, COO And Hopkins To Chairman
Marv Hopkins, president and chief executive officer of Hunter Douglas North America, announced the promotion of Ron Kass to president and chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2014. Kass will continue to report directly to Hopkins, who is being promoted to chairman in addition to h...
Oriental Weavers Ready To Ship 2014 Pantone Color Of The Year Rug
Pantone, the world's authority on color, announced on Dec. 5, 2013 that the 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid 18-3224. The company describes the shade of purple as captivating, magical and enigmatic. Oriental Weavers (OW) enjoys an exclusive partnership with PANTONE UNIVERSE, ...
Wedgwood Signs Licensing Agreement with Revman International
Wedgwood, the iconic English luxury brand, part of WWRD Holdings Limited, has signed a licensing agreement with Revman International for the launch of Wedgwood Bed and Bath products in the Americas. This is the first in a series of licenses that Wedgwood will be awarding as it extends the ...
Call For Help For Typhoon Haiyan Victims
A message from Allan Ellinger, Chairman of the Board, Fashion Delivers, and Kevin Burke Chairman of the Board, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.): As you know, a massive typhoon ravaged the Philippines last week, leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands homeless. The aftermath...
KAS Rugs Launches Pillows and Poufs, New AmericasMart Space
KAS Rugs, Somerset, NJ is launching into the home décor category during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Markets at AmericasMart, Jan. 7 to 14, 2014. "The market is changing and the furniture business is becoming a large piece o...
Tommy Bahama Signs New Licensing Agreement With Oriental Weavers
Tommy Bahama, the island-inspired lifestyle brand, has signed a new licensing agreement with Oriental Weavers to create multiple collections of indoor and outdoor area rugs. The new rug collections debut January 8-11, 2014 at during The Atlanta International Area Rug Market at AmericasMar...
Oriental Weavers Promotes Craig Johnson To National Accounts Manager
Oriental Weavers has promoted seasoned sales professional and industry veteran, Craig Johnson, to national accounts manager. In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for overseeing and fostering the growth of several key national accounts for the company. Johnson brings more than ...
Yves Delorme Moves to Christian Mosso & Associates Atlanta Showroom
Effective December 1, 2013, Yves Delorme will be represented by Christian Mosso & Associates in Atlanta, GA, located at 230 Spring Street, Suite 1130. The new location will provide the Yves Delorme brand with a larger showroom space for seasonal previews and sales appointments. Yves D...
Louis Hornick & Company Establishes Facility In South Carolina
Louis Hornick and Company, a leading manufacturer and importer of window coverings and home textiles, announced plans to establish its new manufacturing facility in Allendale County, Columbia, SC. The $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 125 new jobs over the next three years. T...
HFPA Honors Carl Goldstein For Lifetime Achievement
The Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA) will honor S. Lichtenberg's Carl Goldstein at its annual meeting on November 13, 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first award of its kind granted by the HFPA, which after this year will continue to be awarded in Goldstein’s n...
Donny & Debbie Osmond Party With LDB/7W
Attendees at the 12th semi-annual N.Y. Home Fashions Market V.I.P cocktail reception co-sponsored by LDB Interior Textiles and 7 West New York, and held at 7 W. 34 St. on Sept. 23, 2013 included Carla Christoff from Nishat Chunian Ltd., who brought along a pillowcase adorned with a teenage...
Donny & Debbie Osmond Party With LDB/7W
Attendees at the 12th semi-annual N.Y. Home Fashions Market V.I.P cocktail reception co-sponsored by LDB Interior Textiles and 7 West New York, and held at 7 W. 34 St. on Sept. 23, 2013 included: Jason and Rodney Carr, Softline Home Fashions flank Satya Tiwari, Surya. Guests of Honor ...
Donny & Debbie Osmond Party With LDB/7W
Top suppliers, buyers and consumer press had smartphone cameras at the ready to capture images of Guests of Honor, Donny Osmond and wife Debbie, during the 12th semi-annual N.Y. Home Fashions Market V.I.P cocktail reception co-sponsored by LDB Interior Textiles and 7 West New York, and hel...
Hunter Douglas Moves To Fully Integrated Distribution Model
Hunter Douglas Inc., leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America, has announced that, for its Hunter Douglas brand products, the company will be phasing out of all remaining two-step distribution relationships with independent, third-party fabricators and w...
Bardwil Signs Licensing Deal With French Bull
French Bull, the lifestyle brand that spans boundaries from home to the street, now adds a striking look to the home in a licensing collaboration with Bardwil Industries on table linens, kitchen textiles and a bath collection. A soft launch is scheduled for the September 2013 New York Home...
Jessica Simpson Launches Bedding And Accessory Collection With Peking Handicraft, Inc.
Jessica Simpson, entertainment, music and style icon and new mother of two, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Peking Handicraft Inc. to launch a full collection of bedding and home décor, in partnership with brand master license, Camuto Group. The home collection takes ...
Tim Gunn Ventures Into Licensing With Indecor Home Design, Div. of Bentex Group, Inc.
Renowned fashion personality Tim Gunn has joined with Indecor Home Design, a division of Bentex Group, Inc., as a master licensee in the U.S. and Canada for a complete Home Collection. Gunn will work in collaboration with Indecor Home design to create a full range of products for all home ...
Rizzy Home Opens New Showroom In 7W New York
Rizzy Home opens a new 3,700-square-foot showroom in 7 West 34 St. in New York City in time for the N.Y. Home Fashions Market, Sept. 23 to 26, 2013. The new showroom on the third floor in Suite 319 is significantly larger than the company's previous showroom in the same building. "Our...
Softline Home Fashions Partners With HGTV's Monica Pedersen
Softline Home Fashions, leading distributor of ready-made curtains, decorative pillows and fabrics, announces a licensing agreement with Monica Pedersen, who is seen on HGTV. The scheduled launch of Monica Pedersen for Softline Make It Beautiful Collection will be in January 2014 at World ...
Comfortex Launches Cordless Shades Featuring Disney And Pixar Characters
Families can now transform their windows with the magic of Disney with Comfortex's new line of roller and cellular shades featuring Disney and Pixar characters. Great for kids' bedrooms and play areas, tween hangouts or any room that needs a magical feel, the Comfortex collection of D...
Oriental Weavers USA Rebrands Its U.S.-Based Businesses
Oriental Weavers USA, a subsidiary of the $800mm/year Oriental Weavers Group, has begun a rebranding initiative of its U.S.-based businesses. Between the 2006 merger of Oriental Weavers of America and Sphinx by Oriental Weavers, and assuming responsibility for the international hospita...
Nourison Appoints Elliot Steel Design Director, Hospitality Division
Nourison announces the appointment of Elliot Steel as design director of the company's Hospitality Division. He will report to Jonny Peykar, vice-president of Hospitality at Nourison. Steel is based in Nourison's offices, warehouse and design facilities in Calhoun, GA.He will be respo...
GLM Enhances Branding And Positioning
Reflecting the evolution and expansion of its services, which extend beyond tradeshows to include consumer events and online resources, GLM announced an enhanced corporate branding and positioning initiative that is best summed up by its new tag line: Global Lifestyle Markets. "Becaus...
Winter 2014 NY NOW Adds Extra Day & Venue
NY NOW®, the Market for Home & Lifestyle, has added an extra day to the Winter 2014 event, and will expand its locations to include the Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. With the addition of one weekday to the winter schedule, the six-day market will run...
Chris Collins Named President Of Arte Italica
Arte Italica announces the appointment of Chris Collins to the position of president. Collins has 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as vice-president and general manager of trade mart 7W New York for more than eight years. Prior to that, Collins held senior executive p...
China Sourcing Fair: Home Products, October In Hong Kong
With products ranging from kitchenware to bags, home appliances and more, suppliers from across China and Asia will be setting out their stalls in Hong Kong this fall at the next China Sourcing Fair: Home Products. Attracting thousands of international visitors from dozens of countries eve...
Bill Mitcheson Joins Rizzy Home
Bill Mitcheson has joined Rizzy Home as the Florida and Caribbean territory manager, according to Mark Ferullo, vice-president of RizTex USA, parent company of Rizzy Home. Bill comes to Rizzy Home with a record of sales success, an industry veteran whose career prior to joining Rizzy Home ...
IWCE VISION Set For Las Vegas In February 2014
The International Window Covering Expo, VISION 2014, will be held in Las Vegas from Feb. 4 to 6, 2014, co-located with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and with the National Home Builder’s Show (NHBS). Although traditionally a bit early for the industry, moving the show dates to...
Blake Dennard Joins Kaleen Rugs As Senior Vice President
Kaleen Rugs is pleased to welcome Blake Dennard back to the Company as senior vice president. "I am very excited to be re-joining Kaleen," says Dennard. "The combination of the outstanding team of employees and the power of true vertical integration gives us unlimited upside potential...
Surya Opens New Las Vegas Showroom
An expansive new Surya Las Vegas showroom in World Market Center C400 will debut in time for the Las Vegas Market, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2013. This anchor fulfills part of International Market Center's new vision for Building C's 4th floor as a destination for home décor. The ...
Sleep Studio Now Known As Authentic Comfort
Sleep Studio, LLC announces a name change to Authentic Comfort. Company officials state that the name change more accurately reflects the company's growing line of Made in the USA comfort products. While Sleep Studio is a recognized leader in the specialty sleep category, new offerings are...
Ellery Homestyles Announces Formalized CEO Transition Plan
Ellery Homestyles, a leading supplier of branded and private label home-fashion products including curtains, bedding, throws and specialty products, has announced that Hugh Rovit will succeed Budd Goldman as chief executive officer (ceo) at the end of calendar year 2013. Rovit, who j...
Fraas Launches Home Accessory Collection For Fall 2013
Over the years, scarves and wraps from FRAAS have been adorning the outfits of celebrities, trendsetters and fashion leaders. As the leading company in this category, it was a logical next step to introduce a home accessory collection that incorporates the same materials, techniques and st...
2013 WCMA Product Award Winners
The 2013 WCMA Product Awards, recognizing the window covering industry's best products and merchandising programs, were presented on Saturday evening, April 20, 2013 at a reception held during IWCE - Vision 13 in New Orleans, LA. Products were called out for their technical achievement, st...
Bari Receives Target Award And Welcomes Harris
Target has awarded Bari Textile Mills Vendor of the Year honors for 2012. According to the award, "Bari continues to be a best in class business partner on the Sheetworld matrix. Their flawless execution year over year combined with trend- right innovation in knitted sheets has positioned T...
Alexa Hampton Debuts First Textile Line Exclusively For HSN
Multichannel retailer HSN partnered with award-winning interior designer Alexa Hampton to launch Alexa Hampton Home, her first-ever textile collection on May 2, 2013, on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile. This exclusive line of quality home décor elements reflects Alexa’s distinctive style a...
Sphinx Partners With Pantone
Sphinx by Oriental Weavers announces its new color partnership with Pantone, LLC. Pantone is the global authority on all things color and the leading provider of professional color standards for the design community. Together, Sphinx and Pantone will embark on a multi-year venture to deli...
Cole Taylor Business Capital Announces Funding For Home Source
Cole Taylor Business Capital, a division of Cole Taylor Bank, recently announced the funding of an $8.25 million facility for Home Source International, Inc., located in Atlanta, GA. The company is an importer, manufacturer, and distributor of home goods, such as bath towels, sheets, top o...
Better Trends Debuts Braided Products At N.Y. Market
Better Trends introduces five braided product lines during N.Y. Market, March 18 to 21, 2013. They include: a braided juvenile gift pack that consists of a soft micro- polyester braided rug, hamper and a baby blanket; a pet pack that includes a pet bed, mattress, cushion and a pet mat; Chri...
IWCE Gains In Pre-Registration Of Home Furnishings Buyers
Organizers of Vision13: the International Window Coverings EXPO (IWCE), have announced a substantial increase in pre-registration of home furnishings buyers and interior designers, other than traditional buyers and window fashions retail owners, for the upcoming IWCE 2013, now in its thirt...
March 15 Deadline To Enter Window Covering Product Awards Competition
The deadline to enter the annual WCMA Product Awards competition is March 15, 2013. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced its call for entries for the 2013 WCMA Product Awards earlier this winter. Product submissions will be judged in the following product categori...
Dallas Market Center Announces Two Winners For The Next Big Give
On February 14, 2013, Dallas Market Center announced the two winners for The Next Big Give, the third annual national search for specialty retailers that make a difference in their communities through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods. The winners are: Journeys of Life, a gifts...
Company C Receives Arts Awards for Area Rugs
ART, the non-profit Accessories Resource Team, and the Dallas Market Center presented Company C with the ARTS Award for Area Rugs at its 24th annual gala held during the recent Total Home and Gift Market Show in Dallas, TX, in January 2013. The ARTS Award program is the only international ...
Ivanka Trump And CHF Industries Enter Home Collection Licensing Agreement
Ivanka Trump announces a new, exclusive licensing agreement with CHF Industries to create an Ivanka Trump home collection that will be sold throughout the U.S. and selective international markets. Under the agreement, CHF Industries is granted the exclusive rights to manufacture, market, a...
Repositioning of NYIGF Culminates With NY NOW Rebranding
With the completion of the New York International Gift Fair's (NYIGFs) three-year strategic reorganization, the summer 2013 market will introduce four new comprehensive market collections and a new exhibit floor layout, positioning New York as the defining marketplace for fashion-forward,...
Surya Wins Magnificent Carpet and Atlanta Showroom Display Awards
Home accessory solutions brand, Surya was recently honored at the 2013 America's Magnificent Carpet Awards with two recognitions for excellence in rug design. Produced by AmericasMart® Atlanta, in conjunction with partners Sandow Media (parent of Home Accents Today) and the Oriental Rug Im...
Feizy Rugs Celebrates 40 Years During Las Vegas Market
In celebration of the companys 40 anniversary, John Feizy will host a 1940s- themed cocktail party Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 from 3 to 6 p.m. in showroom C-399 at the World Trade Center during the upcoming Las Vegas Market. Tracy Porter, the inspired designer behind the Poetic Wanderlust ...
Sphinx By Oriental Weavers Celebrates Las Vegas Showroom Opening
Sphinx by Oriental Weavers is opening its new and greatly expanded showroom at the Las Vegas World Market. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on January 28, 2013. The new showroom is 50 percent larger than the company's previous space at...
Welch Becomes National Sales Manager, Schaefer And Keegan Join Rizzy Home
Rizzy Home has promoted Kevin Welch to national sales manager. Welch, who was hired in October 2012 as regional sales and national accounts manager, has numerous years of sales and management experience with Karastan and Oriental Weavers. Based in Dallas, TX, he will now be overseeing Rizz...
Sara King Facilitates WithIts First Leadership Development Institute
Sara N. King, author and principal at Optimum Insights Inc., an executive training and coaching firm, will facilitate WithIts first Leadership Development Institute Feb. 28, 2013, at the Greensboro-High Point Airport Marriott. WithIt was formed in 1997 to encourage and develop leadership,...
Hunter Douglas Acquires Gulf Coast Window Covering
Hunter Douglas Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America, has acquired the assets of Gulf Cost Window Covering, a prominent longtime fabricator and distributor of Hunter Douglas custom products. The company is based in Houston and serves retail de...
 

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