Show Review - March 2017

Fashion Foray: For the Bath
By Wanda Jankowski

Fresh twists on towels include pairings of cotton and linen that garner the best of both natural fibers

Fabulous Flax Flatiron® Flax bath towels combine trusted cotton with the benefits of flax linen for sumptuous absorbency. Each towel also offers softness, breathability and durability that improve wash after wash. In addition, the inherent anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic properties help keep the towels fresh. They are available in solid and waffle designs. WestPoint Home, Inc., 800-533-8229, westpointhome.com
Portuguese Pairing Made in Portugal, Amagansett towels are made with 100 percent cotton garment washed with a linen cuff and eyelash fringe. Colors available include white, oatmeal, dolphin gray and freshwater blue. Kassatex, 877-258-5177, kassatex.com
Delicate Flowers From the J. Queen brand, the Mika bath set is adorned with delicate blossoms. The shower curtain is made with 100 percent polyester. The bath accessories are stoneware/ceramic. Also available are towels and bath mat. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555, jqueen-ny.co
Elephants On Parade The Neela Collection features a global-inspired elephant pattern in a fresh blue/green color palette. Avanti Linens, 800-360-0836, avantilinens.com
Versatile Pestemal The Alara Turkish Pestemal beach towel is loomed with 100 percent Turkish cotton. Lightweight and quick drying, it is finished off with hand-tied fringes. The Alara is ideal for use also as a summer blanket, sarong, tablecloth, scarf and more. Six colors are offered: dark orange, gray, soft aqua, royal blue, sky blue and turquoise. Made in Turkey, it measures 70 by 38 inches. Linum Home Textiles, 855-933-0300, linumhometextiles.com
Feminine & Fashionable The Cruise robe is from a Special Collection created by European designer Lena Hoschek for Vossen. The luxury robe pairs classic design with high-fashion details in a feminine silhouette. Made with 100 percent cotton, the robe is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified. Vossen through Stellar Alliance, 212-563-6305
“Green” Towels Soft and absorbent, the ECO Collection is made with 100 percent recycled fibers and manufactured in the most sustainable way using renewable energy and pre-consumer waste consisting of fiber and yarn waste from product trials at the textile mill. The ECO towel collection also consists of recycled PET-bottles converted into high quality fibers for terry towel manufacturing. The ECO Collection enjoys RCS and Oeko-Tex 100 certification. Colorways offered include: black bean, heather, almond oil, blue stone, soft sage and white (shown). Micro Cotton, +91 (4254) 223450, microcotton.com
Patriotic Pairing Patriots can enjoy the beach or poolside with beach/pool towels and blankets bearing red, white and blue nautical motifs. The towels and blankets (shown) are made in Brazil with 100 percent cotton and are offered in 40- by 70- and 58- by 74-inch sizes. Completing the patriotic pairing is a USA Flag robe, also made in Brazil with 100 percent cotton, which bears a stars-and-stripes design. Dohler USA, 914-629-3421, Eric Vergucht, U.S. sales representative, verguchte@aol.com
Wrapped In Comfort The shawl collared, 540-gram pique/terry Spa/Pique robe offers spa-like comfort and absorbency at poolside or in the bath. Daisy House, 303-665-9292, daisyhousetowels.com

Leading The Way:
John Rachid President Protect-A-Bed

What areas of home textiles will face the most change in the next five years?

“In the bedding area, it is clear that it is becoming increasingly difficult to drive growth through increased bed sales alone. Top of bed will become even more critical, as it will be the biggest opportunity to grow sales and profitability for retailers in the future. This is why Protect-A-Bed has expanded into a full top-of-bed accessory company, with everything from protectors to a full pillow program, to sheets and are even pioneers in sleep technology. We know we can ‘grow the retail basket’ for our customers and help them achieve their sales and profitability goals.”

What are the secrets to your company's success?

“As the inventors of mattress protection, operating globally in more than 45 countries, we have driven our success through continuous innovation and putting the customer at the center of everything that we do. We know we have to deliver great marketing campaigns to drive traffic and high-quality relevant products displayed effectively. But what really sets us apart is our investment in the largest top-of-bed training operation in the U.S. and our commitment to service.

“There is no substitute for fast, reliable service levels, supported by a consumer service department ready to answer all consumer queries. We have been building trust with our customers and consumers for more than 16 years in the U.S. and that only comes through delivering on all of our strengths – industry heritage, marketing, product, display, training, service and building trust.”

 
Deftly Designed Mats Regence Home expands its bath offerings with color-and-white bath rug styles enhanced with surface texture in both micro-polyester and cotton constructions. Shown in a variety of colors are triple border and elongated geo designs made with micro-polyester. Regence Home, division of Riviera Home, 10 West 33rd Street, Space 1200, 212-967-201
Ombre Effect The Odessa Gray Collection blends charcoal and soft gray shades in a hand-painted ombre effect. The countertop accessories (shown) are made with 100 percent ceramic. Also available are the 100 percent polyester shower curtain, the 100 percent cotton bath mat and 100 percent cotton towels that include a shiny yarn jacquard border. Famous Home, 800-465-4566, famoushomefashions.com
Turkish Terry Elegance The Denzi terry towel set is made with 100 percent fine Turkish cotton for absorbency and superior durability. The set includes two 27- by 54-inch bath towels, two 16- by 30-inch hand towels and two 13- by 13-inch washcloths. A variety of colors are available. Linum Home Textiles, 855-933-0300, linumhometextiles.com
Cuban Inspired The 72- by 72-inch Vintage Tile fabric shower curtain features a design that draws from the luxurious Cuban lifestyle of yesteryear. The modernistic pattern incorporates a palette of intertwining blue and taupe. Made with 100 percent polyester, the quick-day curtain is mold/mildew resistant and machine washable. The 12 reinforced buttonholes enable easy hanging (a liner is recommended). Interdesign, 800-777-4995, interdesignusa.com
Absorbent & Lofty Haliotis towels are made with 80 percent long-staple Turkish cotton and 20 percent rayon from bamboo, a blend that offers a shiny look and higher absorbency. Sizes available include 13 by 13, 20 by 30 and 30 by 56 inches. Colors include white, ivory, vapor, dark gray and denim. Veritas Tekstil, 646-490-3894, theveritas.com
Black Beauty Raven is a resin collection that combines matte and lacquer finishes. Accessories offered include a tumbler, lotion dispenser, soap dish, wastebasket, toothbrush holder, boutique tissue cover, covered jar, towel tray and an amenity tray. A coordinating shower curtain is also available. Sparrowhawk International, 230 Fifth Ave., Suite 917, 818-203-9125
Jacquard Lattice The soft Chester jacquard bath mat is offered in a broad palette of colors, from coral, teal and aqua (shown) to taupe, chocolate and gold. Each hue is contrasted with a white lattice pattern. Ramallah Trading Company, Inc., 718-439-5555, ramallahtrading.com
Colors By The Dozen Made in Brazil with 100 percent cotton, the Casablanca 40- by 70-inch bath sheet is a unique blend of 12 different colored yarns. The company also is launching more than 13 new wash pack sets in a variety of colors and will focus on Fall with products in gray tones for Winter 2017. Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046, espalma.com
Brushstroke Effects The Sedona design is part of the Urban Getaway Collection. The accessories are carved stoneware adorned with soft brushstrokes of color. The shower curtain is a heat transfer print on textured polyester that features a diamond motif on soft watercolor stripes. Bacova Guild Ltd., 540-863-2600, bacova.com
Symphony Of Neutrals The Sklyar Collection presents a contemporary floral design in a neutral colorway with gold accents. Avanti Linens, 800-360-0836, avantilinens.com


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