Show Review - March 2017

Fashion Foray: For the Bedroom
By Wanda Jankowski

On-trend discoveries awaiting attendees of N.Y. Home Fashions Market from March 27 to 30, 2017 & “Leading The Way” insights from top industry executives

Color Rich From the J brand, Panama Caribbean features vibrant multi-colored medallions. The duvet is made with 100 percent cotton on the face and a blend of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester on the reverse. The ensemble is also available in a citrus colorway with emphasis on shades of orange and green. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555,
Bohemian Rhapsody From the colorfly brand, the Nico Duvet set in slate features a classic damask pattern with a lively bohemian twist. The printed fabric is 100 percent cotton sateen and the reverse is 100 percent cotton. The sets are offered in full/queen and king sizes, and include two matching shams. Made in Spain with eco-friendly manufacturing processes and designed in New York City, the duvets include button closures. Belle Maison, 718-805-0200,
Black & White Beauty Designer Robin Zingone showcases the Lugano Collection (shown) at 230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1100, under the robinzingone® brand. Other products on view include comforters and duvet sets, sheet sets, quilts, bedskirts, decorative pillows, blankets and throws. Robin Zingone continues with Joy Tashjian Marketing Group, LLC to license designs in home decor, fashion and accessories, along with offering exclusive products online at Robin Zingone, 860-526-1755,
White Wonder From the Piper & Wright brand, the 100 percent cotton Lucy ensemble features white-on-white embroidered eyelet detailing for a fresh and luxurious take on intricate classic styling. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555,
Graceful Gauze From the Feather Gauze Collection, the Sea Glass Feather Gauze throw features a delicately frayed hem that adds a soft edge to the graceful cotton/linen blend. It is available in five colors: sea glass (shown), rosewood, dove, pearl gray and ink. ELISABETH YORK, 888-889-9886,
Luxury Lacework Lovely laces in cotton and silk made in Italy, some by hand, adorn pillows in a range of designs. Most are offered in white and cream, with a few available in four or five other colors. Dea, 561-640-3554,
Rizzy’s New Showroom Rizzy Home has opened a new permanent showroom in 295 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1504. Rizzy Home’s line-up on display during N.Y. Market includes top-of-bed and decorative pillows from the Donny Osmond Home Collection, and a coordinated collection of Boho rugs and pillows that will be in stock for Back-to-College. Shown is item T12845, a 14- by 26-inch cotton decorative filled pillow with an embroidered geometric design from the Donny Osmond Home Collection. Rizzy Home, 706-602-8857,
Bed Linens & Curtains Premier is showcasing bed linens and curtains. In bed linens, brands include: Ultra-Fine cotton, a blend of exceptionally long-staple cotton that has natural fineness and softness; Pearl Finish, a finish engineered to create a smooth, gloss fabric; Ecora, an organic and luxurious bed linen line certified under the Global Organic Textiles Standards of Control Union Certifications; Linacel, a resilient blend of linen and cellulosic fibers, such as lyocell, available in a range of weaves and designs, and manufactured in compliance with Oeko Tex 100 certification; Beyond Organic products manufactured with no added sizing, dyes or chemicals in processes that consume only 12 percent of water and 17 percent of steam and energy that go into conventional processing and that produce 80 percent less waste; and Flexoloft, an exclusive, Oeko-Tex certified finish that creates a bouncy and brushed feel for sheets that also adds stretch and better moisture management. For the first time during a N.Y. Market, the company also showcases its range of dobby and jacquard curtains. Premier Fine Linens, +91-422-2221223,
Gorgeous In Gray From the Laura Ashley line, Annalise presents an elegant floral spray design in shades of gray on a soft white ground. Revman International, Inc., 212-894-3100,

Leading The Way

How did you get started in home fashions—choice or chance—and why have you stayed?

“A little bit of both. Even though I owned and ran a very successful medical device business on the West Coast, I was eager to return to NYC. I guess home fashions runs in the blood!

“This industry is built on a legacy of experts who have made home textiles their lifelong journey. I have a long way to go to earn my stripes! The changing landscape offers opportunity, so always looking forward to what’s next!”

Is there a trend, technology or social circumstance today that will impact the future of retail tomorrow for better or worse?

“Where to begin. Consumer behavior is changing. Instant access and purchasing intent challenge our retail climate that currently dedicates more than 25 square feet of retail space per inhabitant. It’s obviously unsustainable and, as footage comes down, it needs to be more productive—so the interaction between brands and retailers will grow even further from buyer and seller into a collaborative relationship focused on the consumer experience. Competition for the consumer must shift away from primarily price.”

Intricate & Elegant From the Austin Horn Classics line, the Abigail Collection presents intricate patterns in a subtle blend of soft neutrals for a timeless and elegant look. Pacific Coast Home Furnishings, 323-838-7808,
Delicate Balance The Sanya duvet set is new to the company’s 100 Percent Cotton Embroidered Duvet Collection. Delicate and intricate embroidery pops against the crisp white ground. Coordinating Euro shams and pillow pairs are also available. Melange Home, 212-689-2002,
Fabulous Flannel Dormisette Slubyarn flannel by Wulfing results in luxury flannel bedding made in Germany. The 100 percent cotton flannel is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Stellar Alliance, 212-563-6305
Tailored Classic This elegant ensemble is created in the U.S. using Italian fabric in a 300-thread-count cotton sateen. The duvet cover and pillows are white with oyster banding. The coverlet and shams in charcoal feature a quilted squares design. Printed decorative pillows complete the ensemble. Satori Linens, 954-604-6012,

Dena Home: An Artist’s View

Award-winning artist, illustrator, TV host, author, syndicated newspaper columnist and product designer, Dena Fishbein, creates her painterly graphics in the studio at her San Francisco home. It overlooks her garden—inspiration for the vibrant colors that form part of her signature style, along with the sense of movement and touch of whimsy that can only come from the artist’s touch.

Dena’s licensing partnerships in home textiles include collaborations with WestPoint Home for bedding and bath, Bardwil Home for bath and dining, and P/K Lifestyles for fabrics.

Because of her unique style and brand strength, Dena has been selected to be the Guest of Honor at the V.I.P. N.Y. Market party sponsored by LDB Interior Textiles and 295 Fifth Avenue on March 27, 2017. During the cocktail reception at the Buyers Lounge in 295 Fifth Avenue, Dena will create an original watercolor painting to be awarded to a lucky attendee.

Here are insights from Dena into her style and licensing collaborations.

What style elements unite offerings from your licensing partners?

“The concept of mixing patterns together to create a harmonious collection has always been the central focus. I love mixing colors and combining patterns so each collection is unique and special.”

Do you have a target market?

“We have five different brands and each brand targets a different market. We have happi by dena that is targeted for babies and children, Haute Girls for girls of all ages, Dena Designs, Dena Home and Dena Atelier.”

What qualities do you look for in a licensing partner?

“The most important thing is that the partner shares the same vision that I do. That we create something that is out of the box and makes a beautiful design statement. Every detail is important to me and when the manufacturer feels the same way, then we can create collections that we are all proud of and would love to have in our own homes.”

In what home textile categories are you still looking to establish lines?

“Rugs, furniture, throws and pillows, more kitchen product, window coverings and fabric lampshades.”

Brand building can’t succeed without the cooperation of stable, committed partners. Following are insights from a few of Dena Home’s collaborators.

Normand Savaria, president and ceo, WestPoint Home

Why did WestPoint Home choose to work with Dena?

“WestPoint Home works with Dena because of her specific point of view centered around her original artwork. It is a rarity to have a collaborator like Dena, who brings so much artistic credibility to the table and the success of the product line is a testament to her authenticity and relatability.”

What distinguishes her line from others you carry?

“Dena’s line stands out as it is instantly recognizable. Her style is both traditional and freshly modern, so it appeals to a broad range of customers. And because of Dena’s imaginative and artisanal approach, her products feel personal, meaningful and unique.”

Alan Kennedy, president, Bardwil Home

Why did you opt to partner with Dena?

“We took on the brand because it had a colorful, young, refreshing design point of view that does not cannibalize our current Lenox and Tommy Bahama brands. It complements them. In addition, Dena had been well accepted and placed at two of our largest customers.”

What Dena products are you introducing this year?

“In table linens, we have a full range of Fall introductions that include: Myriam Floral and Bahia Paisley, which incorporate the fall colors of rust, teals and neutrals. In table linens for Christmas, we have introduced Snowberry.

“Also for Christmas, we have introduced a foil print tree design in bath and table categories called Majestic Winter, which is getting a tremendous reaction. In bath, Noelle is a full coordinated ensemble with shower curtain, towels and rug.”

Dan Bonini, president, P/K Lifestyles

Why did you opt to partner with Dena Designs?

“The Dena Designs brand first caught our eye from a design standpoint. We felt it is very fresh and universally appealing from both design and color points of view. Also, Dena is full of design energy and is always creating highly marketable looks for all consumer segments. When we evaluate potential brands, we look at design excellence, salability, longevity and synergy between the licensor and licensee. Dena Designs exceeds all of these criteria points.”

What distinguishes her line from others you carry?

“All of the Dena Design collections have always sold very well for us. Her artisan hand has a strong point of view, which distinguishes itself not just from P/K Lifestyles brands from any other brand in the industry.”

Green ferns on a crisp white ground reverse to a pink-and-white lattice print in the Palm Court 100 percent cotton duvet cover from Dena Home by WestPoint Home. The ensemble also includes bedskirt, shams and decorative pillows.
From the Dena Atelier line by WestPoint Home, the Somerset Collection of embroidered bed linens includes a duvet cover, shams and decorative pillows.
From Dena Home by Bardwil Home, the Mural Floral Blossom indoor/outdoor, 70-inch round tablecloth is made with 100 percent polyester.
The Palm Beach Parade line of Dena Home fabrics by P/K Lifestyles includes: Flamingo Frolic (above) screen printed on a linen/rayon blend in medium/heavyweight fabric and offered in varied colors, and WOW Factor (right) screen printed on medium/heavyweight cotton slubbed duck cloth and offered in gold and cream.
From Dena Home by Bardwil Home, the Lily Stripe bath grouping includes shower curtain, towels and bath mat rendered in soft, candy colored pastels.
Tone-On-Tone From the J. Queen New York brand, the Wilmington 100 percent polyestr ensemble is shown in alabaster. It combines intricate detailing with affordable luxe-look materials. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555,
Distressed By Design From the Barefoot Bungalow Collection, Hillsborough bedding and accessories in coral feature bands of medallions and paisleys with distressed fabric effects and a coordinating geometric pattern on the reverse. The ensemble is made with pure moisture-wicking cotton. Greenland Home Fashions, 80-677-8140,
Innovative Technology NectarSoft sheets are perfected with a unique yarn and fabric treatment that removes the weak cotton tendrils. The product emerges as a lustrous, internally smooth and soft sheet with a graceful drape. Trident Limited, 212-684-6342 (N.Y. showroom); Trident Group, +91 161-5039999 (corporate office in India),
Check Mates From the Original Penguin line comes a tailored look in a gray, checkered design with accents of red that reverses to a gingham check. Revman International, Inc., 212-894-3100,
Block Print Inspired The Margot Bedding Collection from the carol & frank brand is made with hand-stitched cotton voile. The damask bedding is inspired by the traditional Indian block printing technique. carol & frank, 888-889-9868,

Bari Textile Mills Expands Sheet Business

Ather Bari, ceo of Bari Textile Mills, announces a large expansion of the business. A long-time major manufacturer in the knit sheet industry, Bari Textile Mills has now taken its expertise in the better garment fabric division into the sheet and bedding category.
Bari Textile Mills has the ability to make the wide widths necessary for the business and will be showing new fabrics in cotton, poly/cotton, cotton/Modal and viscose that will open up a new avenue for the company in better sheets and bedding. Bari Textile Mills shows by appointment at 295 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1616.
Bari Textile Mills, +92 21 3454 5095,


Cooling Technology Plus Designed for mattress protectors, pillows and pillow protectors, SNOW (shown above) is backed by protective Miracle Membrane and features the unique NORDIC CHILL. This cool-to-the-touch fiber uses capillary action to wick away moisture, while molecular alignment disperses heat, up to 10 times more efficiently than cotton. Ideal for hot sleepers, SNOW also is available in pillows specially designed for back, stomach, side and multi-position sleepers. Also on display at the Protect-A-Bed showroom are: the ZEEQ smart pillow (shown right) that connects with Amazon’s Alexa and responds to voice commands, adjusts alarm times, provides sleep data, engages SnoreAlarm and plays audio through integrated speakers; the Originals Collection of core mattress and pillow protectors; the Naturals Collection that features Tencel® fibers to help wick moisture away and prohibit bacteria growth; and the Therm-A-Sleep Collection offering thermo-regulating technologies in protectors, pillows and sheets. Protect-A-Bed, 866-297-8836,

Leading The Way:
Nina Nadash Senior Home & Interiors Market Manager, North America Lenzing Fibers

How did you get started in the industry and why have you stayed?

“I have been fortunate to work in a variety of roles for distinguished companies in the home and interiors business: Springs Industries, Guilford Mills and currently Lenzing AG. All were enriching environments of highly skilled, supportive, colleagues with outstanding manufacturing resources. It’s been an incredible, uniquely diverse professional experience. The challenge of changing markets, manufacturing, sourcing and retail has satisfied my need for growth. In my role at Lenzing, I continue to enjoy the unique perspective of working with all levels of the supply chain, while providing creative solutions.”

What has been the secret to your company's success?

“Being adaptable to market needs and, hopefully, anticipating the challenges. Lenzing remains globally market-strong by continuously investing in its people, products and facilities. In 2017, vendors and retail will be positively impacted by a refocus on our branding, and with new capital and personnel investments. Last month it was announced that the Supervisory Board approved a $293 million expansion of the Axis, AL, production facility, increasing TENCEL® fiber output there by 90,000 tons and adding 163 new jobs.

Lenzing’s manufacturing process is increasingly improved to be cleaner and more efficient, while decreasing the environmental impact. Innovations such Refibra™ the TENCEL® fiber from recycled cotton will continue to set Lenzing apart in the market.”

Embossed Sheets Charleston sheets are made with 100 percent polyester. The four-piece sheet set is embossed with a subtle geometric pattern. S.L. Home Fashions, 323-587-0800,
Modal & Cotton Arbor linens feature a unique blend of long staple cotton and Lenzing Modal® fibers for a smooth supple touch. Twice as soft as cotton, Modal fibers are crafted from the pulp of European beechwood trees, utilizing natural elements to provide a light, silky hand. The sheets are shown in dove gray. Pure Care, 800-758-8563,
Heated Mattress Pad The SensorPedic® Warming Mattress Pad includes nine comfort settings and dual temperature controllers on queen and king sizes for customized warmth. The channel quilted cover is water and stain repellent and acts as an allergen barrier. The 15-inch stretch-to-fit bedskirt incorporates Gripwise™ technology that keeps the pad in place and fits mattresses up to 18 inches deep. Soft-Tex Manufacturing Co., 800-366-2324,
Cooling Pillow The CarbonCool™ + OmniPhase® Pillow offers cool sleep. The pillow’s carbon-infused memory foam is made with super-conductive graphite particles that create a pathway to quickly move heat away from the head through the open cell foam structure. Omniphase phase-change material is also infused into the foam and coats the surface to provide first-of-its-kind temperature regulation. These molecules continually absorb and transfer heat to maintain the optimum temperature. An ecofriendly Tencel mesh cover absorbs and releases moisture to manage humidity. Malouf, 800-517-7179,

Lenzing Granted Biobased Product Label

In February 2017, Lenzing announced that its Lenzing Viscose® and Lenzing Modal® fibers, including all their product families, were awarded the Biobased Product Label granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The certification is further proof that all standard types of fibers produced by Lenzing are fully derived from the natural and renewable raw material, wood.

The company’s Lyocell fiber TENCEL® had already been certified as 100 percent biobased content since 2011. Lenzing FR® has now also been certified as 99 percent biobased. The residual amount is for material used to make the fiber fire-resistant.

“Eco-responsibility represents a key component of our group strategy and we put a major emphasis on it,” explains Lenzing ceo, Stefan Doboczky.

Lenzing fibers are not only derived 100 percent from nature, but are also returned to nature at the end of their life cycle. Standard Lenzing fibers are demonstrably 100 percent biodegradable and even compostable.

Lenzing Inc., 212-944-7898,

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