Show Review - March 2017

Fashion Foray: For Living and Dining Rooms
By Wanda Jankowski

Texture and softness reign supreme in cuddly shag and faux fur looks

Faux Fun The 50- by 60-inch Serta Reversible Faux Fur throws are made with 100 percent polyester. Designs include pleated rabbit (shown), striped mink, lynx brick and cow. Perfect Fit Industries (PFI), 704-815-2200, pfisleep.com
Soft & Furry From the Mina Victory Collection, the 20- by 20-inch Ombre pillows (shown in beige/ivory) offer a quick way to add touches of texture and color to any room. Nourison, 800-223-1110, nourison.com
New Palette New colors debut for the English Rose Heirloom Furniture Cover. The pastels blend patchwork style with the puckered texture of a handmade quilt. Swirling vermicelli stitching secures cotton batting between layers. Classic quilt details also include scalloped edges and tonal binding. The woven fabric is pre-washed for softness. With storage pockets on one arm, the 100 percent cotton cover is machine washable. Chair, loveseat, sofa and recliner/wing chair options are offered. Sure Fit, Inc., 800-470-7419, surefit.com
Happy 10th Anniversary! This year marks Caldeira USA’s 10th anniversary trading in the U.S. One of its newest collections focuses on Belgian cut velvet—the company’s best-selling fabric quality. Named the Shades of Gray Collection, the geometric designs in cut velvets on silver metallic grounds are inspired by Scandinavian patterns. The textures draw the eye with variations in shades from warm mushroom to cool gray. The addition of ombred Mongolian fur pulls the collection together. Caldeira USA, 212-532-2669, caldeira.com
Textural Mix The Life Aquatic Collection groups pillows in pale metallics and suedes that complement the focal point pillow adorned with an embroidered ocean scene. Edie@Home, 212-366-6414, edieroberts@hotmail.com
Entertaining Ease Island Breeze is a new collection of entertaining-ware under the CreativeWare brand. It includes an Oblong Double Chip and Dip Server; Single Chip and Dip Server; Six Compartment Server for crudité, fruit and snacks; an All-in-One Hostess Server for cheese, crackers and snacks; a Flatware/Napkin Caddy, and a Three-Tier Buffet Server with a bread/ pastry basket at the bottom. Shown is the Six Compartment Server. The white stoneware rests in a Water Hyacinth natural fiber basket with a hand-rubbed silver patina finish and black metal handles. Creative Bath Products, Inc., 631-582-8000, creativebath.com
Star Power The 18-inch square Aqua Starfish pillow is made with100 percent cotton and embellished with beading and embroidery on the front. The back is solid ivory, the edges are piped and there is a hidden zipper closure. Kas Rugs, Inc., 800-967-4254, kasrugs.com
Holiday Garlands The Holly Traditions Double Border Collection presents a traditional look for the holidays with a holly and ribbon double border design against a background of scattered shadowed leaves. Made with 100 percent polyester, sizes available include: 60 by 84, 60 by 102 and 60 by 120 inches, along with a 70-inch round. Elrene Home Fashions, 212-889-6376, elrene.com
Iconic Motifs, Updated Colors Bright Mesa table linens combine iconic Pendleton motifs in a bold mash-up. The 19- by 14-inch placemats and 18- by 108-inch runner, made with 100 percent cotton and 100 percent cotton canvas backing for durability, can be spot cleaned. The 20- by 20-inch napkins and 28- by 20-inch dish towels are also 100 percent cotton and machine washable. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801, pendleton-usa.com
 
Leading the Way
Shanthi Srinivasan Managing Director Premier Fine Linens Private Limited

What are the greatest challenges facing the industry?

“One of our greatest challenges is the fluctuation in raw material prices. Another is the scarcity of extra-long staple cotton especially from Egypt.

“The increasing cost of labor has led to automation in many of our operations. With requests for shorter lead times, one has to be able to react faster and meet the customers’ requirements.

“Currency fluctuation is another challenge. Compliance audits vary from customer to customer. Having a uniform buyers compliance audit would be a great help to the manufacturers.”

What are the secrets to your company's success?

“Established in 1946, Premier Group is a family owned company now run by the third generation. The family members are technically qualified and oversee all areas of operation.

“Premier Fine Linens is vertically integrated from spinning to making-up, giving us control and flexibility over the entire manufacturing process. We source cottons from established long-term suppliers and maintain the same blend of raw cotton for a year, which helps in the consistency of product quality.

“We source responsibly grown cotton and are GOTS, BCI, SUPIMA and Egyptian certified. We have a state-of-the-art processing facility capable of finishing 100,000 meters per day in which 95 percent of the water used is recycled. Our making-up plant is equipped with automated machines, giving us an edge in quality and on-time delivery. Our R&D and design departments create innovative products using a variety of fibers, weaves and
finishes.

“We are a 100 percent green energy company, as it is supplied from in-house wind energy plants. We are certified for SA 8000, OEKO- TEX, C-TPAT approved and are in the implementation process for Integrated Management System certification.”


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