Industry Views April 2018

Seen & Heard At N.Y. Market


A sampling of ideas and trends found at N.Y. Market, which took place in showrooms from March 19 to 22, 2018.

Animals adorned a number of bedding opions and decorative pillows. Joining ubiquitious cats and dogs (shown above: Greenland Home Fashion’s dog-rich Baxter quilt set with plaid reverse) were an owl, goat and rabbit on pillows in Revman International’s ED Collection by Ellen DeGeneres. Long-necked llamas also graced pillows in more than one showroom.

Anoosha Rouhanian, Dynamic Rugs, notes that in area rugs casual chic looks and modern designs in multi-shaded or textured solids are selling well. Lessening in popularity are geometric designs and distressing techniques.

All over N.Y. showrooms were products that incorporated plush stuffed animal softness—in fact, even softer than that. Every bedding and home accent showroom had one or more throws, blankets, comforters or decorative pillows with fuzzy, furry texture—from the cotton velvet quilts and extra-soft fleece throws at J. Queen New York, to the full-on shaggy soft comforter set (shown above) and Minka shaggy blankets at S.L. Home Fashions.

Molly Shaw, Chesapeake Merchandising, states flatweave accent rugs are “out” and shags are “in.” The company featured many shag styles in jewel tones for the Fall and also debuted decorative pillows with many of the designs mimicking the shag rug look.

Chana’a Smith, S.L. Home Fashions, says metallic accents are still in demand as well as a range of neutrals, including the still-popular gray. All-white bedding ensembles appeared in a few showrooms, including Hadley (shown above) at J. Queen New York.

New kits that group products for a specific purpose include Welspun’s Guest Room in a Box—sheet set and towels for an in-home guest at an air b&b. New Sega Home Textiles offers Guest Room, Dorm Room and Campground Survival Kits combining an air mattress and sheet set.

Soft-Tex International is capitalizing on the foam mattress trend, offering foam and foam-based versions for private label and licensed brands. Even Martha Stewart has gotten into the act!