Fresh resources worth celebrating awaiting attendees of the N.Y. Home Fashions Market, Sept. 11 to 14, 2017, across major product categories
Fashion bedding designs that continue on as welcomed perennial classics include floral and toile motifs
From the Austin Horn Classics line, Cosmopolitan Toile in blue is made in the U.S. with 45 percent polyester, 30 percent cotton and 25 percent acrylic. The design presents detailed bucolic scenes counterpointed by a striped pattern incorporating lines in varied widths. Sizes offered are queen, king and California king.
Pacific Coast Home Furnishings, 323-838-7808, pacificcoasthomefurnishings.com
Classic Floral Updated
Made with 100 percent cotton, the Sabrina ensemble from the Piper & Wright brand renders classic floral bouquets in a soothing gray—the on-trend neutral of the day—on a crisp white background. The comforter set includes the comforter, two shams (one for twin) and a bedskirt. Sizes offered are twin, full, queen, king and California king. Matching drapery panels are 84 inches long. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555, jqueen-ny.com
Blue & Blue
From the carol & frank brand, the Cece Bedding Collection includes the Cece two-sided, luxury oversized cotton quilt that presents an all-over floral print in indigo on dune. It is styled with solid blue Finn elements for a combination of casual and classy. carol & frank,888-889-9868, carolandfrankstyle.com
The five-piece Hamilton quilt set features cool tones of coral, aqua and cerulean in an Aztec/geo-inspired print. Embroidered and pleated pillows add a sweet touch. Available in queen and king sizes, the quilt set is made with 100 percent polyester with fill of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester. Ramallah Trading Company, Inc., 718-439-5555, ramallahtrading.com
Blanketed In Luxury
The Locanda blanket is made in Portugal with garment-dyed, 100 percent cotton. Colors offered include (top to bottom): white, dusty rose, dolphin gray, dark gray, cedar and washed indigo. Kassatex, 646-367-8637, kassatex.com
Made with 100 percent polyester, the Ellington Collection comforter set includes a comforter, two pillow shams and a bedskirt in full, queen, king and California king sizes. Coordinating draperies measure 84 inches in length. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555, jqueen-ny.com
The Azzure cotton duvet cover set has a classic linear design featuring tan and blue tones. The pattern is finely detailed with monogram embroidery and trend-right fringe. Made with 100 percent cotton, the machine washable set includes one duvet cover, two pillowcases and two flanged pillow shams. Queen and king sizes are available. Versailles Home Fashions, Inc., 514-351-8402, versailles-inc.com
The machine washable Linna three-piece duvet cover set offers the pureness of gray for a fresh, simple, yet elegant look. Made with 100 percent cotton in a 300-thread-count construction, the contemporary design features diagonal pintuck detailing. The set includes one duvet cover and two pillow shams, available in queen and king sizes. Famous Home Fashions Inc., 800-465-4566, famoushomefashions.com
Dots & Stripes
The Emma Collection is a five-piece reversible printed comforter set with quilted throw. The Glam Golden Polka Dots bring a fun look to the bedroom. The pattern reverses to a black-and-white printed stripe design for a contemporary look. A pillow adorned with printed roses, in pink to match the quilt, brings a final finishing touch of femininity. S.L. Home Fashions, 323-587-0800, slhf.com
Bed linens from Wulfing are made with 100 percent cotton flannel crafted in Germany. Soft and comfortable, designs are available in yarn-dyed jacquards and solid colors (as shown), yarn-dyed stripes or prints. All are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified and meet the STeP and Made in Green environmental standards. Wulfing through Stellar Alliance, 236 West 26th Street, suite 801, 212-563-6305
The Silver Bark Collection includes complete top of bed elements. Made in the U.S. with 82 percent wool and 18 percent cotton, the blanket is offered in queen and king sizes, along with standard shams. The 100 percent wool, 20- by 20-inch knit pillow is feather filled and has a zipper closure. Also available are a 68- by 68-inch fringed shawl and a robe. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801, pendleton-usa.com
Organic Duvet Cover
Portico’s Flaneur Collection 100 percent certified organic cotton duvet cover has a silky texture and softness. The sophisticated shade of fog gray provides an understated backdrop for the distressed-jacquard finish. The duvet slips easily over a comforter insert (sold separately) and is secured with a hidden bottom envelope closure. WestPoint Home, Inc., 800-533-8229, westpointhome.com
The Spring palette for the company’s new collections incorporates shades of green, pink, black, white and blue. Inspiration for the designs is from nature, with in-house fine artists hand-painting floral and foliage motifs that are paired with metallic accents, beading and raised foils to add texture to the decorative pillow assortment. New velvets, cutouts and layered items create a dimensional, tactile experience. The new collections span throw, tabletop, bed, bedding and scatter rug categories. Thro By Marlo Lorenz, 212-213-8915, thro.com
Eco-Wise Wool® washable blankets are made in the U.S. with pure virgin wool and natural dyes. The blankets are offered in 66- by 96-inch twin, 90- by 96-inch queen and 108- by 96-inch king sizes. New colors include caper, slate and dusk. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801, pendleton-usa.com
The Gianna Collection is made with 100 percent polyester. The comforter set includes a comforter, two pillow shams and a bedskirt in full, queen, king and California king sizes. Coordinating draperies measure 84 inches in length. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555, jqueen-ny.com
Supima® cotton bed linens are made with 100 percent American-grown cotton. Superior to most fibers because of its extra-long staple, Supima cotton is finely woven to create softer, more vibrantly colored, breathable and pill-resistant fabric. Featuring a sateen weave, these new 600-thread-count sheets include extra-deep pockets with Universal Fit™ technology that guarantees well-fitted corners. Color options include: charcoal, flax, smoke and white. Sizes range from twin through California king. Malouf, 800-517-7179, maloufsleep.com
Now available in queen size, the Snow Pillow features the advanced Nordic Chill that transmits heat up to ten times faster than cotton, and actively pulls higher temperatures away from the sleeper to increase comfort. Soft and supple, this shredded memory foam pillow is available in multiple densities to insure ideal support and cooling throughout the night. Protect-A-Bed, 866-297-8836, protectabed.com
Reversible Gel Panels
The SensorPedic® GelMAX™ bed topper features new GelMAX™ gel overlays incorporating patented time-release technology that continues to cool longer than other gel products. The gel overlay panels are removable and reversible—cooling gel on one side and pressure-relieving memory foam on the other—so that the topper can be tailored for desired comfort. Soft-Tex Manufacturing Co., 800-366-2324, soft-tex.com
Liquid & Stain Repeller
NeverWet® technology creates a super-hydrophobic (super-water repellent) surface forcing liquids to form round spheres, so instead of pooling, they roll off treated surfaces which remain dry. The treated fabric also remains soft-to-the-touch with breathable performance. The superior stain release technology of this invisible liquid and stain repel treatment causes ground-in stains to release effortlessly from fabric in the wash. The NeverWet® technology is now offered under the Wellrest® brand separately as a pinstripe pillow and mattress pad with hypoallergenic, 100 percent polyester face fabric and Perfect Fit’s Magic Loft® fiber fill. Perfect Fit Industries (PFI), 704-815-2200, pfisleep.com
Welspun Appoints McKenzie CEO, Announces Tracking Process & Earns
• Julie McKenzie is the new ceo of Welspun USA.
On Aug. 14, 2017, Welspun USA Inc. a subsidiary of Welspun Global Brands Ltd., announced the appointment of Julie McKenzie as the new chief executive officer (ceo).
McKenzie’s experience spans more than 35 years in sales, merchandising, sourcing and licensing. She has held positions with Dillard Department Stores, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Accessory Exchange LLC, Richard Leeds International and Nickelodeon.
Dipali Goenka, ceo and joint managing director, Welspun India Limited says, “Welspun USA is on an accelerated growth path and Julie’s coming on board as ceo will consolidate Welspun’s leadership position in the U.S., while further deepening relationships with our partners.”
Barry Leonard, formerly the ceo of Welspun USA, assumes the new role as acting board member and advisor to the company.
• Wel-Trak™ is the Complete Patented Fiber Tracking Solution by Welspun.
This month, Welspun Global Brands Ltd. announced that the new tracking process, Wel-Trak™, has been patented. Wel-Trak™ provides transparency, authenticity and information captured in real-time about the source of textile products.
Wel-Trak™ tags the fiber at the source and stores the information on each tag on a unique, proprietary database. The fiber is tracked through every textile production stage. This process allows the customer or consumer to track the fiber used in the product back to the fiber source by scanning the QR code on the product.
• Welspun earns Made In Green by OEKO-TEX® label for bed and bath textiles.
Welspun has been awarded Made In Green by OEKO-TEX®, the traceable consumer sustainability label that indicates that textiles have been tested for harmful substances and manufactured in environmentally and socially responsible facilities. Welspun is the first manufacturer in India to earn this label for both bed and bath products.
To qualify for the label, Welspun products underwent independent testing, according to the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®, which verifies that the textiles are free from dangerous levels of chemical substances. In addition, Welspun facilities were evaluated and certified to the STeP by OEKO-TEX® standard that confirms that manufacturing processes comply with multiple guidelines for sustainable textile production.
“Welspun’s leadership will help influence others to join the industry’s efforts to make textiles safer for consumers, workers, and the environment,” says George Dieners, OEKO-TEX® general secretary.
Consumers can enter a product’s unique ID code on the Made In Green website or scan the label’s QR code with smartphones. These links authenticate the Made In Green label and provide visibility into the production stream.
Welspun USA, 212-620-2000, welspun.com
Revman International Adds
Trina Turk Brand
On Aug. 14, 2017, Revman International, Inc. announced a licensing agreement with California-inspired designer Trina Turk. Well known for her bold signature prints and colorful aesthetic, Turk has put her unique stamp on products ranging from apparel and accessories to home fashions.
The initial Trina Turk bedding collection for Revman debuts at the Revman showroom during the Sept. 2017 N.Y. Home Textiles Market and launches at retail in Spring 2018. The collection includes three signature pattern groups offered in comforter, duvet and sheet sets, and embellished decorative pillows. The sheets will be printed on cotton percale and the outer bedding will be lush cotton sateen.
A collection of cotton quilt sets will also be available in both prints and solid colors.
Richard Roman, president and ceo, Revman International, states, “Trina Turk is an extremely talented designer who has developed an outstanding signature brand that resonates with a wide range of consumers who respond to her modern, optimistic style. She brings something very fresh and timely to the market and we are proud to have her join our portfolio of lifestyle brands.”
Revman will expand the offering to include beach and bath towels for Summer 2018.
Revman International Inc., a Kaltex company headquartered in New York, is a leading provider of high quality lifestyle bed and bath products. Revman International, Inc., 212-894-3100, revman.com
Lenzing Releases Sustainability Snapshots, Expands TENCEL® Production
Lenzing has released three Sustainability Snapshots booklets that present the sustainability benefits of Lenzing® fibers at a glance, all available at lenzing.com: “TENCEL® For Textile Products,” “TENCEL® For Nonwoven Products” and “Lenzing Modal® – Softness By Edelweiss® Fiber Technology.”
According to Lenzing, TENCEL® fibers for textiles, TENCEL® fibers for nonwoven products and Lenzing Modal® are “net benefit products,” meaning they offer positive impacts and benefits to environment, society and value chain partners that are substantially better than most competing alternatives.
For example, TENCEL® is the renewable wood-based fiber made with resource-efficient closed-loop technology. Green technology production processes give TENCEL® a low carbon footprint. TENCEL® fibers are fully biodegradable under soil and marine conditions and are compostable.
Fiber benefits include excellent moisture management, enhanced longevity and durability, silky touch and luster, and a smooth fiber surface. As revealed in a chart in the “TENCEL® For Textile Products” booklet, TENCEL® fibers have a more positive environmental impact compared to market alternatives, such as generic lyocell, generic viscose, conventional cotton and polyester.
On a broader scale, the Lenzing Group aims to increase the share of specialty fibers as a percentage of revenue to 50 percent by 2020. Following expansion plans for Lenzing in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, and in Grimsby, U.K., the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG approved in December 2016 the investment for a TENCEL® fiber plant in the U.S. in Mobile, AL. The new U.S. facility will be the largest TENCEL® fiber plant in the world and is scheduled to start operation in the first quarter of 2019.
Most recently in June 2017, plans have been announced to build the next state-of-the-art facility to produce lyocell fibers in Prachinburi near Bangkok in Thailand with completion scheduled for the end of 2020.
“With Asia accounting for 70 percent of total Lenzing Group revenue, it is logical that we will construct the next production plant for TENCEL® fibers in Asia,” says Lenzing ceo, Stefan Doboczky.
Downlite Introduces Fall/Winter 2018 Bedding Collection
Downlite, manufacturer of responsibly-sourced down, feather and synthetic bedding products, debuts its new product offerings during September N.Y. Home Fashions Market in its showroom in 295 Fifth Avenue, suite 912.
Here are highlights of Downlite’s Market introductions:
• Repreve® Certified Recycled Products: Downlite has collaborated with Repreve®, a leading producer of recycled fibers made from recycled plastic bottles, to create a collection of bedding items using Repreve® yarns and Repreve® fill, which are certified recycled and follow the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).
• brrr° Third Party Certified Cooling Technology and Textiles: Recognizing that temperature regulation is a key consumer demand, Downlite debuts sheets, pillowcases and pillow protectors with brrr° cooling textiles that permanently feel cool against one’s skin. The brrr° technology features a chemical-free compound inside the fiber that reflects heat and moves it away from skin, while air flow through fabric restores it to its coolest state.
• Pendleton, Laura Ashley and Eddie Bauer Home: New collections and innovations in all of these licensed lines.
• PrimaLoft®: Downlite launches a new. high-end performance PrimaLoft® fiber boasting high washability, along with the feel, loft and compressibility of down.
Downlite International, 800-543-3696, downlite.com
During N.Y. Market, Premier Fine Linens showcases Linacel, a blend of linen and lyocell in a fabric that projects the appearance of linen, yet embodies the soft hand of lyocell. Linen can absorb a fair amount of moisture without feeling unpleasantly damp to the skin, unlike cotton. Linen is a durable, strong fabric and one of the few that is stronger wet than dry. The fibers do not stretch and are resistant to damage from abrasion. Main characteristics of lyocell fibers are that they are soft, absorbent, strong when wet or dry and resistant to wrinkles. This blend of lyocell and linen includes properties well-suited for bedding in terms of performance and comfort. Linacel is eco-friendly and OEKO-TEX certified. Premier Fine Linens, +91-422-2221223, premierfinelinens.com