A roundup of resources on view during the ITA Showtime Market, held in High Point, NC, from Nov. 17 to 20, 2019
Viva La Velvets
This new velvet tape pattern is the latest in an extensive library of decorative trimmings. Merging a modern elegant look with the robust construction needed for both home and commercial use, the Oslo Collection is available in 17 color combinations. The company also offers an extensive selection of cords, braids, fringes and tassels, as well as tapes and fabrics. Europatex, Inc., 201-418-8588, europatex.com
A longing for the colors, textures and handcraft of far-off places is the inspiration for the new Bazaar Collection of performance upholstery fabrics. Rushdie (shown), a sumptuously textured tweed in peacock, is rendered in a vibrant palette of heightened colors evoking spice and sunshine. Bazaar is one of three debuting themed groupings inspired by Fernweh, a wanderlust longing for distant places. The other two are Oasis and Nordic. Crypton fabrics on are display in the Crypton and Valdese Weavers showrooms. Crypton, 800-CRYPTON, crypton.com
R-Pucker features a lovely lemon motif printed on the bestselling plain, R-Turbo, available in four colors. Pucker is paired with two embroideries—K-Spy and K-Teardrop—as well as a new plain, R-Digit, shown in mineral—one of eight colors available. Regal Fabrics, 978-777-6868, regalfabrics.com
This lifestyle collection is named for the “Emerald Isle of the Indian Ocean”—Ceylon. The island country of Ceylon enjoys a rich history and culture, along with geographic color inspiration from its lush mountains, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and destination beaches. The collection presents signature prints inspired by artisan block prints and batiks, supported with relaxed linen stripes, rustic madras plaids and performance textures. Colors range from coastal corals and tranquil teals to cool grays, natural linens and classic chambrays and indigos. Kravet, 800-645-9068, kravet.com
Sparked by an industry need for more affordable luxury, the company combines its timeless aesthetic with Sutlej’s quality craftsmanship to showcase the first physical expression of their partnership: ASM Loft™. The value brand, much like its living space namesake, is accessible yet sophisticated and chic, and focuses on a luxurious hand and touchable texture for an easy organic feel. Developed around a spectrum of organic hues, textured plains and feature fabrics incorporate novelty yarns, such as twist, slub, space dye, boucle and chenille yarns. American Silk Mills, 570-822-7147, americansilk.com
These new multi-dimensional tapes in poly/viscose are offered in five colors. They are ideal for borders on pillows, window coverings, furniture and other home décor needs. Belagio Enterprises, 323- 731-6934, belagioenterprises.com
The company debuts its first collection created in collaboration with Hilary Farr, the star of HGTV’s “Love It Or List It” show. The new Love It Collection is influenced by Farr’s love of travel and nature. It features an eclectic mix of exotic, abstract skins, animal motifs, lush and inviting textures and eye-catching embroideries. Covington Fabric and Design, LLC, 864-804-5124, covingtonfabric.com
Cotton Based Collection
Milliken Specialty Interiors expands Breathe by Milliken™ to include a new digitally printed all-natural cotton-based collection called Artscape. These unique printed fabrics combine colorful patterns with sustainable performance. The Artscape Collection was developed with Milliken’s proprietary new pre-treatment, an innovation that allows cotton fabric to be digitally printed with pigments directly to the fabric while achieving both wet and dry crocking industry requirements to insure colorfastness. Milliken Specialty Interiors, breathebymilliken.com, millikenspecialtyinteriors.com
Classic Meets Contemporary
The newest addition to the multi-purpose series by Europatex is the Dalliance Collection. This poly/cotton grouping features three patterns that blend the classic with the contemporary in a harmonious color palette. Europatex, Inc., 201-418-8588, europatex.com
This lively grouping celebrates Oriental influences. The R-Kumano pattern is a montage of pagodas and landscape scenes printed in seven fresh colors including this topaz/amber/gold combination. The R-Vivid design is a landscaped chenille stripe in six color combinations. The K-Foo Dog fabric, available in five colors, is a fun embroidery depicting the ancient Imperial Guardian Lions that are a strong feng shui protection symbol. Finally, one of many new plains in this collection is R-Solo, a high pile, worn chenille offered in 12 colors. Regal Fabrics, 978-777-6868, regalfabrics.com
Ziggy is a lively, vibrant print inspired by hand-painted acrylic brushstrokes. Digitally printed in Spain on a 100 percent cotton ground, it is available in three bold colorways. Belle Maison has moved its Showtime showroom to the permanent tower space at MST 630. Belle Maison, 718-805-0200, bellemaisonusa.com
Cornucopia Of Color
Showcased is Fabricut licensee Kendall Wilkinson’s new fabric and trim collections: Kendall Wilkinson Vignettes and Kendall Wilkinson Trimmings. The designs and palettes layer together to create beautiful, elegant and harmonious interiors. Fabricut, 800-945-3838, fabricut.com
The International Textile Alliance (ITA), a non-profit business association that promotes its members and supports industry development, presents the Showtime Market, a biannual trade show dedicated to the growth of the textile industries, from Nov. 17 to 20, 2019 in High Point, NC. ITA member companies host more than 800 buying companies during the event. In addition to product displays, a variety of networking, social and educational events are presented. Here are event highlights:
Sunday, Nov. 17
9 a.m.: Biannual ITS Membership Meeting (ITA Members Only), Presentation Area/SMS T-822
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Official Opening—All Exhibitors Open To Buyers
4 to 6 p.m.: Happy Hour In the Suites
Monday, Nov. 18
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: All Exhibitors Open To Buyers
4 to 6 p.m.: Happy Hour In the Suites
6 to 8 p.m.: Neon Party Showtime Networking Event, Historic Market Square 204. Join in for music, craft beer and delicious food. Open to all attendees.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: All Exhibitors Open To Buyers
10 a.m.: “Textile Waste Recovery,” Susan Inglis, executive director, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Presentation Area/Suites At Market Square T-822. Is your company struggling to manage large quantities of samples: at the end of Showtime, in your showroom, in your design studio? The entire industry must address this problem, as textiles are the fastest growing type of waste in U.S. landfills. The presentation explores what it will take for the residential textiles industry to recover more waste, not only by upcycling scraps for manufacture into smaller articles, but through various systems of recycling, both chemical and mechanical. Learn about the related potential savings for the planet and your own bottom line.
3 to 5 p.m.: Fiber To Fabric For Home Furnishings Awards Ceremony, Presentation Area/Suites At Market Square T-822. Fiber To Fabric For Home Furnishings is a juried exhibit of North Carolina State Wilson College of Textiles student works. Funding for the exhibit was awarded in whole through a competitive grant presented by Cotton Incorporated. The entries will be on display throughout the show at SMS T-402.
5 p.m.: Suites At Market Square Temporary Exhibitors Closed
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Young Textile Professionals (YTP) Networking Event, Let’s Toast To Textiles Wine Tasting, Milliken Showroom, MSTT 4th Floor
Wednesday, Nov. 20
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon): Permanent Exhibitors Open To Buyers (The Temporary Exhibits In Suite At Market Square Will Be Closed)
ITA Announces New Executive Committee
In October 2019, the International Textile Alliance (ITA) announced that Kelly DiFoggio, Yarn & Loom, has been named president of the ten-member Board of Directors of the ITA, producers of the semiannual Showtime Market and governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation. DiFoggio is the first female president of the 29-year-old association. Kathryn Richardson, Libeco, serves as vice-president and Mendy Kearns, Hamilton Fabric Sales, as treasurer to complete the first all-female ITA executive committee for the two-year term.
DiFoggio is currently the director of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom. She has served on the ITA Board of Directors for the past seven years and as a member of the executive committee for the past four years.
Other returning board members include: Nathan Copeland, Highland House; Carmen Herndon Barbee, Ballard Designs; David Lappert, Kravet; Dada Patil, Catania Fabrics; Jana Platina Phipps, Classical Elements; Katherine Shoaf, STI, and David Stunda, Barbarossa Leather.