Textiles

Ellery HomeStyles: Scaling Up

Ellery Showroom

CEO Hugh Rovit’s goal is to make an already big company bigger  By David Gill Space has been much on the mind of Hugh Rovit since he joined Ellery HomeStyles last May. By “space,” Rovit is not contemplating planets and galaxies. Now the company’s CEO, having succeeded Budd Goldman (now co-chairman) in December, he hasMore »

NY Now Online Registration Opens

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Online registration for the summer edition of NY Now has opened at nynow.com/register. Christian Falkenberg, the show’s director and senior vice president of show owner and manager GLM, said, “We’ve opened NY Now attendee registration early to facilitate retailers’ summer market planning.” Falkenberg added that the online registration system allows for round-the-clock accessMore »

Downlite Names Northcutt VP for Quality Assurance

Chuck Northcutt

MASON, Ohio-Chuck Northcutt has been appointed vice president of quality assurance for Downlite International, the basic-bedding manufacturer. In his new role, Northcutt is responsible for developing and leading quality-assurance and process-improvement initiatives. He will also handle domestic and international regulatory compliance matters and sustainability for the company’s global supply chain. He reports to Jim Lape,More »

Sferra Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Sferra

EDISON, N.J.–Sferra has appointed Douglas Fechter chief financial officer, a new position within the company. Fechter reports to Steve Schneider, president. Fechter previously served as chief financial officer for Palyon Medical Corporation in Santa Clarita, Calif., a startup devoted to the creation of innovative drug delivery systems. His professional career also includes 14 years withMore »

Jay Franco to Offer Sakroots Home Collection

Jay Franco, Nickelodeon Join in License Agreement

NEW YORK-Jay Franco and Sons has reached an agreement with The Sak Brand Group to produce a line of home textiles branded under the Sakroots label. The collection will be available at retail beginning in spring 2015. It will consist of bath and hand towels, shower curtains, bath accessories, comforters, sheets, decorative pillows and beachMore »

Surya to Bow Bedding Category at High Point Market

Surya debuts its bedding category with Florence Broadhurst patterns.

CALHOUN, Ga.–Surya has expanded into the bedding category, which will debut in the company’s Showplace showroom at High Point Market, space 4100. The new line has been designed to coordinate seamlessly with Surya’s rugs, pillows and other accessories. The initial bedding line will feature the designs of Florence Broadhurst, the late Australian designer, including herMore »

LaVon Barnes, The Prime Source Founder, 58

LaVon Barnes

DALLAS–LaVon Barnes, a former retail buyer whose sharp product development instincts led her to create her own sourcing company, The Prime Source, passed away on March 21 from complications of cancer. She was 58. Barnes began her career in retail buying offices. She first worked as a buyer at Sanger Harris (Federated) in Dallas. SheMore »

AIMsights Adds Associates

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DOVER, Pa.–The AIMsights Group, a market research firm, has named Judy Bono and Henry Ching as senior associates. Bono worked at The Pfaltzgraff Co. for more than 20 years, managing branded, licensed and private label product categories and merchandised assortments across multiple channels—including stores, catalogs and e-commerce—and built the Pfaltzgraff’s licensing business with more thanMore »