Textiles

Finkle to Speak at HFPA Annual Meeting

Finkle to Speak at HFPA Annual Meeting

NEW YORK–Janine Finkle, vice president of market intelligence for Design Research Reports, will be the featured speaker at the annual membership meeting of the Home Fashion Products Association on Nov. 16. Finkle’s topic will be “Macro-Trends Affecting the Home Furnishings Market: Tracking Consumer Attitudes and Behavior.” She is a veteran analyst of markets in homeMore »

Ralph Lauren, Sferra Partner on Upper-End, Hospitality Line

Ralph Lauren, Sferra Partner on Upper-End, Hospitality Line

NEW YORK—Ralph Lauren Home has signed an exclusive license agreement with Sferra Bros. for a collection of bed and bath linens for upper-end retailers and upscale hospitality, resort and spa customers worldwide. The agreement marks the first time Ralph Lauren Home linens will be available to upper-end retailers and the hospitality trade. Included in theMore »

Hollander Inks Deal with Iconix for Waverly Basic-Bedding Line

Hollander Inks Deal with Iconix for Waverly Basic-Bedding Line

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Hollander Home Fashions has signed a license agreement with Iconix Brand Group for a collection of basic bedding branded under Iconix’s Waverly label. The collection will include bed pillows, comforters, mattress pads, blankets, feather beds and fiberbeds, all to be available in both natural and synthetic fills. The retail pricing will be inMore »

Checking In

Checking In

 By David Gill Having displayed their wares for retailers at the September New York Home Fashions Market, home textiles manufacturers are now turning their attention to another class of trade—the hospitality industry. This month brings the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York City, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The presenceMore »

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.–Mathias “Mat” Meinzinger, founder and chairman of Creative Bath Products, died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 31. He was 74. A native of Hungary, Meinzinger founded Creative Bath in 1973. He served as president until last month, when he became chairman and Bob Weiss, vice president of sales and marketing, was named president.More »

7 W New York Names Kreider Marketing Manager

7 W New York Names Kreider Marketing Manager

NEW YORK—Jessica Kreider has been appointed marketing manager of the 7 W New York showroom building. In this position, Kreider provides support for all of the building’s events and shows, and will assist in driving its comprehensive marketing initiatives. She reports to Su Hilty, vice president of marketing, and has succeeded Toni Toreno, who wasMore »

Welspun India: Raw Material Costs Hurt Profits

Welspun India: Raw Material Costs Hurt Profits

MUMBAI, India—Welspun India, the parent company of Welspun USA, said its fiscal second-quarter operating profit fell about 7 percent to approximately $22.2 million, after the currency conversion. Profitability fell in spite of a 24 percent gain in sales for the quarter, which totaled approximately $123.4 million after the conversion. In a statement announcing the quarterlyMore »

The Issue of Cost

The Issue of Cost

By David Gill Last month’s New York Home Fashions Market was the beginning of what looks to be a period of uncertainty for the U.S. textiles industry. While vendors reported that the attitude among their retail customers was generally upbeat, they also said the fourth quarter could prove difficult for the industry. Not only isMore »