Textiles

Hopes for Heimtextil

Hopes for Heimtextil

By David Gill Heimtextil, the world’s gathering place for new textiles products, will take place this month in a more positive atmosphere than last year’s show. Attendance at the show is expected to be about the same as at the 2009 Heimtextil. “We are starting the new year with confidence,” said Detlef Braun, member ofMore »

Down for the Count

Down for the Count

By David Gill Thread count appears to be losing popularity as a selling point for sheets. Under the merchandising focus that has prevailed until recently, thread count gives consumers a clear and numerical indicator of what they are buying. The higher the count, the better the sheet, the logic goes. But bedding-industry executives now sayMore »

Sure Fit Acquired by Guardian Capital

Sure Fit Acquired by Guardian Capital

NEW YORK–Guardian Capital Partners, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm, has purchased Sure Fit from D.E. Shaw Group. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to a joint statement from Sure Fit and Guardian Capital, Wells Fargo Business Credit, Sure Fit’s senior lender, and Argosy Private Equity provided additional financing for the transaction. Hugh Rovit,More »

Cotton Prices Skyrocket

Cotton Prices Skyrocket

NEW YORK–With cotton in low supply throughout the world, cotton futures prices have headed drastically northward in recent months—and appear to be headed even higher in the very near term. Depending on the month of the contract, cotton futures prices have risen by from 36 percent to 44 percent in the past five months. AccordingMore »

Surtex Unveils New Branding Campaign

Surtex Unveils New Branding Campaign

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Art and design licensing show Surtex has launched its new branding initiative, which includes a revamped Web site, a new logo and a new marketing campaign. “Our newly released brand positioning sets an energetic pace for the coming decade, which looks brighter than ever for the industry,” said Penny Sikalis, GLM vice presidentMore »

230 Fifth Avenue Plans Events for Upcoming January Show

230 Fifth Avenue Plans Events for Upcoming January Show

NEW YORK–For the upcoming New York International Gift Fair, Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, 230 Fifth Avenue New York MarketPlace has a number of events planned for buyers and other attendees. Now represented by the Euroletto Linens & Home showroom in Lobby Suite 10, Colomba Living will debut its home textiles collection made from suchMore »