Show Preview - March 2012

City Sights
By Wanda Jankowski

A sneak peek at offerings in fashion bedding, comfort sleep, bath, beach, dining and home accents on view in showrooms during the New York Home Fashions Market

New York Home Fashions Market Dates:

  • Spring 2012: Monday, Mar. 5 to Thursday, Mar. 8
  • Fall 2012: Monday, Sept. 10 to Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Spring 2013: Monday, Mar. 18 to Thursday, Mar. 21
  • Fall 2013: Monday, Sept. 23 to Thursday, Sept. 26

Famous Home Fashions
Partners With Van Es Home

Famous Home Fashions, multi-category home products
supplier to retailers in the U.S. and Canada, announces an alliance with Van es Home, a trend-setting fashion bedding company in Europe. Famous Home will license the multiple Van es Home brands and produce them in Asia for the North American market.

During Fall 2011 N.Y. Market, the Van es Home Collection previewed in the Famous Home Fashions New York showroom and previewed in Canada at the CGTA show in January 2012. Shipments to retailers begin in March 2012.

Van es Home presented its newest collection at Heimtextil in January 2012. Famous Home Fashions will show this collection in its showroom during the March 2012 N.Y. Market. Pictured here is Milena, an oversized cabbage rose print that reverses to an oversized plaid. It is available as oversized duvet and comforter in twin, full, queen and king sizes. Famous Home Fashions, 800-465-4566,

Botanical Print The Paloma features flowers and doves in a tranquil garden scene rendered in fashion-forward colors. It reverses to an ivory print on a grey ground. Made with 100 percent cotton in the face and fill, it is oversized and available in twin, full/queen and king sizes. Greenland Home Fashions, 800-677-8140,

Coastal Star Historie de la Mer is a romantic interpretation of antique sea life drawings in driftwood brown, coral turquoise and sand dollar white on a sand-colored quilt. C & F Enterprises, Inc., 888-889-9868,

Luxury Design Affordably The Boticelli debuts from the Austin Horn “Classics,” a line that presents the luxury styling and quality integrity of the Austin Horn brand at an affordable price point. Pacific Coast Home Furnishings, 323-838-7808,
Tailored Plaid The Earl Grey Plaid is made with 100 percent Pima cotton flannel, brushed on both sides for extra softness. The design is available as pillowcases, shams and top of bed and can be replicated on a variety of cotton flannel qualities. Stellar Alliance/Wulfing, 212-563-6305,
Cotton Quilts Hedaya Home Fashions introduces its largest line of all-cotton quilts. Each is hand pieced, with accent binding and piping, in floral and paisley prints that feature shades of blue, dandelion, celery, and cream. Each quilt and tie-closure sham reverses to a coordinating plaid. Shown is the Adagio design. Hedaya Home Fashions, Inc., 212-889-1111,
Repeated Ribbons Pendleton has collaborated with DwellStudio to create the Ribbons blanket. Made in the U.S. and offered in twin, queen and king sizes, it is a modern interpretation of stripes in a repeated ribbon pattern. Brown whipstsitch binding adds a finishing touch. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801,

Ellery Implements New Software,
Expands Showroom & Existing Lines

Ellery Homestyles has entered into an agreement with Computer Generated Solutions to implement the Infinity BlueCherry PLM Suite software. The software provides benefits to Ellery such as improved time to market, enhanced customer service, key management controls and reporting ability.

In response to the success of its Vue™ Signature Bedding Collection, Ellery is expanding this brand to encompass the Vue™ Signature Curtain Collection.

To accommodate the new curtain line and its growing business, Ellery is adding 1,000 square feet to its 17,000-square-foot showroom in time for N.Y. Market.
Ellery is also expanding the Eclipse brand to include Home Theater curtains marketed under the Absolute Zero™ brand, and the SoundAsleep™ Room Darkening Curtain line.

New collections will be introduced during N.Y. Market for The Linen House Australia brand and eight bedding ensembles will be revealed in the Historic Charleston line. Ellery Homestyles, 212-448-4400,

In The Details Made in India from cotton, Panikapur in brown features kantha stitching, quilting, piercing and appliqué details. Rizzy Home, 877-499-7847,

Venus Partners With Whyte,
Introduces Comforlette®

Venus Group and George Whyte have an exclusive agreement to manufacture and distribute bedding, decorative pillows, shower curtains, window treatments and table linens for the retail and hospitality divisions of Venus Group. At the N.Y. Market, Venus Group features a collection of luxury bedding and decorative pillows created in partnership with Whyte Design Inc.

For several years, Whyte has been designing fabrics and finished products for world-class hotels across the U.S. Whyte’s collection for Venus reflects the design sense that has been successful with his hotel customers.

Venus will also introduce a new patent-pending bed covering for retail customers called the Comforlette® that has been well-received in the hospitality industry.
In addition, Venus Group is showing at Market: a unique 300-thread-count, 100 percent cotton, lint-free, performance sheet set; eco-friendly, sustainable Abundance cotton/bamboo rayon towels; Renew, a quick dry, recycled towel currently being tested with some of the company’s hotel customers; and the Performance line of wrinkle resistant and Sanitized® antimicrobial sheets.

As it moves forward, Venus Group will further translate its expertise in high-end hospitality into quality products for the retail customer. Venus Group, 800-421-6599,

Seven-Piece Set The Milan seven-piece comforter set includes the comforter, two shams, two 18- by 18-inch square pillows, one neck roll pillow and one bed skirt. Handmade appliqué flowers are presented in black, blue, green and purple. Each machine washable comforter, available in king and queen sizes, is hand-crafted with faux silk dupioni. Miracle Sleep/Ashley McBride, 212-779-2346,
Crisp, Modern Design The Newport is a handsome, contemporary design that features a printed navy and olive geometric pattern. PDK Worldwide/Arley, 212-889-6144
Back To School Park B. Smith introduces a back-to-school collection of bright patterns, including 14-piece bath sets and bedding ensembles. Shown is the Groovy Circles design. Park B. Smith, 212-889-1818,

Traditions Changes Hands In The Family

It’s been 38 years since Pamela Kline founded Traditions. She is now passing the proverbial baton over to a member of her family and into qualified hands with the sale of the company to her daughter-in-law Shari Kline, president of Traditions, who has been with the company for 18 years.

Shari Kline, whose new title will be president/creative director, says, “I’ll keep a lot the same, tighten up some things and make some marks of my own. But basically, I’ll let our customers dictate what our major future moves will be.”

Pamela Kline remarks, “Traditions is a dream I’ve had. I’m so happy to see the dream continue on to the next generation.”

Down Alternative Alternatives PrimaLoft® and its bedding licensee, Downlite, introduce: PrimaLoft™ Thermo Comforter Collection that provides varied warmth levels with 350-thread-count cotton covers in a Boutique Stripe pattern (right); the PrimaLoft® Thermo Blanket with a double diamond quilt stitch; the Ultra Lite Zero Gravity PrimaLoft® Comforter with a micro-modal shell; the PrimaLoft Support Pillow Collection with custom woven gussets; and the PrimaLoft Core Support Pillow with PrimaLoft® Memory inner core. Downlite International, 800-543-3696,,
Bedding & Bath Debut Robin Wilson Home announces the launch of hypoallergenic bedding and bath products in March 2012 (left and far left). The pillows are sewn with a less than 10-micron weave. The certified allergy proof barrier fabric is dust mite resistant. Robin Wilson Home, 212-863-9197,

Lenzing Introduces Modal Edelweiss,
Tencel Earns BioBased Label

Lenzing continues to innovate with the recent introduction of Modal® Edelweiss. It performs identically to the Lenzing Modal® fiber, which is extracted from sustainable beech wood, and the processing via the eco-friendly Lenzing textile supply chain is the same.

However, Andreas Dorner of Lenzing explains, “The Edelweiss technology is based on a chemical process derived from oxygen, which is more eco-friendly than previous ones. Thus Lenzing Modal® Edelweiss is the only Modal fiber which satisfies the highest possible environmental standards. Initially, only selected quantities will be produced for customers with special ecological requirements.”

Another Lenzing fiber, Tencel® has been certified by the USDA as 100 percent BioBased. This entitles Lenzing to use the USDA BioBased Label (shown) in literature, advertising and on the web for this fiber.

The government’s BioPreferred Program has been extended to include a BioBased label for consumer products to encourage the use of products of biological origin. Criteria to earn the label include: at least 20 percent of the carbon in the product must come from non-fossil sources; it is composed of or manufactured from biological, forestry or renewable domestic agricultural materials; it was not on the market in 1972; and it is produced in a designated country (Austria, where Lenzing is headquartered, is designated).

Lenzing Fibers Inc., 212-944-7400,

Springy Support An expanded Nature’s Rest Collection focuses on latex pillows. Shown is the Luxury Latex ventilated pillow with a premium circular knit cover. The collection also includes a pillow with latex clusters for a spring-like feel and support; pillows and toppers made with a feather/fiber blend; and an expanded basic Eco-Fiber filled group. Soft-Tex Manufacturing Co., 800-366-2324,
Performance Fibers Design Weave U.S.A. has an exclusive license with Cocona Technologies to produce home textiles. Cocona produces high-technology fiber and fabrics used by performance garment brands. The new sheets, comforters and blankets will have superior wicking and the attributes will not wash out as the carbon fibers are integral to the yarn. Due to inherent odor-capturing nature, they will require less laundering. Design Weave U.S.A., 888-288-8781,
Sleeping In Comfort The Luxury Mattress Protector is a waterproof, fitted sheet style protector that merges Tencel with Protect-A-Bed’s Miracle Membrane®. Its thermo-regulating properties keep the sleeper cool in summer and warm in winter, while the Miracle Membrane® provides a barrier to dust mites, liquids and other irritants. Protect-A-Bed, 866-297-8836,
Taking Foam To Another Level The MaxiForm™ Memory Fiber line combines memory foam-like support with adjustable comfort. It includes three pillows and a mattress pad (shown). The LuxForm™ Matress Pad, which includes MaxiForm Memory Fiber, cradles the body and provides pressure point relief. Pacific Coast Feather Company, 206-624-1057,
Cool Sleep The Hydraluxe Cooling Pillow layers gel technology over supportive memory foam. The pillow cradles the sleeper’s body shape and provides a cooling, comfortable sleep experience. Comfort Revolution, 732-272-9111,

Peking Handicraft Moves
To Larger Showroom

Formerly located in 295 Fifth Ave.’s Suite 714,
Peking Handicraft Inc. (PHI) has moved to Suite 905,
which is 40 percent larger and distinguished by a welcoming double-door entrance. The new space, designed by Carol Antone, recently promoted to vice-president of creative services, enjoys an open-plan layout for a fresh, modern feel with a touch of warmth from Brazilian wood floors.

The showroom will include full-sized beds in vignette settings.

In addition to new offerings in existing lines, such as Trina Turk, Mary Jane Butters and PHI’s own cotton quilts, the company will be launching a luxury collection—affordably priced, but with a better quality look, notes Antone, who adds, “and a whole different look than any of our existing lines.

“We see movement in the luxury sector. People
were so tired of not spending money,” she says, “so they are starting to spend again.”

Peking Handicraft Inc., 800-872-6888,

For The Star In Everyone Taymor's Ultimate Bath Caddy was included in the 2012 Academy Awards gift bags! It expands to more than 34 inches and includes: a reading rack, personal mirror with 3X magnification on the reverse side, wine glass holder and a candle holder that accepts a taper or votive. Finishes offered are polished chrome and polished brass. Taymor Industries, Inc., 800-388-9887,

Mercury Magic Vizcaya is a sophisticated collection of bath accessories made with mercury glass. Kassatex, 212-686-5533,


Embellished Romantics

Avanti presents at N.Y. Market the Romantics Collection. Designed with and around beautiful embellishments, the collection includes nine styles in both shower curtains and coordinating embellished towels, all offered in multiple colorways. Three-dimensional elements, such as rosettes, appliqués and ruffles, are rendered in taffetas, organzas and crinkled fabrics. Avanti Linens, 201-641-7766,

Archival Towel Art Conde Nast beach towels feature reproductions of archival art from The New Yorker, Mademoiselle, House and Garden, and Gourmet magazines, as well as Vogue images. Created using top-notch, fiber-reactive printing, the oversized 40- by 70-inch towels are made with a yarn-dye solid color back in coordinating colors. Home Source International, 404-682-9820,
Sophisticated Elegance The Amsterdam Collection consists of delicate, elegant porcelain accessories in glazed linen and finished with elegant platinum trimming. Croscill Home, 212-213-8000,
Cotton From East Africa The Savannah Collection is made with long-staple East African cotton. The fine quality cotton is hand-picked in Uganda and Mozambique. The towels are manufactured in Turkey. The entire process creates a virtually zero carbon footprint. Chortex USA, 914-930-8440,
Friendly Sea Life The Tie Dye Sea Collection includes a printed polyester shower curtain, hand-painted ceramic accessories, woven wastebasket, tufted cotton rug and embroidered cotton terry towel with dobby stripes. Saturday Knight, Ltd., 513-641-1400,
Color Bursts The 100 percent zero-twist cotton towel collection includes bath and oversized hand towels, bath sheet, washcloth and tub mat. Colors available (not all shown) are white, crème, aqua surf, candy pink, jade, pearl gray, taupe, maize and tango. Espalma, 212-213-1850,
Towels Bear Blanket Pattern New for Pendleton is the category of jacquard bath towels. The designs are drawn from a Pendleton blanket pattern created in the 1920s to celebrate the heroism of the Northwest’s great Nez Perce leader, Chief Joseph. The 100 percent cotton towels are available in bath, hand and washcloth sizes, and in six color combinations. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801,
Winter Bouquet The Lenox® Winter Meadow™ showcases an embroidered bouquet of poinsettia, holly, amaryllis and paper whites. The 100 percent cotton terry towel ensemble includes bath, hand and fingertip sizes. Bardwil Industries, Inc., 212-944-1870,
Mix & Match This new collection includes Argyle, a multi-tonal geometric, and Artistry, a multi-tonal brushstroke design. Both are available in charcoal, ruby, saffron and sand (not shown) and as placemats, napkins, runners and window treatments. Trendex also introduces luxurious holiday looks from jacquards to multi-color designs with detailed weaves and embellishments. Trendex Home Designs, Inc., 212-779-2340,
Herringbone Throw The Solare Plata 60- by 80-inch throw is woven with 58 percent cotton, 35 percent polyacrylic and 7 percent polyester soft velour in a herringbone wale pattern. Colors shown are tan, bark and charcoal. It is available in a drop-ship program or as a direct import. Stellar Alliance/Ibena, 212-563-6305,
A Hug from Mickey The NFL/Disney Mickey Mouse hugger in a Giants football uniform clutches a 40- by 50-inch full-color soft fleece throw. The Northwest Company, 800-242-6996,
Pretty Pillows This vibrant pillow stack from Calderia includes these new designs (top to bottom): Zig-Zag Dot, Two-Tone Scroll, Mini Leopard, Cameo, Mini Pop Floral, Barcode stripe and Ikat Damask. Caldeira, 212-532-2285,
Homespun Delight Adding to its Heirloom Collection, the Serene tabletop set is made by weaving dyed threads to create a homespun design that recalls picnics on the porch and grandmother’s kitchen. The Serene design is also available as a tablecloth and a dishtowel. C & F Enterprises, Inc., 888-889-9868,
For The Great Outdoors The company offers collections of outdoor tufted furniture cushions, seat pads, chair cushions and embroidered decorative pillows in a variety of colors, sizes and prints. The decorative pillows can be used indoors and outside. All fabrics are water repellent and light fast. RR Design Concepts, 917-607-3519,


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