Window View - March 2012

Dressing Up
By Wanda Jankowski

Suppliers pull out the stops in creating fresh looks for New York Home Fashions Week

Telescopic Rods Extra strong and bold Titan Ex 1 1/8-inch diameter telescopic drapery rod sets and accessories are well-suited for hanging heavyweight fabrics. Three sizes are offered: 28 to 48 inches, 48 to 86 inches and 86 to 150 inches. Three finishes are available: plated antique brass, plated brushed nickel and painted espresso. There are also two fashion finial styles from which to choose. Versailles Home Fashions, 514-351-8402, versailles-inc.com

Multi-Purpose Fabrics World Wide Fabric Inc. offers an extensive collection of fabrics in varied textures and colors for residential use as well as weddings, parties and other special events. Patterns featured (top to bottom) are: Royalty, Namur, Taft, England and Waldorf, with trims (left to right) Shangri-la and Shogun. World Wide Fabric Inc., 323-263-1111

Chefs Aplenty Friendly chefs with baskets of fruit and bread adorn this 100 percent polyester set enhanced with black and white diamond borders and a bank of solid stripes. The swag has a black rod pocket and all-over diamond pattern on the body. The set includes a swag measuring 57 by 30 inches and tiers at 57- by 24- or 57- by-36 inch sizes. Achim Importing Co., Inc., 212-686-6652, achimonline.com
Dine In Elegance The richly ornate Valdosta window treatment is shown in black, but is available in a range of colors. J. Queen New York, 212-414-1555, jqueen-ny.com
For The Kitchen The Latte Grommet Tier features kitchen-friendly coffee mug, cupcake and tea kettle motifs on a cream-colored background. S. Lichtenberg, 212-689-4510, lichtenberg.com
Decorative Trims New additions to its Milante Collection from Belagio Enterprises are available in a wide range of 25 colors. Shown are an elegant decorative braid and tassel fringe with a new distinctive bead and coordinating lip cord. The collection is made with polyester or polyester blends. Decorative tassel fringes, brush fringe, tie backs, chair ties and key tassels complete the collection. Belagio Enterprises, Inc., 3232-731-6934, belagioenterprises.com
Coming Up Roses The polyester Rose Tier set features a scalloped-edge valance with the embroidery on an inverted pleat and a color-blocked tier with a contrast rod pocket and embroidered border. The base cloth is faux silk. The set is available in 24- and 36-inch sizes and in chocolate, sage and black colorways. CHF Industries, Inc., 212-951-7800, chfindustries.com
 

Versailles Home Fashions Celebrates 25 Years

Versailles Home Fashions Inc. was established in 1987 by Robert Gibbons when he purchased two prominent Canadian window covering and hardware distributors: the Le Boisier Wood Pole Division of Gauvreau Beaudry Ltd. and the Bois Chatel Wood Pole Division of Draco. Soon after, he invited Harvey and the late Saul Levenson of Commonwealth Home Fashions Inc., to join him as partners.

But long before these bold moves, Gibbons had developed expertise in the window treatment business. “For 18 years I worked as a national buyer of Window Decor at Eaton’s, the then most prominent department store in Canada. That experience allows me to understand what our customers need: innovative quality product, competitive prices, high fill rate and on time delivery,” states Gibbons, president of Versailles Home Fashions.

Versailles Home Fashions has designed many unique and patented products, and today is a major developer and importer/distributor of drapery hardware, natural bamboo window products, tie backs, holdbacks and other home accessories from several international sources.

“We were the first to introduce mini-blinds in Canada,” says Gibbons. With 32 employees, Versailles runs a tight, nimble operation. “We have an edge because we are small and efficient. We have the ability to develop new products and bring them to new markets quickly.”

Gibbons has seen many changes in the industry over the years, but notes that it had been more affected by 9/11 than the recent recession. “It brought up security issues and inspections were established, which have escalated since 2008, requiring companies to provide more tracking information on goods. A lot of paperwork crosses the border,” he says, “but we’re good at it.”

When asked what his proudest moment has been in this past quarter century, Gibbons states, “It was the first order we received from Country Curtains 25 years ago. We continue to have a great relationship with them today. They are one of the most honorable retailers we do business with.”

What do the next 25 years have in store for Versailles? “My goal is to continue to evolve the product mix and introduce colors, shapes and styles that keep up with the times. We will diversify into bedding and bedding accessories,” says Gibbons. “We have to keep our foot on the gas pedal.”

Versailles Home Fashions services major retail chain stores, catalogues, and independent and .com retailers in the U.S. and abroad. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it maintains a showroom in New York at 261 Fifth Ave. Visit versailles-inc.com.

 
Garden of Flowers The Jardin grommet top panel is a lively and vibrant printed burnout on organza in aubergine. Commonwealth Home Fashions, 514-384-8290, commonwealthhomefashions.com
New Iron Art Finishes Orion Ornamental Iron has added four new finishes to its Iron Art Line: ivory, pure white, oil-rubbed bronze and metal ore. Iron Art finishes now total 35, not including custom options. Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc., 877-476-6278, ironartbyiron.com
New Track Finishes Orion now offers tracks for Somfy motorization in black, gold and antique bronze, in addition to white. Somfy motorization features include: tracks available with or without rings that can be bent or curved; motors for both light-weight and heavy-weight drapes; and a touch-motion feature that open and closes the drapery by simply pulling on the fabric, as well as a full range of other control options. Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc., 877-476-6278, ironartbyiron.com
Vibrant Valance Renaissance Home Fashions presents Cooper, a lined scalloped valance with cording available in flame (shown), chocolate, champagne and gold. Stylemaster/Renaissance Home Fashions, 718-805-0200, stylemaster.com
Energy Savers Stylemaster’s Gabrielle line includes pinch pleat (shown in chocolate), foam-back drape pairs and patio panels, scalloped valances and back-tab rod pocket panels. The line has an energy saver quality that reduces heating and cooling costs, and noise. All elements are offered in chocolate, oyster, crimson and sage. Drapes, patio panels and valances are also available in blue and taupe. Stylemaster/Renaissance Home Fashions, 718-805-0200, stylemaster.com
Eight New Concepts 1888 Mills introduces eight collections: a solid and sheer combination (shown) engineered to create distinctive geometric configurations; a core program with a classic, casual American point of view; a “vintage” print collection influenced by Old World European culture; natural textural fabrics from fine linen looks to chunky bold slub effects; eclectic cross-cultural influences represented in a globally inspired collection; for the urban enthusiast, metallics from liquid metal looks to a barely-there shimmer; a collection that focuses on soft, warm looks, including velvets and casual fine-wale corduroy; and a bright print collection reflecting the renaissance of mid-century modern. 1888 Mills, 800-346-3660, 1888mills.com
Diamonds In Draperies The Sutton from Elrene’s Grommet Line features a modern diamond pattern and includes a grommet waterfall valance. It is shown with the Beekman sheer, a striped Lurex rod-pocket panel and San Marco window jewelry in a gold colorway. Elrene Home Fashions, 212-889-6378, elrene.com
Silk Mimicry Softline Home Fashions introduces the Montok Collection that captures the elegance of dupioni in a two-color faux silk embellished with a stylish horizontal pleat where the two colors meet. All Montok ready made panels come lined and with grommets as the top treatment. Three color combinations are available. Softline Home Fashions, 800-701-4220, softlinehome.com
 

Acquisitions Expand Product Offerings
From Springs Window Fashions

Cesta, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Springs Window Fashions, LLC, has acquired the assets of DHFI, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of custom draperies and curtains located in Hialeah, FL. DHFI’s 45,000-square-foot facility in Hialeah, where approximately 50 associates are employed, will continue operating under new management.

In addition, Cesta has purchased certain assets of June Tailor in Richfield, WI, including the right to produce and market custom cornices, valances, and drapery panels. Current plans are to integrate the June Tailor fabric-wrapped cornice production line into the Hialeah facility.

“These two acquisitions complement our existing product portfolio by expanding our soft window product category,” says Scott A. Fawcett, president and ceo of Springs Window Fashions. “As a leader in window coverings, we can leverage our deep experience and company resources to grow these new product lines and bring added value to our customers, including retailers and designers.”

 
Linen Look The Rhapsody features a flocked linear scroll design on a textured linen-look fabric. PDK Worldwide/Arley, 212-889-1818
Pleasing Plaid The Essex is a semi-sheer plaid tier curtain that coordinates with a swag and valance. It is offered in blue (shown) and chocolate. Lorraine also plans to expand its successful holiday/Christmas assortment to include as many as nine new tier curtains and 12 shower curtains. Lorraine Home Fashions, 212-684-0805, lhfonline.com

 


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