NY Market Preview - March 2004

Design Class


With each season comes a set of themes, colors, and textures that makes it seem as though all the designers have taken the same class. Some will get ‘A’s’ as their designs make it to retail. Others won’t do as well and will have to repeat the class. Let’s review what they’ve learned.

In March expect to see chunky textures (sweater knits), subtle tactile surfaces (microfiber suede everywhere, and chenille (still); a lot of color (keep track of how many names are used for orange and green); tropics (classic); and Asian influence (not Zen again, but more about pattern).

Color is all over the place. Nearly everyone finds brown delicious this market. It goes from cream to coffee to chocolate (both milk and dark). Greens are very healthy–lime, kiwi, pistachio, celery, and even avocado (back from the ’70s). From the same era comes orange. This time around designers have shopped the produce aisle for oranges as well as peaches, papayas, and pumpkins and the spice section for paprika and curry. Plus there’s salmon from the fishmonger.

Brushing up on their geography, designers are happy to share it with retailers. There’s definitely a section on China, especially Shanghai. There’s Shanghai Brocade bedding from Hollander Home Fashions and Elrene’s Shanghai Chic table linens. Other parts of the world have inspired a real travelogue. Raymond Waites goes global with his bed ensembles with a visit to India for the paisley Ashanti, a stop in Africa for Kea, and a holiday in the Greek isles with Naxos.

Hollander is also traveling. In its Crossroads collection, Marangu’s primitive motifs and tactile chocolate chenille are out of Africa. Design Director Fashion Bedding Glenda Heffer has taken a special interest in Latin America, and it comes out in bedding ensembles called Ibiza, Siesta Fiesta, Paradise, and Pina Colada.

Artistic License

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta’s bedding collections are debuting this market with Oscar, a ‘bridge’ line from licensee Rose Tree Linens. The ensembles are inspired by his homes: his Park Avenue apartment, the country estate in Connecticut, and his beach retreat in his native Dominican Republic.
The Nautica name is now found on blankets and throws by Berkshire Blanket; solid-color, knit, and flannel sheeting from Zorlu USA; towels and bath rugs by Welspun USA; and yarns and fabrics by Kaltex Home. Elrene is also presenting a new collection of Nautica table linens along with one for Jonathan Adler.

The surf’s up at Revman Industries, which is adding to its Dean Miller collection with top-of-bed choices. And TerriSol rides the same wave with its new OP (Ocean Pacific) license for beach towels.
Woolrich, a name synonymous with the outdoor lifestyle, now dresses the table and works in the kitchen with a collection by Fallani and Cohn.

Eileen West brings her signature floral designs to kitchen textiles, knit and flannel sheeting, and top of bed by1888 Mills, while Liz Claiborne is getting organized by licensing Blockwares LLP to produce a line of home-organizing products.

Current Events

Innovation is more than a trend; it’s a necessity in today’s market. True to its name, Sleep Innovations debuts Novaform™ VISIONS, a complete line of bed pillows, mattress toppers, and specialty pillows combining high-density Memory Foam and Memory Comfort Cushions, along with other innovations.
The Zone Diet has been a success and United Feather and Down’s Zone™ Baffled Box Featherbed looks like a winner, too. The patent-pending construction provides increased lumbar comfort and support.

Change of Address

Ashford Court has moved to suite 1515 at 295 Fifth Avenue to accommodate its growing business leaving its previous home in suite 310 available for Jay Franco and Sons to expand into. Thomasville Home Furnishing has also expanded its showroom, suite 1619 at 295. The home fashion resource Westone has made the move from West 38th Street to the center of the home textile district by taking 4,100-square feet, suite 1100 at 230 Fifth Avenue. It’s ‘eastward ho!’ for John Matouk & Co. and Sferra Bros. as they move from their West Side location to 11 East 26th Street, 10th floor.

Even though Kimlor Mills is staying put in its 261 Fifth Avenue showroom (suite 1512), it is expanding its warehouse facilities in Orangeburg, SC, adding 80,000-square feet.

Retailers have their homework cut out for them. They won’t want to be kept back while others graduate with honors–and sales.

School Colors

A) The Home Collection, Ultrasuede Ruffle, Iridescent Silk Chiffon Red Stripe, & Orange Bamboo, decorative pillows: Tyed Thru Thyme, 718-789-7126. B) Curl Matelassé sham: Columbine Cody, 800-553-5621. C) Karissa decorative pillow: Evandale, 212-704-2033, jwesilk.com. D) Trapunto decorative pillow: Newport, 503-283-4895. E) Durham Stripe & Sabina decorative pillows; Ivory Coast shower curtain hooks & finials; Versailles bath accessories: India Ink, 323-589-5471. F) Lowell sham: Matouk, 212-683-9242, matouk.com. G) Noblesse bath towel: Revere Mills, 847-647-7070. H) Chef Block & Avenida kitchen towels; Jacquard &Cocktail Napkins; Almeria table cloth: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046. I) Monoca shower curtain: CHF Industries, 212-951-7800. J) Curved Shower Rod: Taymor, 800-388-9887, taymor.com. K) 700 & Checkers bath towels: Espalma by Cobra Trading, 212-213-1850. L) Carnaby decorative pillow: Southern Home Accents, 800-931-7488.

Gilded Age

A) Cotton Chenille Jacquard sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802, divatex.com. B) Lawrence Jacquard, Genoa sham: Lawrence Home Fashions Inc., 800-463-3740, lawrencehome.com. C) Rutledge sham: Hollander Home Fashions Corp., 561-997-6900, hollanderhome.com. D) Oriental Wedding sham: Aussino, 212-213-8838, aussino.com. E) Feathers decorative pillow & throw: Thro, 212-213-8915. F) Ashanti: Raymond Waites Design, 212-629-7474. G) Marseille Velvet decorative pillows: Messina and Zucker, 212-889-3750, messinaandzucker.com. H) Sari decorative pillow: Achim, 800-542-2446, achimonline.com. I) Sheer napkin with Bronze Scroll: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046. J) Filigree table runner: The Oxford House Collection, 800-693-1162, oxfordhousecollection.com. K) Tarakan rug: Brumlow Mills , 800-487-6906. L) Treasure Chest bath accessories & South Bay decorative pillow: India Ink, 323-589-5471. M) Prive & Midas Touch decorative pillows: Dakotah, 800-325-6834. N) Poinsettia & Berries table runner, Poinsettia Embroidery potholder, Green Poinsettia, Holiday Greenery , & Tinsel Town Plaid napkins: Windham Weavers, 203-438-6849.

Pastel Palette

A) Baja sham: Hedaya Home Fashions, 800-223-1454, hedayahome.com. B) Dean Miller, Colorful Lei Flower decorative pillow: Revman, 212-278-0300. C) Micro Suede, Paisley & Plaza Suite shams: Mélange Home, 212-689-2002, melangehome.com. D) Skip Along baby blankets: Brahms Mount Textiles, 800-545-9347, brahmsmount.com. E) Eden sham, Aussino, 212-213-8838. aussino.com. F) Sarina mini-quilt: Hollander Home Fashions, 561-997-6900, hollanderhome.com. G) Jasmine decorative pillow: Whisper Soft Mills, 910-285-4374. H) Shanghai Chic collection, Cherry Blossom Embroidery placemat & napkin: Elrene,212-889-6376, elrene.com. I) Manor, Impressions rug: Lacey Mills, 770-607-8100, laceymills.com. J) Nicole bath towel ; Checkered Hibiscus beach towel: Karsten America, 212-448-4229. K) Manchester shower curtain: Town & Country Living, 732-364-2000. L) Blue Ribbon quilt: Ashley McBride, 212-779-2976, ashleymcbride.com. M) South Pacific, Magador beach towel: Döhler USA, 866-787-2921, dohlerusa.com. N) Bebira decorative pillow: Evandale, 212-704-2033, jwesilk.com.

Spring Break

A) Dean Miller, Hang Ten sham; Surfboard decorative pillow: Revman, 212-278-0300. B) Shag, Tiki Bars sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802, divatex.com. C) Colours pillowcase & sham: Sheridan Australia, 212-679-5105. D) Checkered Hibiscus beach towel: TerriSol by Karsten America, 212-448-4229. E) Gypsy, Matisse kitchen towel: Barth and Dreyfuss: 212-689-7850. F) Caribe collection, Dansk Caribe Color Block placemat, napkin, & napkin ring: Bardwil, 212-944-1870. G) Life’s a Beach wallpaper & border: Blonder Home Accents, 800-321-4070, blonderhome.com. H) Tiki Drinks beach towel: Döhler USA, 866-787-2921, dohlerusa.com. I) Twister Sunshine Box Button & Cartwheel Scarlet decorative pillows: Pillow Perfect, 770-926-1122, pillowperfect.com.

Advanced Geometry

A) Rhythmic decorative pillow & sham: Bay Linens, 212-725-2002, baylinens.com. B) Micro Suede, Plaza Suite & Paisley shams: Mélange, 212-689-2002, melangehome.com. C) Piqué, Aquamarine sham: Home and Harmony, 828-883-9029, homesourceintl.com. D) Carnaby decorative pillow: Southern Home Accents, 864-369-7251, southernhomeaccents.com. E) Adagio pillowcase: Matouk, 212-683-9242, matouk.com. F) Aurora decorative pillow: India Ink, 323-589-9321. G) Origins shower curtain: Creative Bath, 212-889-2666, creativebath.com. H) Angles bath accessories & shower curtain: Ex-Cell, 800-223-1999. I) Mediterranean, Sateen Mosaic bath towel: Döhler USA, 866-787-2921, dohlerusa.com. J) Checkers bath towel: Espalma by Cobra Trading, 212-213-1850. K) Vertigo & Spot On: 100% Pure, 714-542-1600, custom-comfort.com. L) Sophire placemats & Jacquard napkin: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046. M) Touch Me Cube blanket: Aranda, 011-2711-693-3721,

Class Trip

A) Elk Lodge sham: Kimlor, 803-531-2037. B) Laguna hamper: Homtomi, 800-654-4069, homtomi.com. C) Kimberly Poloson Rooster placemat: Anchor Home Products, 800-525-0852. D) Harvest Fruits tablecloth: Windham Weavers, 203-438-6849. F) Lowell, pillowcase: Matouk, 212-683-9242, matouk.com. F) Madison blanket: Columbine Cody, 800-553-5621. G) Texana & Vintage Golf rugs: Brumlow Mills, 800-487-6906. H) Grand Cayman wallpaper & border, Blonder Home Accents, 800-321-4070, blonderhome.com. I) KitchenAid kitchen textiles: Town & Country, 212-889-7911. J) Bon Vin Bonne tablecloth: Karsten America, 212-448-4229. K) Four Seasons bath towel: Espalma by Cobra Trading , 212-213-1850. L) Kismet: Raymond Waites Design, 212-629-7474. M) Allen James Robinson Tarpon & Brown Trout decorative pillows: Burney Products Corp., 718-821-9200. N) Joseph Abboud Sandrift sham: Divatex, 212-252-0802, divatex.com.

Classique Tropique

A) Checkers, 700 brown, 700 olive, and Orchid bath towels; Reversible Rug: Espalma by Cobra Trading, 212-213-1850. B) Laguna bath console table: Homtomi, 800-654-4069, homtomi.com. C) Joo Cee Fruit kitchen towel: Lintex Linens, 212-679-8046. D) Paradise sham: Hollander Home Fashions, 561-997-6900, hollanderhome.com. E) Twill, Chocolate sham: Home and Harmony, 828-883-9029, homesourceintl.com. F) Kokomo sham: Melrose Home Collections, 213-748-7444, melrosehome.com. G) Mia decorative pillows & jumbo neckroll: Southern Home Accents,
866-931-7488, southernhomeaccents.com. I) Trade Winds wallpaper & border: Blonder Home Accents, 800-321-4070, blonderhome.com. J) Tropical Stripe tablecloth & placemat: Home Wear, 212-725-2900, homewearlinens.com. K) Alicia sham & boudoir pillow: Bay Linens , 212-725-2002, baylinens.com. L) Brocade bath accessories: India Ink, 323-589-5471.

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