Focus - May 2011

Material Magic
By Wanda Jankowski

Celebrating the universe of fabrics and trims are these creative introductions, many of which are on display June 5 to 8, 2011 at the semi-annual Showtime™ market produced by the International Textile Market Association in High Point, NC

Harry Harry
A polyester Trevira CS fabric from the Fraser Series that is part of the All In One line of Intelligent Textiles by Harry Harry.

Harry Harry Fabrics Brings European Innovations To U.S. Shores

Australia-based Harry Harry Fabrics is making its fine European fabrics available to the U.S. market by debuting lines from Germany and Italy during Showtime and setting up corporate offices in California.
The company’s Intelligent Textiles from Germany embody cutting-edge performance technologies. Drapilux Bioact textiles decimate bacteria and infectious pathogens on the fabric via silver ions attached to the Trevira fibers. Drapilux Acoustic fabrics eliminate the need for traditional sound absorption materials. Drapilux Flammstop fabrics made from Trevira CA are flame-retardant.

The Intelligent Textiles All In One grouping combines fire-resistance, pollutant reduction and sound absorption with anti-bacterial efficiency. The fabrics’ “room hygiene” capability means that noxious and odorous substances are degraded, and hypersensitivity and allergy risks are reduced. It is the first collection in Europe to unify all of those advantages.

A new line of upholstery weight linen/cotton blends from Italy will also be debuting at Showtime, along with a line of fade- and stain-resistant, soft-finish indoor/outdoor Italian textiles called Tuscany, which includes rich velvets.

Harry Harry Fabrics lines, sourced by president, owner and founder, Tanya Cruice, include offerings for commercial, hospitality and residential applications and for indoor and outdoor use in a range of materials and designs.

“We offer high-quality product lines, unique prints, customization and wide widths along with excellent price points,” says Cruice.

“Our standard line of fabrics are direct from Europe, but we have hand-picked lines which we believe will sell well within the U.S.,” says Allison Maestas, vice-president, Harry Harry Fabrics. “As time allows, we will be releasing exclusive lines that are designed with the U.S. market in mind. Of course, our customization program allows manufacturers and their designers to create textiles specific to customers’ needs. There are so many talented textile companies that are yet to be introduced to the U.S. We at Harry Harry Fabrics intend to introduce them and see their amazing products receive U.S. recognition.”

Corporate U.S. headquarters for Harry Harry USA is scheduled to open in early summer and will include a showroom and retail store in California, with plans for future locations in New York and Texas. Plans for expanding across the U.S. and Canada are scheduled for 2012. In addition, Harry Harry Fabrics is actively seeking representatives across the U.S.

Softline Home Fashions
Penrose Burnout is a modern printed burnout sheer. Sunlight shining through it produces a unique shadow effect. Available in four colors, it is offered as ready-made curtains or fabric by the bolt.
Kravet
The Kravet Guaranteed Program expands upon the existing Guaranteed in Stock program with additional fabrics and guarantees. The fabric collection features new color palettes in modern woven designs, bringing the total assortment to more than 1,000 fabrics backed by the guarantee.
Expo International
The Home Décor Jewelry Collection includes gem and rhinestone pieces complete with pin backs for temporary attachments to tiebacks, pillows, chair ties, curtains and valances.
Trimland
The company offers a wide range of trims and tassels to finish draperies, pillow and other decorative accessories. The string curtain shown is one of its newest introductions.
Regal Fabrics
Zena is a broken ikat stripe in 100 percent polyester. Zorba, the leaf and berry jacquard, is also 100 percent polyester. Both fabrics are shown in blueberry, but also offered in chocolate, navy and silver.
Waverly
Waverly’s Modern Essentials Collection features contemporary prints in bright and saturated colors mixed with ethnic and tribal looks. Fabric designs include graphic, minimalistic motifs intended for layering with the grouping’s bold solid, sateens.
D’Kei
The company’s new jeweled nail and button collection includes a variety of styles available in an antique gold or antique silver finis`h, seven jewel colors and with the option of nail, screw or button backs.
JLA Home Fabrics
Vintage Rose features roses trailing over ancient script. Dimension is added to the classic toile by the twisted cotton yarn in the ground.
 
Roger Thomas Collection
The vignette includes the Roulette trim, Pearl Button border and a tassel tieback.

Samuel & Sons Launches Line
By Designer Roger Thomas

Samuel & Sons has launched its first collaboration with Roger Thomas, interior designer of Wynn Resorts. The collection is marked by bright colors, which Thomas reveals are inspired by his passion for 18th century paintings that contrast neutral tones with pops of bright color. The designs are inspired by sights seen during his travels through the antique districts of major European capitals.

The collection includes styles of fringes, borders, cords, and tassel tiebacks in rich colors. The trims are made primarily with fire-retardant Trevira CS yarns, making them suitable for hospitality as well as residential interiors.

The Roulette, Triplet and Boulette fringes include geometrically shaped wood molds wrapped with vivid threads. The borders are: Pearl Button with mother-of-pearl buttons; Wood You, a three-inch faux bois design; and the bold, angular Zig-Zag. The plaited cord and two style of contemporary tassel tiebacks coordinate with the Roulette and Boulette fringes.

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