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    New York – Up against a tough comparison from last year when Easter came later, comps last week were up a slight 0.8% following a 1.1% gain the prior week, according to the Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index. More ...

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    West Chester, Pa. – Multi-channel retailer QVC is getting in on the new Apple Watch with an app that gives consumers real-time product updates.

  • Polartec names new marketing manager for North America

    Lawrence, Mass. – Textiles solutions provider Polartec has hired Darren Josey as North American marketing manager, overseeing all product categories and business channels.

  • Harounian Rugs unveils customizable display system

    High Point, N.C.— While Harounian Rugs International senior vp Greg Jordt believes that the company’s rugs can be the star of a showroom, he doesn’t want top billing.

  • Cotton price 66 cents

    New York – Friday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for May contracts was 66 cents. The price on July contracts was 65 cents.

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    Golden, Colo. – Outlast Technologies’ filling material Outlast Universe receive the Top Innovation Award from FabricLink Network (FLN) for its blend of climate regulating Outlast viscose fibers and downs.

  • Monterey Mills names design scholarship winners

    Janesville, Wis. – Monterey Mills has announced the winners of its fourth annual “Design-A-Throw” scholarship competition. In addition to a cash prize, some of the winning designs may be featured in the manufacturer’s Denali Home Collection.

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    New York – Thursday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for May contracts was 65 cents. The price on July contracts was also 65 cents.

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Join HTT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they kick off video coverage from the 2015 New York Home Fashions Market. Each day they will share news about the trends coming out of showrooms and the hot topics of the market week. See the videos! Sponsored by Lenzing.

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 27, 2015

    Keeping Up With The

    A word to the supplier community. Does your operation have an e-commerce team? Do you at least have an e-comm person? You should know that a growing number of your competitors do. The larger U.S. rug manufacturers were the first to jump on the strategy – and that was a good couple of years ago. What surprised at New York Home Fashions Market last month was the extent to which importers in other home textiles categories are restructuring internally to address online business. I wouldn’t say it’s a wave, but it’s definitely building. The most bare-bones effort ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    April 27, 2015

    Parallel universe

    There’s little dispute that the New York textiles market is the center of the industry and the most important twice-a-year event on the show calendar when it comes to home textiles. But having just returned from the High Point Market I have to tell you there is something going on outside of New York and if you play in this space, you need to consider a wider view. In High Point – which as everyone knows is focused around furniture – there is more textiles life than you probably think. Yes, it’s the better bedding lines that appeal to independent ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    April 13, 2015


    The recent change at the top of Saks Fifth Avenue — high-profile merchant Marigay McKee out, low-profile operator Marc Metrick in — is only the latest example of the ongoing de-merchandising of American retailing. Virtually every single new retail ceo that has been put on the job over the past few years has come out of operations, finance, logistics or some combination of the three. This has been the case in big national chains as well as specialty operations, in general merchandise, apparel and most non-durable stores. Think about it: JCPenney, Target, Gap and now Saks all made the same personnel choices ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 13, 2015

    The Bachelorette

    Here comes the bride – the most highly prized consumer in the home furnishings retail space right now. You want to gauge the state of competition in the War for Millennials, keep an eye on how retailers are enhancing, marketing and leveraging their bridal registries. Anthropologie launched one last fall as part of its concerted push into home. Apparently, it’s working. During the fourth quarter, 40% of the registry purchasers were first-time Anthropologie customers. (To kick-start the effort, the lifestyle retailer began rolling out bridal apparel shops last spring. Smart move.) Bed Bath & Beyond is spiffing up its registry technology ...

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