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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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  • Our Top 5 Reads of the Week

    A don’t-eat-this list for travelers gets serious pushback. Target’s chief merchant reflects on the Lilly Pulitzer blow-out. Sleep pillows were a big hit at High Point this week. Masion & Objet is re-arranging its layout. And, finally, Walmart execs wrap the year with smaller bonuses.

  • Outlast awarded for innovation

    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.

  • Cotton price 65 cents

    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.

  • High Point Market registrations top 45K for first time

    High Point, N.C. — Buyer registrations topped 45,000 for the first time ever, and more than 14,000 buying companies sent people to this month’s market, the High Point Market Authority Board was told Wednesday.

  • Chuck Reifer passes away

    Boca Raton, Fla. — Chuck Reifer, who spent a career in the home textiles industry and at one time helped create and lead the largest non-mill supplier in the business, passed away on March 14. He was 77.

  • Online registration opens for summer NY Now show

  • Cotton price 62 cents

    New York – Wednesday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for May contracts was 62 cents. The price on July contracts was 63 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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  • 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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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    March 23, 2015

    Talking Points

    It’s go time. The showrooms are set. The sales sheets have been distributed. The appointment schedules mapped out. There’s a lot to see and talk about at this week’s New York Home Fashions Market. Based on previews and pre-market conversations, here’s what to keep an eye on. Better qualities. In just about every product category and regardless of pricing tier, qualities are improving. This isn’t just about lower cotton prices. (Although cotton prices have settled down, labor and freight costs have been climbing.) Microfiber constructions are better, too – getting heavier, lending fabrics a cottony hand ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    March 23, 2015

    March Madness

    While most of the rest of the semi-same world is focused on what’s really important this month — the college basketball playoffs — those of us in the good old home textiles industry will once more square off in that delightful exercise known as New York market week. It’s what we do. But in the spirit of competition, let’s get our brackets set for this sporting event where full-court presses, man-to-man defenses, picks and an inordinate amount of fouls are all part of the game. The Same Old Customers vs. New Prospects. A lot of vendors will complain there ...

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