Revamped Nicole Miller gets new look

Marvin Lazaro, October 14, 2002

The redesigned Nicole Miller Home Collection was presented to retailers with a new look and a pared-down, but more sophisticated, offering.

Five Nicole Miller beds are available, along with a line of home storage accessories. And for the first time, Revman Industries, the manufacturer and supplier of the line, unveiled an assortment of coordinating bath accessories and shower curtains as well as bath towels.

"There's a new energy with that line," Norm Savaria, senior vp and general manager of Revman, told HTT.

Revman also unveiled the new Laura Ashley soft window program. A complete line of tiers, panels, valances and sheers is offered under the Laura Ashley brand.

Under the Miller label, Potpourri is done in shades of deep plum and rose and features velvet ribbon embroideries and a sheer flange. Bohemian Rhapsody is constructed from white cotton and is embellished with flowers and lace with contrasting suede and fringe. Modern Whimsy, in soft cream, café au lait and mauve, offers a poly/sateen quilted cover or comforter as well as pleating. Lotus Blossom has an Asian feel and is colored in black with a sheer overlay on sateen and bias floral sheeting. Rounding out the offering is Sheer Bliss, with a floral sheer overlay and watercolor stripe sheeting.

All of the beds are offered as comforter sets with a $339 retail price point for a queen.

All of the bath accessories coordinate with the bedding, offering a lifestyle look. Bohemian Rhapsody, Sheer Bliss and Potpourri are all represented, as is Lotus Blossom, which for the bath has been renamed City Safari.

The coordinating Nicole Miller towels are sized at 30" x 54" and constructed from micro-cotton. They also feature a tri-color woven striae bottom. In addition, City Safari offers a sculpted crocodile towel with a sheer border in the same dimensions. The former is priced at $19.99 at retail, while the latter is $14.99.

The Laura Ashley decorator collection has been supplemented with two beds and has also undergone an upgrade for the coordinate sheets which are now constructed from 400-count cotton sateen.

Bradford is designed around a sophisticated paisley in navy, burgundy, gold and evergreen while Maidstone features floral bouquets in tones of russet and gold on a dark chocolate background.

The Ashley core collection adds Polly, May Garden, Laurel Lane, Montrose and Brooke to its ranks. All revolve around Ashley's signature floral look, with the exception of Brooke.

The Ashley children's line adds four new looks. Fun Fairies, with pink fairies, and Melissa, with flowers and tea cups are for girls, while Outer Space, with planets and astronauts, and Dinosaur, with playful dinosaurs, are for boys.

The P.O.S.H. line, according to the company, is gaining in reputation and "growing quickly." Offered as open stock, new additions include Maximus, with neoclassic designs on a damask striae woven jacquard in ivory and gold, and Bergamo, an intricate paisley in claret, lapis and antique gold.

Bed 2 Go adds five new beds. Fresh Flowers, Flower Vine and Impressions offer simple, clean looks, while Lyon and Lorenzo offers toned down opulence.

Rounding out Revman's new introductions this market is the Echo Home line with four new ensembles. The Asian-influenced Bamboo features raffia decorative pillows and sage bedding, while Pretty Paisley offers a sophisticated paisley in café au lait, cream and ivory. Samantha is adorned with a panel print lace in gold on black, while The New West offers a Southwestern feel in tones of red, black and gray on a cream ground.

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