Mancini to guide Home Fabrics at Valdese
Staff Staff -- Home Textiles Today, September 14, 2007
Valdese, N.C. – Home Fabrics, the division of Joan Fabrics that was part of the Valdese Weavers acquisition of Circa 1801/Doblin earlier this year, will be merged with the Wesley Mancini by Valdese Weavers unit.
The new entity will be known as Home Fabrics by Wesley Mancini.
“We are thrilled to be able to help Home Fabrics come back as a factor in the industry,” said Mike Shelton, president and ceo of Valdese. Mancini was the designer for the historic Home Fabrics for about a quarter century and left to join Valdese for a signature line.
“Home Fabrics will again represent the best of Wesley Mancini’s talent, both old and new,” said Shelton. “Our goal is to restore the position in the industry that Home Fabrics once had under the leadership of Don Eng, who remains one of the industry icons I most respect and admire.”
Currently all existing Home Fabrics orders and any service needs will remain within the Circa 1801/Doblin customer service department. All current Wesley Mancini by Wesley Mancini fabrics will still be ordered through the Valdese customer service department. The current Wesley Mancini by Valdese Weavers sales associates will represent the new brand, effective at the December Showtime.
The exact date of the consolidation of the customer service aspects of the two entities will be announced at a later date.