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Revman and Dean Miller bring the beach into the bedroom

Joan Gunin, Michele SanFilippo -- Home Textiles Today, February 23, 2004

In the past, Revman International's new Dean Miller license primarily consisted of print bedding. But now, the company is working to expand its surfer lifestyle look by emphasizing top-of-bed construction, while continuing to update and add to its print ensembles.

According to Revman's Diane Piemonte, vice president of creative services, the plan is to bring the surf lifestyle into the bedroom.

Some of the new non-print patterns include Point Break, High Tide, Surf Shack and Dean Miller Shirt Co.

Inspired by board shorts, Point Break will be made from pieced microfiber and offered in three color combinations. Color-blocked piecing with solids and prints creates a surfboard running up the center of the bed, while laced color-blocked shams continue the apparel detailing. High Tide features washed denim with alternate colored horizontal rows of grommetted twill tape applique with jute fringe. Surf Shack is a panel embroidered duvet set featuring multicolored embroidery on a stone chino ground. Dean Miller Shirt Co. is the first of several new pieced quilts that mix prints and yarn-dyes with denim.

The roster of print patterns that have been designed since fall market includes Pink Crush, Hang Ten, Waikiki, Hawaii, Aloha, Pipeline, Surfers' Paradise, Surf Safari, Sweet Leilani and Endless Summer.

Sweet Leilani, for example, offers a retro color palette and vintage postcard motif. The comforter features a scattering of hula girl postcards and flowers on a soft yellow background that reverses to the same print with a soft blue/aqua ground. Coordinating sheets are patterned with stylized yellow and orange hibiscus flowers on a pale aqua ground. Decorative pillow accents include a novelty square with colorful lei flowers appliqued on white chino, and embroidered hula girls with 3-D jute skirts on a jute body with hand-knotted fringe trim reminiscent of vintage dashboard hula dolls.

Endless Summer is a more contemporary interpretation of the hula girl theme, with its hot pink comforter and lime green floral sheets. The print on the comforter face is a two-tone pink hibiscus background with dancing hula girls. Coordinating sheets feature the same two-tone hibiscus flower pattern in lime greens that are picked up on the reverse of the comforter. Accents include an embroidered/beaded hula girl with embroidered hibiscus on a jute ground square pillow with self-knotted fringe and a lime hibiscus print breakfast pillow with contrast beaded detailing.

All Dean Miller bedding is 100 percent cotton with 250-thread-count sheeting. Ensembles have an assortment of creative decorative pillows.

In addition, Revman is offering basic accessories that can coordinate with any of the ensembles such as a hula bedskirt and bed canopy made of synthetic grass as well as a rustic jute bedskirt with a hand-knotted fringe hem. The hula bedskirt is offered oversized and can be trimmed to fit individual bed heights.

Other pillows that can be layered into the patterns include: a denim breakfast pillow with an embroidered beach scenic, sequin accents and orange fringe trim; a square with alternating rows of appliqued jute fringe on denim; tiki embroidery on denim with jute fringe trim; and an appliqued and embroidered retro style map of the Hawaiian islands with jute fringe.

There are also shaped pillows, such as a surfboard pieced in white chino with hibiscus print, contrast cording and embroidered Dean Miller logo; embroidered/ beaded flip-flops on jute with hand-knotted fringe; a signature silhouette surfer in red chino appliqued on denim with embroidered logo and jute fringe; embroidered woody cars on both corduroy and chino; and embroidered surfboard and palm trees on denim with frayed fringe.

Piemonte added, "Surf and the beach lifestyle are the evolution of what the tropical motif was about a year or two ago, so we think Dean Miller will continue to be well received and make waves among our retail customers. The patterns are a little kitschy, but very fun." She added that the line will also include shower curtains and bath accessories by spring market.

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