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Nautica Home pushes themed intros

Nautica Home jumped into the 2003 winter market with both feet, introducing four bedding collections, four duvets, a variety of coordinating soft window coverings and new bathroom accessory collections.

The Nautica Home collection is a licensed program supplied by San Francisco-based American Pacific Home.

Ivory Coast sports a distinct African flavor, thanks to its burlap look, silk noil construction, available in either a duvet or comforter. Presented as part of Nautica's high-end Stateroom collection, the bed is highly textured. The coordinating 310-count cotton sateen sheets feature a tonal zebra print. A full/queen duvet carries a retail price point of $200, while a comforter of the same size is available for $270. August shipping dates are expected.

Taking its style from the rugged mountains, Adirondack is part of Nautica's opening-price-point Crew line. The top-of-bed features a printed herringbone corduroy on the comforter or duvet, while suede accents are apparent throughout the ensemble. Chunky knit decorative pillows, a bedskirt in either suede or corduroy and 210-count yarn-dyed hombre plaid sheets complete the look. A full queen duvet is available for $174 and a comforter of the same size for $240. A June shipping date is planned.

Kensington, also for Crew, utilizes a men's shirting look combined with a paisley in both grays and purples. Two sheets are available: a 210-count yarn-dyed purple and gray and a 310-count printed paisley. A full/queen duvet is priced at $174 a comforter at $200 and a July shipping date is planned.

Getting a huge jump on the spring 2004 market is Radcliff, which Nautica Home is offering for preview now. A sister pattern to the popular Cambridge ensemble, Radcliff utilizes a herringbone quilt, in addition to its duvet cover, which reverses to dyed-to-match sheeting. An oxford-stripe sheet completes the look. Prices have not yet been set.

Coordinating soft window treatments are available for each of the ensembles.

For its independent duvet line, Nautica Home unveiled four looks: Mariners Corduroy, J-Class Colorblock, Quilted Nylon and Microfiber. All of the new duvets are offered with a $134 retail price tag and will ship in July.

Mariners Corduroy features an updated color palette of sand, luggage, slate and sage from its original palette of navy, olive and khaki several seasons ago. The four new colors all coordinate back to the originals.

J-Class Colorblock, in navy, khaki, white and red, features the signature Nautica look with primary colors, extensive piecing, button details and khaki stitching.

Quilted Nylon features a windowpane construction with doubletop stitching and diamond quilting on the coordinating European shams. Paprika, khaki, ivory and navy are all available.

Microfiber combines a peached cotton/ polyester blend with a very soft color palette of seafoam, green tea, ivory and mushroom. Functional straps and d-rings complete the look.

Among Nautica Home new window offerings are Ottoman Rib, Cavalry Twill, Melange Doubleweave and Twill, each available in several colors.

Two shower curtains are available for Ivory Coast — a printed Kubo cloth and an embroidered ivory linen, each priced at $54. Several different accessories are available including a genuine horn, printed alligator look and cane with leather trim. Two shower curtains are also available for Adirondack, a windowpane twill and a tattersall, also with $54 price points.

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