Home Accent Fabrics puts spotlight on digital printing
Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, May 21, 2013
Harrison, NY - Home Accent Fabrics is showcasing a collection of new decorative fabrics developed using digital printing technologies at the upcoming Showtime Fabric Market in High Point, N.C., which takes place from June 2-5.
The four-year-old decorative fabric converter is presenting a portfolio of fresh fashions and cutting-edge colorations including prints, stripes, yarn-dyes, woven jacquards and embroidered fabrics, many created using state-of-the-art printing and weaving techniques.
"Digital printing is a four-color process that is allows us to duplicate any form of artwork without worrying about the number of screens that need to be cut or separated," said Ronnie Gold, co-founder and design director for Home Accent Fabrics. "This technology allows us to be more daring in design without the initial costs of screen expense or inventory.
The company's Aurora pattern, for example, suggests a contemporary painting with elongated brushstrokes reminiscent of an ikat print. "Although we can't take credit for inventing this digital technology, we understand how to use it to achieve interesting and innovative effects that previously have not been seen in the decorative fabric industry," said Gold.
Home Accent Fabrics was founded in 2009 by industry veterans Gold and Lee Kabat, a husband-and-wife team with more than five decades of combined experience in the design, logistics and sourcing of decorative fabrics. The company also has warehouse facilities in Charlotte, N.C.
Gold was formerly vice president of design for Bloomcraft and WestPoint Stevens, and has won numerous design awards, including seven Tommy Awards from the American Printed Fabrics Council; the HomeTex Design Award from the Home Fashion Products Association; and Cotton Incorporated's Design Excellent Award.
Kabat served in several executive positions for leading decorative fabric firm P/Kaufmann for 30 years, most recently as corporate vice president. He also was a founder and president of the International Textile Market Association (ITMA) and an originator of Showtime.
"We also are experiencing growth with bedding and home fashion manufacturers, and exploring export opportunities," said Kabat. "The line is designed to provide tight coordination of woven and printed product in four to five on-trend color stories each season. We are not trying to be all things to all people, but rather to present a sharply focused line that offers our customers a point of difference."
The company displays its existing collections on its new Web site, http://www.homeaccentfabrics.com/.
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