Valdese Launches V.I.P. Division
December 15, 2005,
VALDESE, N.C. – Valdese Weavers is launching a new business, Valdese International Products (V.I.P.), a two-pronged effort: one that is focused on designing and developing fabrics to be sourced off-shore; the other, an imported piece goods program featuring all-silk fabrics.
The import piece goods program, Silk Road, will initially offer two styles, Charmeuse and Copland, to complement Valdese core offerings. Charmeuse in 36 colors is a heavy weight Dupioni at 105 grams/square meter, available by the roll in 50- to 60-yard pieces, as a cut yardage program with a surcharge, and with a knit backing at a surcharge. Copland is an up-the-roll stripe featuring a lustrous satin stripe against a matte ground. In six colors, it also is offered in the same ways as Charmeuse. By the piece, Charmeuse is $8.95, Copland is $16.95.
Joel Crisp, director of global operations, is in charge of the program; Mark Moss, international product manager, will interface with the quality and supply chain agency in China.
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