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Glen Raven names Marcia Blake merch manager for custom fabrics

Retail Editor 5 -- Home Textiles Today, September 14, 2012

Glen Raven, N.C. - Glen Raven has hired Marica Blake as custom fabrics merchandise manager, a new position created to promote the outdoor room concept at retail.
Her career includes roles as the manager and buyer for Patio Furniture & Collectibles for Roger's Gardens; president and creative director of Outdoor Interiors, a design firm specializing in outdoor environments; and a design consultant for O.W. Lee, a manufacturer of casual furniture. Blake's own collection, Outdoor Couture by Marcia Blake, consists of throw pillows, outdoor drapes and tableware.
For the past two years, Blake helped Glen Raven develop its Sunbrella fabric kiosk program and promoted retractable Solair awnings.
At Glen Raven, Blake will work with retailers of outdoor living products on in-store merchandising.
"As a highly talented outdoor living specialist, Marcia has become a valued member of our decorative fabrics team, and we look forward to even greater contributions in her expanded role," said Suzie Roberts, vice president and business manager for decorative fabrics for Glen Raven. "The outdoor room concept is a leading trend in home décor and a tremendous opportunity for our retail partners. Marcia will play a central role in providing information, training and consultation for retailers."
Blake, who will remain based in California, will report to Roberts.

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