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AT THE NEW YORK MARKET -- Croscill Home Fashions has expanded its roster of licensed bath coordinate programs with two additions this market. The company has translated the works of photographer Betsy Cameron, known for her pictures of children and seaside scenes in black and white but colored lightly in pastel shades, and borrowed collector John Grossman’s arsenal of Victorian and Edwardian graphic ephemera into eight collections. The Betsy Cameron collection includes four groups -- Beach Memories, Dogwood, Nautilus and Champagne Poppies. John Grossman’s grouping features images borrowed from his collection of antique paper memorabilia. The four designs are Navigator, Garden Wings, Napa Valley and Ocean Depths.

-- Maples Industries continues to use technology for cotton offerings. This market it is showing two bath rug collections in solid and patterned styles – Cambria and Carolina. They are set to retail between $19.99 and $39.99.

-- ADI -- American Dawn Inc. -- has added several constructions to its bath towel line. They include: sheared cotton viscose terries; bamboo towels from Turkey; two-ply Turkish cotton; velour textures; zero-twist from Pakistan; three-ply bath sheets from India; rayon-cotton jacquards; and jacquards with lace inserts.

-- Home Fashions International’s decorative pillow division is expanding its back-to-school and tweener offerings with a palette of bright hues -- lime, teal, orange, purple, pink -- in various fabrications. The company currently carries 12 designs but expects to grow that count to 40 by February. The line comprises 20-inch squares and large floor cushions. Price points range from $9.99 to $19.99.

-- Creative Bath has expanded its metal bath caddy program with six finishes and designs. Each group comprises five pieces -- pole caddy, tote, shower head caddy, towel holder, bowl brush holder and toilet tissue holder. The company is also adding domestically made step pails for the bath. And the company is expanding housewares with many new items, including vacuum-sealed food storage containers, plastic storage bins, plastic serving sets and other goods.

-- Bardwil Industries continues to build its kitchen textiles program with the addition of three-piece and five-piece sets. The three-piece sets are all jacquard and include one pot holder and two kitchen towels. The five-piece sets include five kitchen towels, available in jacquard or terry fabrications.

-- Capel Inc. is showing a new generation of braided rugs, modernized from the traditional look. Titled Shadow Box, this collection comes in a concentric-braided construction, available in various fabrications. These include cotton chenille, wool blends, poly blends and 100 percent wool. Shadow Box’s palette borrows from the company’s colorways. The concentric-braid construction was also used in a new addition to the company’s Bob Timberlake licensed program. This design is titled Beachcomber and is made in a heavy-weight cotton-and-wool blend.

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