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Zales in converter start-up

NEW YORK — Veteran decorative fabrics executive Bill Zales has formed Interiortex LLC, a converter of decorative fabrics.

The company has acquired some of the assets of Clark Holdings, now defunct, with assets that included the archives of the former Cyrus Clark Inc. Interiortex has acquired the rights to some 69 of those designs, Zales said as well as all of the inventory of the prior company.

Zales, who is operating head of the company, and investors including Donna Cerniglia, and Stephen Osman, is based temporarily in the former Clark showroom at 267 Fifth Avenue here. The warehouse is the former Cyrus Clark facility in Gaffney, SC.

In addition to the Cyrus Clark designs, Interiortex' line includes silk prints, overprints, and its Tuscany collection, Zales said. Egle Richter, who was the design director for Clark Holdings, has the same position in Interiortex.

Zales has retained four of the Clark Holdings sales reps: Ken Ryan for the Midwest; Lydia Vandervoort for the mid-Atlantic states, Michael Pagano for New England and Brandt Sales for the southwest.

Interiortex also has formed a global alliance with Netherlands-based Texoprint, a converter of upper-end printed fabrics, Zales said. The company will be Texoprint's North American sales agent, and Texoprint will represent Interiortex on an export basis.

Before forming Interiortex, Zales headed Clark Holdings, and earlier was affiliated with Concord Home, one-time unit of Concord Fabrics. He was a principal of former fabric converter Fabriyaz and prior to that was with P/Kaufmann.

Waverly taps Leahy for fabrics

NEW YORK — Tom Leahy has joined Waverly Lifestyle Group as vp, fabric.

Leahy, who reports to Dale Williams, president and general manager, Waverly Lifestyle Group, succeeds Arthur Friedman, who has left the company.

He is responsible for fabric sales to independent retailers, manufacturers, jobbers, furniture, export and Canada. Formerly vp, sales for Cranston Consumer Products, a division of Cranston Print Works, he earlier was president of the company's Cranston Home Fashions. He also served as vp, sales for the home decorative market for Cranston's VIP Fabrics.

Williams remarked Leahy brings more than 25 years experience in the home furnishings industry with "extensive sales and converting expertise that will be a key factor to growing the Waverly fabric business."

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