Liora Manne to Debut Fabric Line
Carole Sloan -- Home Textiles Today, May 24, 2010
The new decorative fabric collection created by textile and product designer Liora Manne will have its formal debut at Showtime in High Point, N. C. next month.
The company will have a show space in Suites at Market Square in Suite 1-464 featuring more than 22 fabric patterns and solid colors using the designer's patented Lamontage textile design process. Lamontage is a 20-year-old process for rugs and fabrics made with acrylic fibers.The fibers are intricately structured by hand, then mechanically interlocked by needle-punching to create non-woven fabrics that resemble felt. Using nanotechnology, an EPA approved anti-microbial finish is permanently embedded into the fabric – preventing the growth of mildew.
The collection that will be highlighted at Showtime uses a microdenier polyester creating a more drapable and softer fabric – designed for indoor/outdoor use for decorative fabrics, furniture, decorative pillows, upholstery and many other uses, according to Manne.
Industry veteran Tom Byrnes has joined the company as director of marketing and is responsible for building a sales force for the fabric business, Manne said. Byrnes has been a consultant for a number of textile and furniture companies. He earlier held executive positions with Mastercraft Fabrics and P/Kaufmann. He is based in Charlotte, N.C.
The collection will be fulfilled by Trans-Ocean, the 100 year old rug company that built the Lamontage factory in China and distributes the rugs, placemats and pillows.
Fabric prices range from $10 to $30 per yard and will be offered to decorative jobbers, furniture manufacturers, retailers and manufacturers of other textile products.
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