News covering home textiles executives, merchants, retailers, manufacturers, designers and suppliers
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Williams-Sonoma Inc. brand West Elm has appointed 20-plus year industry veteran Johanna Uurasjarvi as its senior vice president of design, responsible for guiding the division’s overall creative direction across its retail, catalog and online channels. More
Boston – Home furnishings and décor online retailer Wayfair has named Liz Graham as its new vp of sales and service. More
Fayetteville, Ark. – Today marked the end of an era for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as Rob Walton, son of company founder Sam Walton, presided over his last shareholder meeting as chairman. Greg Penner, most recently the company’s vice chairman, succeeds his father-in-law in the chairmanship. More
Pearl River, N.Y. – Custom window fashions manufacturer and marketer Hunter Douglas North America has promoted Ron Kass to ceo, effective July 1. He replaces chairman and current ceo Marv Hopkins, who recently announced his plans to retire as of July 1, after 29 years with the company – the past 20 as chief. More
Boston— Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair has named Jeremy Delinsky as chief technology officer. More
News From The Web
January 21, 2014While I did not get to every one of the nine exhibition halls at Heimtextil earlier this month, I spent a fair amount of time in those devoted to trend, European design, and the major Asian manufacturers. Here's what jumped out at me:A return to quality - Manufacturers said retailers are up-specing product. Did you fall off your chair? Please take a moment to right yourself. Said up-specing revolves around the idea of "affordable luxury" as opposed to true luxury, but it's a sign of growing confidence in consumers' willingness to spend a little more again. Portugal - Who ...
What Works Online
September 6, 2011As we close in on the last quarter of 2011, many of us are preparing our 2012 budgets. This is the time when we all review our online efforts and re-allocate existing resources (money and other resources) to generate a better return on investment. Online advertising faces a double-edged sword. It provides incredible detail on statistics such as email open rates, website traffic, click-through rates, Facebook likes and more. Yet this granular level of reporting generates increased scrutiny. Compound this with a lack of benchmark data in our industry, and it is difficult to manage expectations or gauge program success ...
Home Alone 3
October 18, 2010"It only seems fitting to share with you, as I return, some observations from beyond the land of sheets and towels."They say you can't go home again, but what if you never left home, you were just in a different room?I've rejoined Home Textiles Today after a decade away at one of the other publications in the home furnishings business. I always kept involved in home textiles, but it was in a broader mix of all kinds of home products, from pots and pans to toasters and blenders to couches and credenzas. As such, one gains ...
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