HIGH POINT – Textile manufacturers are gearing up for a packed house at the upcoming Interwoven, the biannual trade show of the International Textile Alliance, formerly known as Showtime, taking place in High Point from May 22-25.
“The show has an exciting new name, and based on appointments to our Regal and Kindred showrooms, we expect full attendance, something we haven’t seen since before the pandemic,” said Anne Hood, director of merchandising for Regal Fabrics.
Regal Fabrics is launching six new collections, including a new lush cotton print quality and low-priced blend of body fabrics, marketed with coordinating jacquards, prints, embroidery and velvets.
After two years of limited travel and an increased reliance on technology, there is a vast world waiting to be explored, according to Milliken Textiles.
The company presents its new collection, Discover, at Interwoven. It features fabrics inspired by chunky textures designed to bring the adventures of the world home. The collection includes 202 SKUs of performance fabrics with a PFAS-free water-repellent finish in 23 patterns.
“Consumers are increasingly experimenting with texture by pairing fabrics like flat weaves with bouclés to bring more dimension to a space,” said Greg Voorhis, executive director of design at Sunbrella. “We’re constantly expanding our yarn bank to incorporate innovative new textures that encourage layering techniques like these, which are becoming increasingly popular and can make a space feel vibrant.”
Sunbrella is also seeing an increase in plush ribbed fabrics and corduroy-like textures, an idea that’s emphasized in its Roving pattern, which has a very subtle streak in the ground, as well as the ribbed texture of its Burton pattern.
Sattler Outdura, a division of the Sattler Group, presents its new Virage collection at Interwoven which features solution-dyed acrylic fabrics punctuated with four distinct fabric statements. Virage offers 176 selections of jacquards, textured dobbies and stripes ideal for outdoors or indoors.
“The Outdura Virage collection communicates creativity, courage, success, individuality and the positive changes we have all gone through over the past two years,” said Mariia Elizarova, senior designer at Sattler Corp. for the casual furniture division. “The four fabric statements offer a wide range of base fabrics and accent fabrics, providing designers, retailers and consumers with diverse and well-coordinated color palettes and fabric groupings, while also providing the ability to combine their selections to present their own unique personalized style.”
The four new fabric statements include: Be Bold, which plays with confident yet calm color contrasts with passionate and ambitious shades of brick, gold and brown found in earth, fire and animal prints; Escape, which celebrates the neutral and more subtle colors of nature, building on the idea of escaping from a modern, tech-driven world to a restful and peaceful sanctuary; Digital, vibrant and upbeat, sparking energy and joy while communicating a meaningful positive message through vibrant colors and modern patterns; and Tranquil, which offers modern, minimalist yet refreshing color solutions inspired by patterns found in global waters, from vast oceans to rivers and streams.
Revolution Mills/STI launches its biggest launch in a long time between residential and outdoor products.
“We’ve developed our heaviest loop to date,” said Revolution Mills/STI signature designer Glen Read. “We continue to mix the lines between the exterior and the interior. Looking ahead, we believe performance will be a check mark with textures that can be poolside for years to come.
“We really have a nice synergy between the outdoors and the indoors that has expanded our yarn palette and the offerings we have, which now include 300 SKUs and colors plus strings.”
Global Patterns, Natural Influences
When it comes to global influence, Covington introduces a new combination of prints, weaves and embroideries inspired by a decades-long resurgence in artistic expression. The company also offers a wide assortment of fabrics and textures, with multicolored textures and sculpted chenilles.
Some key designs include Wow, a digital print inspired by the retro “pop” style of the 1980s Memphis design movement; Flourish, a floral print damask with a William Morris influence; and Bickleigh, a tone-on-tone printed design that can be made from 75% cotton and 25% linen, which adds surface interest to the sophistication of the pattern.
“This season, Richloom’s Platinum Collection is inspired by our collective desire to seek comfort and inspiration from nature,” said Sara Thomas, Marketing Director of Richloom. “In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous children’s book Secret Garden, a spoiled young orphan is sent to a mansion in the English countryside, where her discovery and rebirth of a secret garden triggers her transformation into a happy, compassionate, happy soul. . .”
Thomas said the romance that inspires the new collection provides a place of retreat and inspiration where creative seekers open quiet avenues to explore their art and reconnect with the natural world.
Ultrasuede introduces a new geometric pattern most commonly found in cotton or wool fabrications.
Ultrasuede HP’s small-scale twill pattern is created with dye printing using rotating screens. Available in five colourways, the pattern evokes a classic ‘zigzag’ textile weave used in the production of denim garments, suits or the iconic woolen overcoats produced in Scotland.
Sunbrella’s new Interwoven collection offers a fresh palette with fabrics in earth tones and sun-kissed colors that showcase modern graphic geos, artisan and block print-inspired techniques and updated interpretations of stripes classics.
Central to this collection are Roving, a new chenille body fabric, and Ascher, which features a slub yarn and linen texture.
“Our design team seeks inspiration from around the world to create fabrics that go beyond trends and complement all design aesthetics,” said Sunbrella’s Voorhis. “In terms of color, we see a continued preference for earthy hues and sunny shades, as they bring feelings of warmth, familiarity and comfort to a space.
“From traditional botanical prints to updated stripes and block print-inspired patterns, our new collection has been designed to include diverse jacquards in an equally soft and dusty palette while remaining fresh and contemporary.”
The environment in mind
Composed of a combination of recycled polyester, recycled acrylic and virgin acrylic, Sunbrella ReFlections by Richard Frinier will be presented for the first time at Interwoven.
Sunbrella has also expanded its ReCycle fabric offering and will introduce seven new designs, two of which feature a new bouclé yarn called Lengthen and Enhance. All Sunbrella ReCycle fabrics contain at least 50% recycled polyester and include the company’s non-PFAS Assure technology.
With greens, corals, deep blues and soft neutrals, this collection incorporates a range of colors, textures and patterns that can be layered to enhance any space, according to the company. Like all Sunbrella fabrics, these textiles are designed to perform and manufactured with respect for the environment.
Culp’s new Earth collection features some of the company’s latest introductions of its LiveSmart Evolve recycled fabrics.
“The Earth collection is both elegant and refined, and it invokes the simplistic Scandinavian lifestyle and aesthetic,” according to the company. “The muted, weathered tones of Earth ensure a soothing environment filled with beautiful materials, natural finishes, and clean design. Our durable product keeps furniture and home accessories looking and looking great while helping to deflect plastics landfills, oceans and waterways to create a more sustainable future for all.
To date, the company’s Evolve fabrics have recycled over 86 million water bottles and counting.
Valdese Weavers will have eight new presentations of its eco-friendly InsideOut Performance Fabrics + Seaqual Initiative collection, centered around several sophisticated chenille and bouclé textures. This group also includes a classic cut velvet effect stripe and a graphic mini ladder chair.
The company will also offer a new collection of 20 fabrics using yarns made from recycled T-shirts.
Building on the signature softness, performance capabilities and cutting-edge durable properties of its inaugural launch, Supreen’s new menswear-inspired designs will debut at Interwoven and “offer a fresh yet decidedly classic upholstery option for commercial spaces, from healthcare to hospitality,” according to the company.
The three new wool-inspired textures are reminiscent of men’s suits in houndstooth, heathered flannel and tweed, the patterns combine Supreen’s original and revolutionary liquid barrier and stain resistance with an element of luxury.
“Replicating the regal tones and classic textures often seen in the world of menswear, the new Supreen designs evoke a warm feeling rarely associated with performance fabrics,” said Debbye Lustig, Vice President of Design at Supreen.
“Like any fine costume, we designed these designs with comfort and luxury in mind,” she added. “We wanted the new textures to do more than just feel good, and by pairing bold neutral colorways with the recognizable timelessness of the three wool-like patterns, we were able to strike a balance between modern and traditional design, in a very understated yet eye-catching way.
Neutrals Stay Strong
The new collection of American Leather introduced in this market is called Leather Symphony, which presents a harmonious complexity of leathers.
“This season’s introductions include lightweight finishes that celebrate the natural characteristics of hides, with very elegant color palettes, comfortable textures and the superb hand that our leathers are known for,” said Luisa L. Delmaso, coordinator of the American Leather upholstery leather. “We have created this magnificent range with the intention of meeting all of our customers’ needs, ranging from beautiful premium aniline leathers, specialist looks for accent frames, and all the way to economical options for fabricators to high volume who are looking for quality.”
For its part, Ultrafabrics plans to launch Hush, a curated selection of 14 white and off-white fabrics that “express the full power of this soothing and oft-overlooked neutral,” according to the company.
Hush introduces three new whites to the Lino, Impasto and Montage ranges, while celebrating collections like Brisa, Coast, Promessa and Ultraleather. The new lines balance visual appeal and comfort with flexible functionality, designed to eliminate the fear factor of using this pale shade.
Solutions available for the new fabrics include breathability, outdoor-specific attributes, and ink and stain protection.