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TEXTILE BRIEFS.

A Doll's House

Goodwin Weavers, a division of Crown Crafts, has signed a licensing agreement with Mattel to create a line of home decor accessories based on fashion icon Barbie. Goodwin will introduce three Barbie throws, followed by decorative pillows, bed pulls and wall hangings.

The collection is highlighted by a 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Barbie chenille tapestry throw that marks the doll's birthday in 1959. Only 2,500 are to be produced, in special packaging with a certificate of authenticity.

Tommy Time

Steve Raish, president of the Home and Leisure division of J.C. Penney, will be honored at the 25th Annual Tommy Awards gala dinner dance and ceremony on Oct. 15, 1999, at the Pierre Hotel in New York. The Tommys recognize achievement in the printed fabrics industry.

Trading Places

Quaker Fabric Corp. was one of the first stops on U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley's National Trade Education tour, which is part of a campaign to build a national consensus on the importance of trade to American life and economics.

Daley toured Quaker's Fall River, Mass., facilities in May and hosted a discussion of international trade issues with Quaker employees and guests. He was accompanied by Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Larry Liebenow, president and chief executive of Quaker.

Liebenow noted that in 1998, about 20 percent of Quaker's revenue came from sales made in 45 foreign nations and that the company maintains a distribution center and two sales offices in Mexico.

Daley pointed to Quaker's international strategy as a model for others. "If you at Quaker can do what you have done, there is no reason why other companies can't do it. Our goal is to see a lot more Quakers in this area and all around the nation."

High-end Agreement

Fredda Brennan, a designer of printed textiles and scarf designs for the high-end home interior and apparel markets, has signed a management agreement with PM Design Group, Bethlehem, Pa.

PM Design will manage and market the licensing and merchandising of Fredda Brennan designs for the gift, stationery and home interior markets.

Systems Upgrade

Monarch Design Systems has unveiled Pointcarre 6.0, the latest upgrade to its popular graphic textiles design and software package.

Pointcarre 6.0 offers a broad range of functions in its design package, including Sketching; Textile Prints and Knits; Stripes and Plaids; Storyboards; Sales/Merchandising Materials; Colorway Samples; Fabric Simulations; and Automating Design. New features include additional repeat modes, including reverse half-drop; personalized palettes; new text tool functions; the ability to pick up color from a design for any tool; expanded file format support; and interfaces to control additional looms.

Monarch has also introduced KnitWorks, knit design and manufacturing software for Windows. KnitWorks simplifies development of knit jacquard, textured and automatic striped fabrics, and interfaces directly with most makes of knitting machines.

Cotton Inc.'s woven Fabrics For Home

Continuing its quest to further fabrics for the home, Cotton Inc. has created five new groupings of 100 percent cotton and cotton-rich woven fabrics.

The development team came up with fabrications that will be used for a variety of home furnishings categories, including top-of-the-bed, sheeting, tablecloths, window treatments and upholstery.

Each of the groupings offers unique fabrications that could appear next year.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Jun 28, 1999
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