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Cowart Joins Springs team

Springs Industries has named John R. Cowart senior vice president and chief purchasing officer. In this newly created role, Cowart will develop the company's purchasing strategy, implement tactical initiatives to support the strategy and be responsible for supply relationships and spending-reduction goals.

In other news, Springs has signed a licensing agreement with Ginsey Industries for the production of its coordinated printed tub mats. Ginsey is currently partnering with Springs for fashion bath seats and is marketing more than 12 Springs coordinate bath styles.

Henderson Joins Burlington House

Burlington House has appointed Arthur R. Henderson national sales manager. He will manage the sales force for the company's bedding and coordinating window treatments.

Portmeirion Extends License With Trendex

Trendex will debut Seasons, a collection of table linens featuring Portmeirion's recently introduced tabletop pattern, at the home textiles market in October. The company is currently developing kitchen accessories, bedding, decorative pillows and draperies for Seasons, as well as Botanic Garden, which was introduced last April.

D'Angelo and Simonelli to JOIN WAVERLY Lifestyle Group

Waverly announced the appointment of two new team members to its Lifestyles Group. Carolyn A. D'Angelo has been named business manager, Home Fashions, and RoseAnne Simonelli, vice president/general merchandising manager, Waverly Home. In their new roles, D'Angelo will help carry out the strategic plan that will focus on positioning Waverly as a lifestyle brand to national retailers; Simonelli will oversee the operations and merchandising direction of seven existing Waverly Home stores.

GLM's Future Focus '99 At Home Textiles Market

George Little Management will present its Future Focus '99 programs on Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York Home Textiles Show. Seminars this season include The Power of Color (noon-1:30 p.m.) and Retailing ... What's Now! What's Next! For the 21st Century (2:30-3:30 p.m.). Retailers and manufacturers interested in learning about trends, colors, the future of retailing and more should call George Little Management at (914) 421-3297 for details.

Sumersault Lands Laura Ashley License

Sumersault, a Scarsdale, N.Y.-based upscale infant bedding manufacturer, has signed a licensing agreement with Laura Ashley. For the past seven years, the company has produced private-label infant bedding for Laura Ashley's U.S. boutiques and will now manufacture and distribute Laura Ashley infant bedding and accessories to a wide variety of distribution channels. The new line is scheduled to debut at the October JPMA show in Dallas and will feature five crib ensembles (including Laura Ashley's Hey Diddle Diddle and Gingham Check patterns) made of 100 percent cotton fabrics. Sumersault will also expand its line to include receiving blankets, hooded terry towels and bibs under the Laura Ashley license.

Sak Launches Web site and Catalog

To coincide with the home textiles market in October, The Sak plans to launch a Web site and retail catalog, offering home fashion. In other Sak news, The Sak Habitat, a shop-in-shop concept that combines home and fashion, is scheduled to take place in McRae's North Park this November.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
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Date:Sep 27, 1999
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