New online resource Mercato Place offers a curated option of textiles for designers and others.
ZEELAND, Mich. – Mercato Place, a new resource for designers and others to order free textile samples, explore materials and trends, and search easy-to-use resource libraries, has launched online.
“We’re thrilled to unveil Mercato Place – which is designed to be the simplest, most environmentally friendly solution for discovering current, high-quality samples from leading textile brands,” said Ray Sayers, Mercato Place founder and president.
“Our platform is not just a place to work, it’s a community,” he added. “Here, our partner brands can express their unique personalities with reciprocal links and content. Users will find Mercato Place to be different from existing sampling sources. Designers won’t get lost in a clutter of products; instead, they’ll be in a curated space created especially for them.”
Sayers said he developed Mercato Place for those who make or distribute textiles including interior designers, architects, and purchasing managers.
The platform is free to interior designers and those looking to specify materials. Upon selection, ordering samples is simple and offers users a variety of choices when it comes to delivery.
“For our partners, our goal is a sampling solution that amplifies their brand and better connects them to designers while costing less,” said Alison Goldman, Mercato Place executive vice president. “The estimated savings will enable them to invest more into their own new product development.”
Initially, samples for acoustic materials, coated fabrics, drapery, leather, outdoor materials, panel fabrics, performance fabrics, privacy curtains, sheers, upholstery, velvet and wall coverings will be available on Mercato Place.
The company is exploring adding additional materials, including carpet samples. As partner brands launch new materials, Mercato Place will rapidly make the associated samples available on the platform.
The catalog of partner brands currently includes: Designtex, Mayer Fabrics, Arc-Com, Momentum, Kravet Contract, Valley Forge Fabrics, Fil Doux, Camira, Luna, HBF Textiles and Fabric Innovations.
The sample takeback program from Mercato Place includes a prepaid shipping label, making returns simple and free for the customer, according to Sayers. Once returned, samples are processed and sorted; those that are in good condition will return to the sample library while others will be recycled responsibly, according to the company.