Textile show offerings play to renewed color, heightened performance


HIGH POINT — The fall 2022 Interwoven show was bustling with new textiles and trends as brands focused on refreshed color stories and showcasing sustainability and performance journeys.

‘Ultimate performance’

The fourth-generation family business, Nassimi, launched new patterns in two collections and highlighted its Supreen performance fabric line. Additionally, Nassimi is transitioning its core line to be PFAS free.

Three new patterns debuted in the Resilience TX brand, including Carlise, a coral boucle; Christy, a soft chenille; and Beekman, a clean velvet. Nassimi also added three new fabrics to the Writers Block collection, each named after famous writers: Morrison, Kelton and Bradberry.

“We don’t bring anything to the market until it is fully tested and fully vetted, and we know that it will perform for many years,” said Debbye Lustig, vice president of design, Nassimi. “Stain repellant is not what makes a fabric perform, it’s the 100,000 double runs or more for abrasion, the seam slippage being 40 pounds or more, and superior pilling qualities. Supreen is really where we see the future; it’s the ultimate performance fabric.”

Supreen utilizes a multi-step production method, in which after the polyester fabric is woven to the performance specifications and dyed, it is then purified in a patented process that removes more than 99% of all contaminants. The fabric is then immersed in a silicone solution that embeds a thin layer into the fibers and a performance polyurethane backing is thermo-bonded to the fabric.

The Supreen collection released new menswear-inspired patterns this past summer, offering a classic upholstery option for commercial spaces from healthcare to hospitality alike. The three new wool-like textures are reminiscent of houndstooth, heathered flannel and tweed in more than 54 basic to bold colorways.

Color-filled collections

Crypton introduced its first trend report as a printed piece for buyers visiting its showroom this season. It also showcased its new Wabi Sabi and Lyric collections, as well as additions to its Performance Recycled Cotton collection.

Wabi Sabi is a nod to the storied tradition of blue-and-white porcelain and the concept of juxtaposing the perfect with the imperfect. This idea was embraced by Crypton’s design team as they decided this collection’s patterns and colors, as well as in its eco-friendly details. Wabi Sabi textiles are woven at Crypton Mills at Broad River and are Greenguard gold-certified for sustainability.

Lyric is a colorful collection with traditional patterns inspired by an archive textile, while Crypton’s Performance Recycled Cottons are an ode to honoring the planet with its 50% to 70% usage of cotton from the garment industry that would have otherwise been destined for a landfill.

Also new to the showroom was a dedicated space where Crypton paid homage to its North Carolina mill workers.

“We did a tight offering this show because a lot of our manufacturing partners aren’t putting in a ton of fabrics,” said Elise Gabrielson, vice president of marketing, Crypton. “I think producing and manufacturing collections that offer domestically made products is important right now. And we are always excited about using recycled content and pushing the limit to what performance means.”

Growing sustainability

Valdese Weavers’ showroom dove into color with four new color stories including Rhapsody in Blue, Grass Roots, Gold Standard and The Good Earth. With 250 new introductions this fall, it emphasized performance and sustainability as it introduced Sustain Performance Fabrics Cloud Yarn.

The new yarn is designed to be durable, have a low carbon footprint and is cleanable using soap/water or a diluted bleach solution. The palette is soft and naturally inspired with hues like creams, sand, pale grays, charcoal and chambray.

“We are really excited to highlight our growing sustainable product offerings, especially our Seaqual + InsideOut Performance Fabrics,” said Christy Almond, vice president product development and marketing, Valdese Weavers. “We are committed to growing our sustainable toolbox, so we are offering the most innovative yet beautiful products that minimize the impact on the resources we share.”

Creating unique spaces

Sunbrella also saw a large product drop with 20 new patterns and more than 200 new colors including new engineered pillows. With heavily textured pieces that gathered inspirations from embroidery, menswear and mosaic patterns, Sunbrella warmed up its neutrals with hues of toffee, wheat, honey, taupe and mushroom.

However, greens and blues were still on the table, pairing well with newly introduced colors of terracotta and baked clay.

“We have some transitional looks but also modern because that’s our customer base,” said Grainne Coogan Mahony, designer manager, Sunbrella. “I think a lot of people live now where they have a little bit of this and a little bit of that; it’s not just one lane anymore.”

“There is a lack of attachment to a single trend and more of incorporating different things from all kinds of walks of life that creates a space that’s uniquely your own,” added Sarah Dooley, marketing director, upholstery, Sunbrella.

Volume and value

At Nice Link Home Furnishings, four collections were on tap, offering whimsical and organic styles.

The eco-conscious Nice n Eco collection, originally introduced last year, emphasizes diverse body cloths that mimic the surfaces and colors found in nature. Made using at least 30% recycled fibers by Repreve, each yard of fabric uses nine to 10 plastic bottles, keeping them out of landfills.

Nomadland offers an eclectic combination of patterns with multi-faceted designs and a global aesthetic in rich, saturated colors. Ikat effects, paisleys and classic ottoman designs pay homage to collectible and culturally influenced textiles.

The new Deco Core collection presents colors with a vintage feel, rounded arches and stylized florals with metallic accents to create graphic movement. Repetition of stepped forms and sweeping curves merge elements of decorative arts and modernity.

The Modern Studio collection is of freeform brushstrokes, watercolor effects, color blocking and hard-edge graphics that create imagery inspired by iconic modern art.

Overall, Nice Link introduced 70 fabrics and nearly 600 SKUs for the fall season.

“Right now, we are focused on volume, and we have some incredible value price points. We are selling chenilles at $1.80 a yard,” said Jay Carlson, Nice Link Home Furnishing’s USA president. “We are looking forward to a better economy and a more stable supply chain, as well as a normalization of business.

“Even if business is not great like it has been the past two years from a demand perspective, we want to at least see it be consistent. Consistent business conditions allow us to really match our supply chain to our demand.”

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