LACE AND EMBROIDERY: THE TOP SUPPLIERS

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Following is another in the WWD series of textile industrydirectories. This one ranks top lace and embroidery suppliers, by volume. Sales for public companies are for the firm's most recent fiscal year. For privately held firms, sales figures are arrived at through discussions with company principals, or, when marked with an asterisk, through discussions with industry analysts and/or market observers. For diversified companies, the volume figure listed is for intimate apparel fabrics and/or laces, unless otherwise noted.

Liberty Fabrics, Desseilles America and Galler Laces, divisions of Courtaulds Textiles PLC, London

Liberty Lace
295 Fifth Ave.
New York 10016
Phone: (212) 684-3100
Fax: (212) 683-8093

Desseilles America
295 Fifth Ave.
New York 10016
Phone: (212) 561-7190
FAX: (212) 561-7190

Galler Lace
183 Madison Ave.
New York 10016
Phone: (212) 684-0177
FAX: (212) 779-8960
Matthew Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Liberty Fabrics
Bob Epstein, president and chief operating officer, Liberty Lace
Ronald Carroll, managing director, Desseilles America
Edward Meyer, managing director, Galler
Sales: $60 million plus (three companies' combined sales)*
(Key products: Stretch and rigid allovers and bands for intimate apparel, including jacquatronic, textronic and leavers (Liberty); Fascination, a collection of embroidered-look laces (Desseilles), and stretch, rigid, textronic, jaquatronic and raschel laces (Galler). Primary fibers include cotton, polyester, blends of polyester and cotton, acetate, spandex, nylon and rayon.
Manufacturing facilities: Orange, Va., and North Bergen, N.J. (Liberty); Orange, Va., Gordonsville, Va., and Calais, France (Desseilles), and Gordonsville, Va., Orange, Va., Barcelona, Spain, Portugal and the Far East (Galler).

Raval Laces, a division of Fab Industries
200 Madison Ave.
New York 10016
Phone: (212) 592-2700
Fax: (212) 689-6929
Samson Bitensky, chairman and president
Susan B. Lerner, vice president, Raval Lace
Paul Dratch, vice president, division 40, designer laces
Richard Gross, vice president, division 41, raschel laces.
Sales: $40 million* (total Fab sales were $190 million for the fiscal year ended Dec. 3, 1994).
Key products: Raschel and rigid laces (division 41), and designer laces (division 40). Primary fibers include polyester, nylon and Lycra spandex.
Manufacturing facilities: Lincolnton, N.C.

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