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SOVEREIGN FLEECE: Aiming to establish a presence in the U.S. market, Dawson Fur Fabrics, Europe's largest sliver knit pile and fleece fabric manufacturer, has established a U.S. sales agent, Sovereign Textiles Inc.
Dawson is a subsidiary of Dawson International PLC.
Sovereign, an independently owned firm, will be the exclusive U.S. distributors of Dawson fabrics and will market only Dawson products.
Sovereign, which has set up an office in Newport Beach, Calif., will open a New York unit before the end of the month, said Jay Ochser, Sovereign's California director. Al Schneider, a long-time sales executive, will head the company's New York efforts.
Dawson, based at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, produces more than 5 million yards of pile and fleece fabric per year and 1.5 million yards of velvet, primarily used in home furnishings applications. Dawson's 1994 sales were about $175 million.
Sovereign will unveil the entire Dawson collection at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, which opens April 24 at the California Mart.

TANDLER'S NEW VP: In a restructuring move at Tandler Textile Inc., the fabric converter has named Laurel Wayne vice president. It is a new post.
In a related move, Robert Bouer has joined Tandler as print stylist.
Wayne, who joined Tandler in 1983 from Candlewood Fabrics, had been a print stylist and will now handle overall product merchandising and business strategies, said Martin Tandler, president.
Bouer, who spent the past three years with Omega Fabrics, is responsible for print merchandising.

FIBERS AND MOM: The textile industry was well represented Thursday at the 1995 Outstanding Mother Awards luncheon, held at the Sheraton New York Hotel.
The honorees were First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; Donna Hanover Giuliani, wife of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.); WNBC-TV news anchor Jane Hanson, and Carolyn McCarthy, widow of Dennis McCarthy, who was a victim in the December 1993 Long Island Railroad shootings. They were cited by the National Mother's Day Committee as reflecting the active role of contemporary mothers.
Among representatives from the textile industry were J. Nicholas Hahn, chief executive officer of Cotton Incorporated; Ira Livingston, Cotton Inc.'s senior vice president, marketing implementation, and Robert Kaplan, president, Greenwood Denim.

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