A NEW PRESTIGE: Marc Fishman, former president of Crantex and Millworth Fabrics divisions of Cranston Print Works Co., has formed his own print converting company, Prestige Fabrics.
The company, located at 70 West 36th St., New York, is offering pigment and heat transfer printed apparel fabrics in blends of polyester and cotton interlocks, jerseys and thermal fabrics, which are aimed primarily at the children’s wear market. Shipments slated for December and January.
“For the first line, we are executing about 20 different patterns,” said Fishman, who said the company is working with three New Jersey print plants. “In addition to the children’s business, we are also going to be doing private label work in the western wear market, which will probably make up 25 percent of our business.”
Fishman said he would like to see annual sales eventually hit “the $15 million range, but in the first year, we are looking at between $7 million and $9 million.
TOMMY AWARDS HIT 20: The 20th Tommy Awards and dinner-dance, sponsored by the American Printed Fabrics Council, will be held Nov. 29 at the New York Marriott Marquis here. Another “The Prints of Broadway” musical comedy presentation is planned for the evening. Special Tommy Awards for recognition and commitment to American printed fabrics will be presented to David C. Moon, senior vice president merchandise, Spiegel Inc.; Robert E. Conradi, vice president merchandise, Spiegel Inc.; Fred Richman, chairman of Richloom Fabrics Group, and Edward Rosen, president of Rare Editions, a manufacturer of children’s and preteens’ apparel. Tommys will go to winners in 17 categories, including women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, accessories, over-the-counter crafts, home decorative fabrics, sheets and bedding.
WEISSMAN SAYS GOODBY: Marvin Weissman, a textile executive whose career spanned three companies — Acadia Fabrics, Bretmar Fabrics and Lida Inc. — and nearly five decades, is giving up his swatch books.
About 150 of his present and former associates and customers — along with a handful of former competitors — turned out at a party thrown by Lida at New York’s Butler’s Restaurant to bid farewell to the 74-year-old Weissman, who most recently has been a sales manager for Lida.
Weissman sold his first piece of fabric in 1946, when he joined Acadia as a sales trainee. He subsequently left Acadia in 1971 — when as president and chief executive officer — he sold the firm.
He then joined Bretmar Fabrics and was its national sales manager from 1972 to mid-1978. For the past 16 years, he’s been with Lida.
Weissman has the distinction of making Lida’s first-ever sale of a Lycra spandex-containing fabric in 1982 to the former Capri Beachwear’s Colony Swimwear label. The deal with Capri was made on a golf course, Weissman recalled. “I was playing golf with [former Colony president] Herb Poster, who told me he was afraid their supplier at the time was not a healthy one,” said Weissman, who sports a 17 handicap. “So, in between nines, I called Isaac [Kier, Lida’s president and chief executive officer], who then looked into it and booked the order.”