SOLSTISS GOES WEST: Solstiss/Groupe Perrin & Fils USA is tapping into the design community on the West Coast with its new showroom in Los Angeles’s CaliforniaMart.
The French mill, producers of couture Leavers lace, will feature selections for the ready-to-wear market with its new 400-square-foot space.
“It is not a huge showroom because we want to start slowly,” said Francois Damide, president of Solstiss/Groupe Perrin & Fils USA, the umbrella company for such fabric firms as Solstiss, Bucol and Les Tissages Perrin.
Damide admitted that he is taking a risk by venturing into Los Angeles — a mecca of junior and contemporary sportswear companies — because fabric prices range from $25 to $800 a yard.
Solstiss has hired John Marshall as sales manager of the Los Angeles showroom. Marshall spent time as a fabric buyer for several companies in Los Angeles, including Parallel, before becoming the assistant showroom sales manager for print fabric manufacturer DMC.
Damide noted that the California business represents about 20 percent of Solstiss’s overall volume of $6.2 million.
TDA ENDORSES IFFE: The Textile Distributors Association said last week it is endorsing New York’s International Fashion Fabric Exhibition.
TDA executive director Bruce Roberts said he chose to endorse the show because it is an important event for TDA members.
Roberts also said the decision by show organizers to group TDA members together in the front of the exhibition floor at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, influenced the endorsement.
“I think that they have strengthened the show by changing the date, which was very significant,” he said. “They have given TDA and its members a very favorable position on the show floor+it’s going to be prominently identified as a TDA area.”
As reported, IFFE recently pushed its dates up from early May to April 2-4.
SHENKAR HONORS LEVINE: The American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel will present Kasper ASL chairman and chief executive officer Arthur S. Levine with its international entrepreneur award at its annual dinner, to be held Apr. 3 at Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel.
Shenkar College, located near Tel Aviv, offers courses in fashion design, textile design and engineering, jewelry design and plastics engineering.
TRADING WITH NEW YORK: Sumikin Bussan Corp., an Osaka, Japan-based textile company, has opened a New York office and showroom to handle all sales and distribution of their textiles and apparel division for the North American market.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the rapid growth of our business with several of New York’s prestigious designer companies,” said Tadaki Kawae, managing director. “We recognized the opportunity in this market and the necessity to have a base here to better service our accounts and grow the business.”
CBI PARLEY SET: The Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service has scheduled an educational conference for Thursday on Caribbean Basin Parity at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, in New York.
Planned speakers include representatives of the U.S. government, Caribbean-region economic attaches and members of trade organizations. Their topics will include legal advice on doing business in the CBI countries and the specifics of what the various nations within the region have to offer the apparel industry.
Rep. Charles Rangel, (D., N.Y.) or a senior member of his staff is expected to give the keynote speech.