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SOLSTISS-BUCOL DEAL: The U.S. division of Solstiss, a Caudry, France-based couture lace house, has formed a joint venture with Hermes-owned Bucol, a French mill that produces silk novelties, taffetas, warp prints, duchess satins and brocades.
While Bucol fabrics have been shown in the offices of Solstiss SA’s U.S. subsidiary for about five years, the new venture officially joins Bucol — founded in 1925 in Lyon — to a U.S. company.
“We’re thrilled,” said Francois Damide, president of the newly named Solstiss/Bucol USA. “To be associated with Bucol, which is such a grand name in Europe, is extraordinary.”

TDA PARLEY SET: The Textile Distributors Association announced the program for its upcoming annual meeting, which will run June 13-15 at the Seaview Resort outside Atlantic City, N.J.
Four speakers will address this year’s topic, “How to Survive in 2005.” They are Walter Loeb, president of Loeb Associates; George Jones, president and chief executive officer of the department store group of Saks Inc.; Don Baum, vice president and group manufacturing director at Liz Claiborne Inc., and attorney and trade expert Jonathan Fee, a partner in Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz & Silverman LLP.

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