TDA BOARD ELECTED: The Textile Distributors Association elected a new board of officers at its annual meeting on June 10 at The Village Club in Sands Point, N.Y. John Cavanagh, formerly of Clinton Mills and now with textile consulting firm Textile Resources, has stepped up from his post of president of the TDA to become its new chairman.

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The role of president was filled by Gail Strickler. Strickler, of Saxon Textiles, is the first female president.

George Shtoryn of Schneider Mills is the new executive vice president. Milliken & Co.’s William Gunzel, Pressman Gutman’s James Gutman and Bloomsberg Mills’ James Marion have all taken vice president positions.

TEAMWORK: Celanese Acetate and polyester manufacturer Kosa have joined forces to create Cel-Aire, a polyester-acetate fabric with stretch capabilities. The fabric is lighter than polyester and consists of Kosa’s Stretch Aire polyester filling and a Celanese acetate warp. It can be developed into a satin, twill or plain weave. It will be used primarily for men’s and women’s apparel.

NEW DIRECTION: English Accents, the twice-yearly print and design show, is merging with the Inprints show. The first edition of the combined show, which is to be named Directions, is set for Aug. 5-8 edition of the show. The show is set to run at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, and is expected to feature exhibitors from Britain Italy, Switzerland and the U.S. The show, produced by Lisa Mainardi, is to run concurrently with Printsource, held at the Parsons School of Design.

WOOLITE OFFERS GRANTS: Woolite Fabric Wash is looking to give up-and-coming designers a helping hand. The company recently created a new sponsorship program, called Woolite Fashion Future Grants, to help promising designers gain wider exposure during New York’s spring and fall fashion weeks. Each season, one designer will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used toward a show or presentation during Fashion Week, as well as inclusion in a print and broadcast ad campaign. Candidates for the award will be selected by an advisory committee chaired by Margaret Hayes, president of Fashion Group International. Designers must have worked in fashion for at least one year and not more than five years, and must use some machine or hand-washable fabrics in their garments. “We wanted to make an investment in the future by supporting the next generation of designers,” said Amy Kiss, Woolite brand manager. “We hope the sponsorships will expose them to a wider audience and help them compete.”

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