ITA ANNOUNCES NEWEST EXHIBITORS AT SHOWTIME®

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Celebrating the 56th textile market, Winter Showtime 2017 is set for December 3-6.  The International Textile Alliance is pleased to welcome eleven new members for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  The companies, which are based throughout the world, represent the growing variety of goods that define the home furnishings industry. The newest members of the ITA include …

ITA Partners with AHFA to Bring Members Enhanced Benefits International Textile Alliance is partnering with American Home Furnishings Alliance to offer additional benefits—such as legislative lobbying and educational opportunities—to its membership. HIGH POINT, N.C. – Expanding its benefits to members, ITA (International Textile Alliance) has formed an alliance with AHFA (American Home Furnishings Alliance), the premier industry organization for home furnishings manufacturers and importers. The new relationship between associations will give ITA members and the textile industry as whole, increased opportunities for legislative representation as well as access to educational programming. “We’re excited to be bringing our members new benefits through this relationship with AHFA,” said Catherine Morsell, executive director of ITA. “Our membership will truly benefit from AHFA’s legislative representation and educational resources. AHFA’s webcasts, technical seminars and professional development programs are valuable member benefits we plan to extend to our membership. This is the beginning of what we believe will be a long-term reciprocal relationship that will benefit members of both organizations.” “Our industry has always benefited when its business sectors communicate, network and partner on issues that advance our common interests. AHFA looks forward to cultivating this new relationship with ITA and its members as we seek to further support the mission of both organizations,” said Andy Counts, AHFA CEO. For more information, contact Catherine Morsell of International Textile Alliance at catherine@internationaltextilealliance.org or Andy Counts of American Home Furnishings Alliance at acounts@ahfa.us. # # # Formed in 1990 to advance the textile industries through the promotion of education, networking and collaboration year-round, ITA hosts the bi-annual ITA Showtime Market and directs the ITA Educational Foundation. The non-profit, member-driven organization is based in High Point, North Carolina and is supported by leading companies across the industry. For more information, visit www.InternationalTextileAlliance.org. The American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Point, N.C., represents more than 230 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, plus about 150 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide. AHFA serves as the industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C., on all legislative and regulatory matters and leads the development of voluntary environmental, product safety and construction standards for home furnishings products.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Expanding its benefits to members, ITA (International Textile Alliance) has formed an alliance with AHFA (American Home Furnishings Alliance), the premier industry organization for home furnishings manufacturers and importers. The new relationship between associations will give ITA members and the textile industry as whole, increased opportunities for legislative representation as well as access to educational programming. …

Allison Hocker Joins JLA Home Fabrics

High Point, NC – Allison Hocker has joined JLA Home fabrics as Director of Design and Product Development. She will work alongside current Director of Design, Alana Hernandez. Formerly of Seven Textiles, Hocker brings 22 years of design experience in the textile Industry to JLA. Mrs. Hocker will be responsible for new product development, product sourcing and merchandising. “The addition …

ITA Names Fashion Snoops as its Official Trend Forecasting Agency

HIGH POINT, N.C. – ITA is partnering with global creative agency Fashion Snoops to bring high-quality trend forecasting information and resources to it members. The new relationship will provide ITA members with greater access to the timeliest directional information for the home industries. Exclusive trend forecasts will appear in the bi-annual issues of Showtime® magazine and Fashion Snoops will present …

Inaugural ITA Design Symposium Held at Jefferson University

HIGH POINT, N.C. – On October 5-6, ITA held its inaugural Design Symposium at the newly opened ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In addition to a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the studio, the event included two days of educational presentations led by textile industry leaders. Developed by ITA’s Educational Foundation to support the …

Federal Flammability Act Proposed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, November 2, Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act, legislation that would require the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 as a federal flammability standard. “I was pleased to introduce this legislation creating a clear federal standard on furniture flammability,” Griffith said. “If enacted, furniture …

American Silk Mills Purchased by Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd.

HIGH POINT, NC, October 18, 2017 — American Silk Mills announced today at High Point Market, that its design, sales and distribution business is being purchased by Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd (STIL) of Mumbai, India, thus adding this leading boutique designer and distributor of residential and contract textiles to Sutlej’s brand portfolio. Following the transaction, American Silk Mills will …

ITA Educational Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Jefferson University

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 25, 2017 – As part of its ongoing vision to support the growth of the textile industry through education, ITA is donating $100,000 to Jefferson University (the newly named institution resulting from the merging of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University). A gift from ITA’s Educational Foundation, the donation will be recognized by the university at …

ITA Welcomes New Board Members

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 20, 2017 – Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales, Inc. and Katherine Shoaf of STI have joined the 11-member Board of Directors of the International Textile Alliance, producers of the semiannual Showtime Market and governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation. Mendy began her textile career in 2012 when hired to transition into the management of …

ITA Showtime Supports High Point Stadium Project

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 19, 2017 – The International Textile Alliance (ITA), producers of Showtime, unanimously passed a resolution supporting the High Point Stadium Project. ITA Showtime is the largest home textiles show in the United States and is held in downtown High Point each June and December. It attracts approximately 3,600 to our area and is the third largest …