50 years of protected wilderness

January 1, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson, Wilderness50, Nature’s Best Photography magazine and the Smithsonian Institute asked photographers throughout the nation to define wilderness in pictures—and selected winners are now displayed as large-format prints in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, …

A rocking good time

The Wover, a gigantic woven rocker, was a favorite exhibit at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival in October. Created and installed by a team of volunteers, it was designed with two guiding principles in mind. The first, fittingly, was the theme of the festival, Design in Motion. The second was to juxtapose architectural tectonics with …

Conneaut Leather acquires Cortinal Leathers

Conneaut Leather, a Conneaut, Ohio-based manufacturer of leather, has acquired sister companies Cortina Leathers and DMS Leathers, New York, N.Y., importers of Italian upholstery leathers, to serve the architectural, interior design and commercial end-user markets. Conneaut Leather offers manufacturing capabilities such as large in-stock lines, custom leathers, strikeoffs and special finishes including Crypton™ and cut-to-pattern, …

Investcorp buys Dainese

Investcorp, a London-based global provider of alternative investment products, has acquired the Italian retail firm Dainese S.p.A., which specializes in protective wear for sports such as motorcycling and mountain biking. The acquisition will allow Dainese to focus on driving technological advances in its product line—in particular, the D-Air® system.

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The world of your website

Why it’s important to give your website the careful attention it needs to support the success of your business. All industries experience their share of change. The fabrics industry is no different. From hemp to cotton to microfibers to “smart clothes” that gauge body temperature and GPS locations, the fabrics industry is undergoing a rapid …

Phifer products win MIF approval

More than 30 interior and exterior sun control fabrics from Phifer Inc.,Tuscaloosa, Ala., were awarded a seal of approval from the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) for outstanding product and promotion of sun safe behaviors. All products acknowledged by the MIF must pass a series of rigorous independent tests and demonstrate a high level of effectiveness …

STS signs Sawgrass agreement

Sawgrass Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C., has entered into a long-term license agreement with Boca Raton, Fla.-based STS Refill Technology, under which STS will sell digital inks for sublimation imaging as an authorized Sawgrass licensee. Sawgrass owns a patent portfolio of more than 160 patents issued globally and continues to expand with substantial investment in …

Trelleborg Group purchases Uretek Archer

The Trelleborg Group, Lodi Vecchio, Italy, a producer of engineered polymer-coated fabrics to protect critical systems in aerospace, automotive, recreation and fluid-handling sectors, enhanced its Trelleborg Coated Systems business by acquiring Uretek Archer LLC Group, consisting of Uretek LLC, a specialist in heat-sealable polyurethane-coated fabrics (New Haven, Conn.), and Archer Rubber Company LLC, a manufacturer …

New Safe Reflections facility

Safe Reflections Inc., St. Paul, Minn., will provide its reflective apparel solutions from a new 39,000-square-foot facility in Oakdale, Minn., with a dedicated indoor night demonstration lab where customers can see how clothing designs perform in different light conditions. Safe Reflections’ exclusive glass-bead reflective technology (developed by 3M, located nearby) has led to the company’s …

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Habit forming

The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly. Cleaning and repair of fabric products is a bit like pie-making: It’s an extremely useful skill, and there’s a sizable market for it, but it’s not everyone’s strong suit. Today’s high-performance fabrics are an investment. They have a longer …