New year, new look for Specialty Fabrics Review

January 1, 2021  |  Editorial

Welcome to the refreshed Specialty Fabrics Review, your source for all the news, trends and technology of the industrial, specialty and advanced textiles industries.  Review’s last major redesign happened in 2008, and what a redesign it was—new name, new cover design, new columns. This time aro…
An unprecedented Expo in an unprecedented year

December 1, 2020  |  Editorial

It’s the day after IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 as I write this editorial—and my feet are blister-free.  That’s not to say that an in-person Expo wouldn’t have been preferable, but under the circumstances, the industry came together in the only way possible for the conversations, networking and e…
The pop-up canvas camper pandemic theory

November 1, 2020  |  Editorial

Following the 2008 economic crash, lipstick was all over the news. According to the “lipstick recession theory,” consumers facing a recession stop making luxury purchases, like jewelry and high-end vehicles, while still allowing for small indulgences, like lipstick.  But the theory doesn’t ho…
Why socializing is essential, even in a pandemic

September 1, 2020  |  Editorial

There has been very little to like about the year 2020. One of the latest disappointments, especially for Review readers, is the cancellation of the in-person IFAI Expo set for November. On top of all the education and new products and networking that industry members look forward to, Expo 2020 was …
For small businesses, the pandemic triggers a season of uncontrolled experiments

August 1, 2020  |  Editorial

If you read any business news, you can’t avoid the headlines ruminating on the long-term effects of the pandemic on industry and the workplace: “How has coronavirus changed consumer spending?” “Will the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate automation?” “Can we just work from home forever?”  T…
A historical perspective to a historic pandemic

July 1, 2020  |  Editorial

What is the biggest professional challenge you’ve overcome? This is one of the standard questions Review asks the subjects of the Perspective cover article. While some responses are unique to an interviewee’s specific circumstances, the most common answer involves seeing a business through the e…
First impressions: Crisis, and hope

June 1, 2020  |  Editorial

I wrote my first editorial for InTents magazine just over ten years ago. The cover of that issue featured a structure installed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics by Karl’s Event Rental (now Arena Americas). Also in that issue, the tent industry was responding to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti…
The work of protecting humans just got more important

May 1, 2020  |  Editorial

Suddenly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has become a hot commodity and an often- heard phrase on the lips of government officials, members of the media and the general public. But IFAI member companies and the textile industry at large have always known that the p…
A happy and productive workforce

April 1, 2020  |  Editorial

The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers. –Sybil F. Stershic Back in my salad days at Lakewood Publications, when I was in my mid-30s I was working with a lot of people in their mid-20s, who liked to as…
Renewable energy: what’s your business plan?

March 1, 2020  |  Editorial

By Galynn Nordstrom Doing some recent reading on entrepreneurship, I came across an article in Forbes magazine, in which the author, Dr. Steven Berglas, gives some tips to budding businesspeople, beginning with: 1. Marry a June Bride (or Be One). He explains that the concept of, or preference for, a…