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Exhibitors expect better Showtime

HIGH POINT - Buoyed by improvements at recent furniture markets, the International Textile Market Assn.'s Showtime event begins this week with optimistic vendors, plenty of product and several events and parties schedule for the next two days.
     "I've talked to my salespeople who said Showtime's going to be better than last time," said Sinil Eamani, CEO of MDS Fabrics. "The shows have been consistently better," he said, referring to High Point and other furniture markets.
     Catherine Morsell, ITMA's executive director, said this month's rendition of the semiannual exhibition is expected to be busy, and she added that the show has attracted "quite a few returning members who might have been members of the association in years past who've decided to be back and be visible again."
     "We're expecting a strong, positive show once again. We've seen it and felt it the last couple of Showtimes as the momentum has changed and we expect it to continue," she said.
     The Showtime Preview lists 158 exhibitors at this week's fair, and show officials expected about 800 buying companies to be in attendance. Many will be attending activities and events sponsored by the show and participating companies. They include:
     ► The Runway Fashion Show, 6-8 p.m. Monday, in which models take to the catwalk in fashions created from the latest products from sponsoring companies: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics - Sunbrella, High 5, P. Kaufmann, Valdese Weavers and the Victor Group. Outfits and choreography are produced by the Threads student organization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
     ► The Art of Design II will host receptions 3-5 p.m. daily in Suites at Market Square, 1-884, featuring the talent of artists and designers associated with the home furnishings industry as well as local artisans. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
     ► The International Market Centers will host the International Pavilion at Showtime reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Suites at Market Square. Twenty-one new companies from Turkey, Taiwan and China will be welcomed. The IMC also will sponsor Suite Libations from 4-6 p.m. daily at locations through the Suites at Market Square.
     Company events included the De Leo Textiles 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. in the company's showroom on the second floor of the Market Square Textile Tower; and an event sponsored by Valdese following the fashion show, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Market Tower.
     Educational events include "Inspirations for Swarovski Elements: Spring/Summer 2013," presented by Jane Matteson at 10 a.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday; and "Liking, Pinning & Tagging - from A to Z," by Web4Retail on Monday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m., with presenters Sev Ritchie and Denise Keniston. Both events will be on the top floor of Suites at Market Square at the end of the 1-900/1-1000 aisle.

BROOKS

BROOKS
Geneva is a lifestyle fabric interwoven with two shades that create a comfortable, natural feel in 100% polyester, $6.15/yd.

MARCOVALDO
Twilight is a velvet woven on chenille, with a luxurious look with a soft hand, 50% viscose, 50% polyester, $14.95/yd.

MARCOVALDO
CULP

CULP
Bamboozle is a contemporary chenille pattern that features fun and quirky retro motifs and is 100% polyester.

HOME FABRICS
An original creation of Wesley Mancini, Danzella is an ikat damask design on an end/end poly warp with fills of rayon, rayon slub and cotton yarns with a price point of $15.95/yd.

HOME FABRICS
CIRCA 1801

CIRCA 1801
Laziz, a feature pattern in the World Beat collection, has an imperfect hand-embroidered look accent with heavy cotton and rayon yarns in a colorful strie. Content is 84% cotton, 16% rayon and is priced at $39/yd.

MDS
The company is capitalizing on some of the season's hottest color trends with a series of ikats.

MDS
DE LEO

DE LEO
The Okra pattern is dressed in a variety of blue tones from indigo to sky. Content is 28% acrylic, 67% polyester, 5% viscose and is priced at $12.95/yd.

REGAL
This fanciful, colorful owl pattern teams with a fun, curvy multicolor stripe in the Wise Guy pattern, 100% polyester at $13.95/yd. The Woolco pattern in lilac, aqua, butter and leaf are 100% polyester and $6.95/yd.

REGAL
SE7EN

SE7EN
Waterloo is inspired by vintage marbled bookbinder paper and has a painterly quality. It is a cotton rich construction with an end and warp that gives depth, color and texture.

SUNBURY
Urban Walk is Sunbury's signature novelty pattern for the season, inspired by its Design Studio location in the Soho neighborhood of New York City.

SUNBURY
VICTOR

VICTOR
A blend of acrylic and polyester, pattern Magma is a lush pleated chenille fabric with an illustrious hand and graphic dimension.

ROTH & TOMPKINS
The Bridgewater stripe in Lake color is shown with a patterned solid called Hanover that is a multipurpose 100% cotton fabric that is woven in India, $9.95/yd., and solid fabric called Byside, $8.95.

ROTH & TOMPKINS
KIM GRIMSLEY DESIGNS

KIM GRIMSLEY DESIGNS
Kim Grimsley Designs for Gum Tree Fabrics offers Florence, 73% rayon, 27% polyester at $9.95/yd.

DICEY
Fragment is a small geometric wool jacquard of 49% wool, 22% solspun, 20% polyester, 9% nylon, and sells for $15.95/yd.

DICEY
SWAVELLE

SWAVELLE
Broad watercolor brushstrokes lend an air of Parisian flair to the beautiful bloom of Yuyi, 100% polyester priced at $16.95/yd.

MICROFIBRES
Canopy is a classic trellis with fresh modern colors. Velvet embellishments decorate the natural linen base.

MICROFIBRES
TFA

TFA
The Zanotti's dramatic, large-scale design brings new life to the ever popular ikat in 60% rayon, 20% linen, 10% polyester, 10% cotton, $34.95/yd.

RAMTEX
Chunky modern textures, cut velvets, new vinyls and fresh 100% stonewashed linen and embroideries take Ramtex in a new direction. Top to bottom, Ostrich-Silver, $9.95/yd., Maison-Golden, $14.95/yd., Majestic-Antique Gold, $9.95; Berlin-Goldstrike, $6.95, St. Tropez-Golden, $14.95.

RAMTEX
LADY FABRICS

LADY FABRICS
Lady Airo Hand is promoted as a luxe fabric with an ultra-soft touch, part of the company's offering of 100% linen and blends.

VALDESE
Dubai is inspired by an antique paisley shawl with intricate detail and all-over embroidered effect. Content is 66% rayon, 34% poly.

VALDESE
GUM TREE

GUM TREE
Incognito moves in circles and is 100% polyester and priced at $6.95/yd.

BIG KAHUNA
New from Big Kahuna is the vintage design Flag constructed of recycled cotton and made in America.

BIG KAHUNA
ABERCROMBIE

ABERCROMBIE/CONE DECORATIVE
The chair features Abercrombie Textiles'Amalfi. The fabric throws from Cone Decorative are Jete (from left), Plie and Pirouette.

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