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July 25, 2012
There are always a lot of really great questions around fabric.
Why does it cost so much? Why does this one look the same and it’s cheaper? What makes this one special? How is this made? Where is this made? What is the difference between all the fabric content?
Fabric seriously gets me geeked. We had fabric house reps in the studio this morning and it’s like admiring the new cars inside the showroom. You find yourself matching new fabrics to clients, tucking away color-ways for your own future chairs and seeing how fabric has changed.
Sadly many mills have left the US. They cannot compete with overseas. Interestingly enough I saw a lot more fabrics from Eastern European countries that had mills eons ago. That makes me happy. The quality…the incredible colors and choices are returning. There was a hiatus for a few years while fabric companies contracted, like the rest of industry and are finding their way. Many have joined forces. The “Celebrity” fabric designer is in full swing. This started a while back, though in the last 10 years has become a staple….Isaac Mizrahi has a line with S Harris, just saw a line for Stark by Sonia Rykiel that is incredible. The designers you have heard of from fun shows like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” ‘s Thom Filicia has a beautiful line with Kravet.
So that all important question of ‘why do some fabrics cost so darn much?’
There are a lot of answers, many that will create a glazed look as you suddenly notice you are hungry. First and foremost is a fabric house is in business to make money. Just like any other large corporate entity, they have people (stockholders) that they are accountable to. So lets take this fabric: a newer one out that I love. It is by Lee Jofa called “Belg