Belgian Linen… As Seen At NY NOW

The recent NY Now show in New York’s Jacob Javits Center ushered in February competing with the Superbowl and New York City’s first snowstorm of the season, but the show went on undaunted and we are so glad it did. It was great to see Belgian Linen so proudly represented by companies like The Artist’s Table; K Studio; Rule of Three; John Derian; Eselle Collection; Julian Chichester; Two Girls in Avignon; V Rugs & Home and so many others. Libeco Home was on hand to present their new collections, and they were stunning. Here are some photos of what we got to see.

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Left, the Sag Harbor Stripe Bed; Right, Heritage White bed, with arrow-stitched accented shams.

 

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Left Table: Long Island with Sisco Catchall Napkins;          Right Table: Sag Harbor Table

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Amagansett Scarves and Sag Harbor Cosmetic Bag Sets

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The Artist’s Table looked great for their showing at NY Now.

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K Studio

We always like to see the new product that K Studio has created – beautiful in their quirkiness.

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Rule of Three

It’s always exciting to see the new designs from Rule of Three.

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We loved seeing the diversity in the use and design of Belgian Linen – amazing prints and beautiful product. We hope you’re as impressed as we were. This was just a very small taste; be sure to visit the Libeco Home website, and those mentioned here for more designs and inspiration. Join our conversation about Belgian Linen with #BelgianLinen.

The Belgian Linentm Shield and Trademark was created around 1960 to promote high quality linen. It is exclusively available for for those fabrics/trimming which are woven in Belgium. It is a guarantee that the fabrics you are buying are woven in Belgium and have passed stringent quality tests.

 

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Guildery is Featured in the Belgian Linen Exhibit at High Point Furniture Market.

The Belgian Linentm Exhibit returns at this Fall’s High Point Furniture Market. The exhibit, created to feature the quality, beauty and versatility of Belgian Linentm is a must see for visitors to the show. We’re excited to see that Guildery, a fresh new purveyor, is featured in the exhibit.

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Guildery is a new online service created to make it easy to finish a room with color-coordinated fabrics. The company curates exclusive textile designs from leading artists and interior designers, such as Bridgid Coulter, Chris Barrett, and Maria Suarez, then produces textiles and finished goods on-demand using top quality, Belgian Linentm. Buyers can visualize and share a look before purchasing it by dragging-and-dropping the fabric-covered items (e.g., pillows, ottomans, drapery, and lampshades) on a look board. Guildery actively licenses new textile designs and officers customization programs to retailers and the design trade.

IMG_00000480 (2) IMG_00000478 (3) The expansion into customizable fabric collections marks a pivotal innovation for Guildery, a technology company with aims to reinvent the way printed fabrics are produced and distributed. “Our goal is to make purchasing color-coordinated fabrics and upholstered items accessible and fun,” say Guildery co-CEO, Shane Reilly. “With our Custom Collections program, we are able to serve the needs of buyers who demand designer-level quality, style, and customization options.” The Guildery Custom Collections program will launch at this High Point Furniture Market.

Click the link for more information about Guildery, their products, and the Custom Collections program.

Please be sure to stop by the Belgian Linentm Exhibit, located in the SALON area of Suites at Market Square, space G-7043, if you’re at High Point Furniture Market. We invite you to join the conversation about Belgian Linentm by posting your pictures or comments using #BelgianLinen and #HpMkt.

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The Belgian Linentm Trademark was created around 1960 to promote high quality linen produced by the Belgian Linentm Weaving Industry. The Belgian Linentm Trademark is exclusively available for those fabrics/trimmings which are woven in Belgium. It is a guarantee that the fabrics you are buying are woven and also bleached or dyed in Belgium, and have passed rigorous quality tests.

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Ankasa Featured in the Belgian Linen Exhibit at High Point Furniture Market

The Belgian Linentm Exhibit features companies who proudly use Belgian Linentm in their product lines, and tell the quality story and history behind their choice of materials. We are proud and excited to see Ankasa featured in the exhibit at this High Point Furniture Market. Their use of Belgian Linentm in their beautiful and extensive product line shows off the quality and versatility of this fabric

 

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Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia

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Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia have been a sought after design team in the fashion industry for more than a decade. They are responsible for much of the couture hand embroideries and unique textiles utilized by some of the industry’s most esteemed fashion houses.

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Visionaries in the field of textiles, the couple introduced their successful Ankasa home brand with the mantra that luxurious fashion forward textiles could translate to any design aesthetic. Sachin and Babi have successfully translated their vision of modern luxury into the Ankasa lifestyle brand that is accessible for today’s design savvy customer. Their two Manhattan stores are located on Madison Avenue (in Midtown) and in Soho, host and array of exclusive products including pillows, bedding, furniture, lighting , wall art and accessories.

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Click the link for more information about Ankasa and their products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be sure to stop by the Belgian Linentm Exhibit, located in the SALON area of Suites at Market Square, space G-7043, if you’re at High Point Furniture Market. We invite you to join the conversation about Belgian Linentm by posting your pictures or comments using #BelgianLinen and #HpMkt.

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The Belgian Linentm Shield and Trademark was created around 1960 to promote high quality linen. It is exclusively available for for those fabrics/trimming which are woven in Belgium. It is a guarantee that the fabrics you are buying are woven in Belgium and have passed stringent quality tests.

 

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As seen at the show…

We are launching our new feature “As seen at the show…” as a way of showing those products we see at shows that inspire us. New York City’s Jacob Javits Center buzzed last week as the NY NOW gift show was in full swing. There were thousands of companies on hand to display their products, and we were excited to see so many companies who use Belgian Linen in their lines. Here are some that stood out for us.

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Libeco Home displayed their new fall collections: Surry Hills; Grain Hall; Brick Lane; and Granville in tabletop, bedding and accessories.

 

Libeco Home's new collections Surry Hills (left) and Grain Hall

Libeco Home’s new collections Surry Hills (left) and Grain Hall

The bed is dressed with the Brick Lane floral pattern; the Grain Hall coverlet and shams; and the Heritage Flax organic bedding; and Grain hall striped pillow shams

The bed is dressed with the Brick Lane floral pattern; the Grain Hall coverlet and shams; and the Heritage Flax organic bedding; and Grain hall striped pillow shams

Libeco displays their new gift items for Holiday 2014.

Libeco displays their new gift items for Holiday 2014.

Click here for more information about Libeco Home products.

 

Ankasa

Ankasa is a master of beautiful embroidery on Belgian Linen. We love their work.

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Click here for more information about Ankasa International.

 

Design Legacy

The folks at Design Legacy are doing very interesting things with Belgian Linen. After creative beautiful abstract artwork, they use Belgian Linen to make pillows that coordinate in color and pattern.

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Visit Design Legacy on their Facebook page.

K Studio

The ladies of K Studio have increased their product line of stitched Belgian Linen, introducing more color and some ceramics.

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Click here for more information about K Studio.

Rule of Three

New to the show, we were excited to see the beautiful patterns that they print exclusively on Belgian Linen and silk.

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Click here for more information about Rule of Three.

Two Girls in Avignon

Their striped and monogrammed pillows made of Belgian Linen make a warm and beautiful accessory to any room.

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Click here to find out more information about Two Girls in Avignon.

V Rugs & Home

V Rugs & Home continues to impress us with the range of products they create using Belgian Linen. This show, they have added throw blankets to their lines of pillows and ottomans.

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Click here for more information about V Rugs & Home.

We hope you were as impressed as we were by what you saw here. Take a look at their websites to find out more about their product, and don’t forget to keep the conversation going about Belgian Linen. Post #BelgianLinen when you see something that impresses you.

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The Belgian Linentm Shield represents the hundreds of years of artisan workmanship in creating the finest linen in the world. When you see this Belgian Linentm symbol, you can rest assured that you are buying quality unsurpassed. Look for it when shopping for linen products.

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Timothy Paul Bedding Hosts Home and Design Event

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We’re always excited to talk about events that feature Belgian linen, and Timothy Paul Bedding recently held a fantastic one. Libeco Home was fortunate enough to join our partner Timothy Paul Bedding, at their “Home and Design Weekend” event at the end of April. Hosted by Washington Fine Properties, it encompassed 15 home décor merchants in the 14th Street neighborhood. Timothy Paul Bedding hosted a lively discussion about how to dress a luxurious bed, given by their in house bedding expert Grace Gottlieb.

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Sahara and Kalahari Bed, at Timothy Paul Bedding, Washington, DC.

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Sisco and Napoli Vintage blanket in Fog, at Timothy Paul Bedding, in Washington, DC.

Libeco Home’s National Sales Director, Ed Reisert, had the honors of discussing the beauty of Belgian linen bedding as a great alternative to the other sheeting options available. The discussion ended in a talk by their in house rug expert, Jeremiah Stapleton, on how to use area rugs to add to the bedroom’s comfort and visual impact.

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Ed Reisert tells the story of Belgian Linen.

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The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the discussion, with many there needing to make their own bedding decisions, so really appreciated the information. More than one happy visitor left having decided that Belgian linen would be their best option for a restful night’s sleep. Here’s to a lovely time with an incredible retailer working with fabulous customers!

Belgian Linentm represents the hundreds of years of artisan workmanship in creating the finest linen in the world. When you see the Belgian Linentm symbol, you can rest assured that you are buying quality unsurpassed. Look for it when shopping for linen products.

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T4 / Tillett Textiles Shows at High Point Furniture Market

We’re excited about the prints produced by Tillett Textiles and T4, using Belgian Linentm. We hope you’ll be as inspired as we are by their designs.

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Tillett, a name synonymous with the highest caliber of American design and craft has been used and favored by design greats like Billy Baldwin, Jamie Drake and Mario Buatta, adorning the homes of people like Brooke Astor and Jackie Kennedy. Their latest collection, presented at High Point Furniture Market, consists of exquisite, hand-printed and hand-striped material is almost entirely produced from Belgian Linentm. “It was our natural evolution” says Patrick McBride, the company’s Design Director. “When my grandmother (D. D. Tillett) created fabrics, the time period called for printed cotton ducks and polished cottons. Today, the market demands a more luxurious material with a softer hand. Belgian Linentm was a no brainer for us.”

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Patrick McBride meets with a customer in Tillett & T4 Booth

After 4 generations, Tillett/T4 is not just a hand-printed textile collection, they have created new processes and adapted age old techniques to create entirely new and unique materials; from table dyed textures to reverse-resist style prints, they are continually pioneering new materials. Their ability to create custom fabrics, almost as easy as creating their stock materials, is yet another bonus for using Tillett. “We want people to create unique spaces” say Kathleen Tillett. “They (designers) need to feel that they can think outside of the box and not just shop the market…think it up, dream it, we will create it.”

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Available only to the trade at Fortuny in NYC and Ammon Hickson in Dania, FL, Tillett is thrilled to be a part of the Belgian Linentm Association and the Belgian Linentm Booth during the High Point 2014 show. “At this point in our business, we would use no other linen material, it simply is the best.”

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 Libeco is proud to extol the beauty, ecology, and versatility of Belgian Linentm. We are excited about the manufactures and designers at High Point Furniture Market who display Belgian Linentm and all of the wonderful products that can be made from it – from piece fabrics, bedding, tabletop, décor accessories, to fashion. These vendors insist on the best, and you should, too. Look for this shield when looking for Belgian Linentm.

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Mila Blake – New Company Shows Belgian Linen at High Point Furniture Market

This year we have chosen to show case two exciting new brands at High Point Furniture Market’s Belgian  Exhibit. While Mila Blake focuses on solid colors and T4 & Tillett Textiles on prints, both companies perfectly represent the versatility, craftsmanship, and quality of Belgian Linentm. Today, we present Mila Blake, and tomorrow we’ll visit T4 & Tillet Textiles.

 

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Mila Blake is a subsidiary established by luxury home furnishings company Theo Décor to exclusively represent the highest quality of Belgian Linens. Mila Blake works with its partner mills in Belgium to design and distribute linens for upholstery and drapery applications. With its launch at the 2014 High Point Market, Mila Blake’s initial collection provides a broad range of solid linen qualities and weights in a rich array of colors. Inventory stocked either at Mila Blake’s distribution center in Los Angeles or at its partner mills in Belgium, enabling the new company to quickly deliver cut yardage to designers and furniture manufacturers. Mila Blake complements its collection with an unquestioning commitment to customer service and competitive prices. Mila Blake believes truly in the beauty of Belgian linen, and is focused on sharing this unique and timeless fabric with the design trade.

Mila Blake proprietor, Andrew Frumovitz

Just like Libeco, Mila Blake is family oriented! Parent company Theo Décor is named after the owners son, this new brand takes its name from his little sister Mila!

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The Belgian Linentm represents the hundreds of years of artisan workmanship in creating the finest linen in the world. When you see the Belgian Linentm symbol, you can rest assured that you are buying quality unsurpassed. Look for it when shopping for linen products.

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Join the conversation – #BelgianLinen

We at Libeco are so excited about the quality of genuine Belgian Linentm, and the creative ways it’s used by retailers, manufacturers and consumers, that we have started a conversation to show our support – #BelgianLinen.

This week the discussion about #BelgianLinen will be centered on the 2014 High Point Furniture Market – the premiere event for U.S. furniture and home industries. Let us know what you’re seeing that’s made from Belgian Linentm. Is it a beautiful chair, your dream sofa, those stunning drapes, or great pillows? We want to know – more importantly, we want your friends to know… and talk about it. Take a photo or make a comment about something you’ve seen and #BelgianLinen on your favorite social media.

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We look forward to hearing from you.

5 Questions… John Mahoney

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We are very happy to present John Mahoney in this installment of 5 Questions. We love his work with Belgian linen, and are happy to get a peek into what inspires his designs. John’s canvas is life, and his work centers on the home. As part of his mission to bring beauty and joy to our living environments, he founded John Mahoney Designs Inc. in 2002 to produce outstanding works of functional, decorative art.

Trained as a fine artist, John designs wallpaper, rug, and textile collections that offer a specific point of view infused with a love of pattern and color. Underpinning John’s elegantly simple designs are complex tales based on his deep knowledge of Japanese art and literature.

His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has been featured by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, as well as National Public Radio, The New York Times Style Magazine, and the New Yorker Magazine.

In addition to countless custom residential and commercial projects, John has also designed collections for Zoffany and Tai Ping. He has just realized a collection of Japanese-style robes and home accessories that are printed and sewn in the USA using his own textile designs.

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Is there a design era or design esthetic that you’re drawn to?

All of my designs for my Print & Sew USA collection are inspired by vintage kimono stencils, and as a result, our logo for this collection is is a kimono silhouette. During the Edo period in Japan, sumptuary laws limited IncenseModelcolors used for kimono to two, and this had the unintended effect of pushing designers to create incredibly sophisticated patterns using a very limited palette. The creativity and ingenuity in many of these designs is as fresh and modern today as they were two hundred years ago.

 

Where are some of your favorite places to gain inspiration?

I recently took a six-week trip to Japan, which never ceases to inspire me. Not just the art and the design, but the whole culture of Japan fills me with new insights. There’s an elegant utility that pervades every aspect of life for the Japanese; it really resonates with me, personally and professionally.

 

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What are some of the challenges you’ve come across working with Belgian linen?

I love printing on unbleached linen, but because it is left in its natural state, the hue can vary greatly, depending on the season, batch and harvest. This makes it tricky to predict coloration and dye saturation, but I’ve come to accept that that’s just the nature of unbleached linen and to design accordingly.

What is your “dream” product, or product line?

I would love to dig into the Libeco archive and re-issue some great patterns from the history of Belgian linen. There is a such a rich tradition of home linens at Libeco that I feel is ready to be re-interpreted for a modern audience.

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Do you have a favorite designer who inspires you? Why?

Christopher Dresser is a personal design icon, because his best works perfectly balance the functional and artistic. He really created modern design in so many ways. I also admire his business acumen and versatility as a designer.

Follow this link, for more information about John Mahoney Designs.

The Belgian Linentm Shield represents the hundreds of years of artisan workmanship in creating the finest linen in the world. When you see this Belgian Linentm symbol, you can rest assured that you are buying quality unsurpassed. Look for it when shopping for linen products.

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Libeco’s New Organic Linen – Heritage Collection – Gains Attention

Libeco has added a new organic linen to the Libeco Home line of Belgian Linens. It’s called the Heritage collection, and people are taking notice. The collection was noted as one of Home & Textiles Today‘s Best New Products at the recent NY NOW show.

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Check back with us for future updates in the Heritage Collection. You can also see a video about our organic farming process by following the link. The video is in French with English subtitles.

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Our President and CEO, Raymond Libeert, and Belgian farmers

We hope you will be as proud as we are of the advances we are making to protect our environment and natural resources.

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