Spotlight on P. Kaufman’s Textiles

Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.40.26 PMIf you’re an interior designer, sewing enthusiast, or even doing your first renovation, no doubt you’ve run into some P. Kaufman fabrics along your journey!

The multi-channeled, multi-million dollar company is relatively young: established 2004, this fabric manufacturer has been making waves – and exceptionally beautiful products – throughout the textile world.

With a strong focus on creating strong, sustainable materials for hotels and casinos, P. Kaufman’s fabrics are hardy and can be counted on for years to come. Because of this field concentration, most Kaufman’s fabrics are only available for wholesale.

Today, we’d like to highlight the superstars of Barras Fabrics’ collection of P. Kaufman textiles. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

1: On Sail in Nautical Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.44.00 PM

Nothing says summer like sailboats. Perfect for a throw pillow for the beach house!

2: Hottie Scottie in Sprout Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.45.37 PM

If the name is not enough of a draw, this fabric’s playful tone adds a pop to any room.

3: Belize Stripe in Pink Sand Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.08 PM

Bring the warm sands of Belize to your space this summer. And that pink, though!

4: ChiChi in Papaya  Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.39 PM“Cha-cha slide” your way into the season! How great would this look on outdoor chairs?

5: Suna in Platinum Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.47.09 PM

This material is so glamorous, we’re putting it on the walls, on the couch, everywhere! The height of metallic sophistication.

So…which fabric is speaking to you? See you next week.

 

 

 

Spotlight: Tommy Bahama Fabrics

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Smooth, white sand. Salty, fresh water. Bright, warm sunshine.

Getting in the mood of a vacation?

Tommy Bahama fabrics were created with the the island lifestyle in mind. A bold palette, combined with tropical motifs, invokes that beachy feel that Tommy Bahama’s creators set out to create when they founded their company.

But who is the elusive Tommy Bahama? The man behind the name? The face of the beachy brand? Here’s a little known fact: he doesn’t exist.

Tommy Bahama was dreamed up by Tony Margolis, Bob Emfield, and their wives, the founders of the Tommy Bahama group that was eventually bought out by Oxford Industries. This fabulous foursome created such a strong presence and voice for Tommy that many are STILL unaware that he’s just a tanned, sandy-haired figment of their imagination.

Though fictional, Tommy is still the living inspiration for the company. Decisions are still made based on “What Tommy would do”. He’s the spiritual leader and living role model for the designs and aesthetic that TB is renowned for.

Originally known for their silk-screened shirts and khaki pants, Tommy Bahama has since expanded to Women’s, Swimwear, Home Decor, Gifts, and restaurants spread nationwide. Forget clothing retailer – Tommy Bahama is a full-on lifestyle!

Of course, we’re just here for the fabric. Tommy Bahama’s prints represent everything we love about this brand: casual elegance, warm, vibrant colors, and that untouchable something that just makes you think “Bora Bora”!

Here are some of our absolute must-haves from the Barras Fabrics Tommy Bahama collection:

 

1: South Series: Nautical

 

This material would be perfect for a nautical bathroom shade – or framed on the wall of your beach house guestroom.

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2: Inky Palms: Jade

A chaise fully upholstered in this material would make the entire room. Just be sure to pair with toned-down throw pillows to avoid a circus-tent feel.

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3: Polynesian: Lemoncello

Polynesian combines fine details with bold colors, making this the perfect material for wide, open spaces. Not too overpowering, but plenty of oomph to make it a stand-out.

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4: Tranquil Turt: Lava

Go big or go home. These cheerful turtles bring a smile to anyone’s face: imagine accent pillows in Tranquil Turt on a carribean blue loveseat and you’ll fully understand why this one is our staff pick.

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So if you’re getting in the mood of the island life, whip up a pina colada, order some Tommy Bahama from our online fabric store, and break out the grass skirts! Aloha!

Spotlight: Ralph Lauren Textiles

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His name is as iconic as it is synonymous with high fashion, classic taste, and timeless style. Mr. Lauren (or perhaps Mr. Lifshitz, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves) has created a broad empire encompassing not only every niche of the fashion industry, but the upscale home decor empire as well. Combining preppy silhouettes with a healthy dose of sportsmanship – think Polo t-shirts! – the Ralph Lauren collection has carved itself a firm corner of the design world.

Ralph was born to Ashkenazi-Jewish immigrants in 1939. In is early childhood, he dreamed of a career in sports, then showbiz, then eventually went on to study business before dropping out after only 2 years of school. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began working the counter at – wait for it – Brooks Brothers. At the age of 28, he convinced their lead manufacturer, Beau Brummell, to allow him to start his own line. And the rest, indeed, is history.

Ralph Lauren slowly built up his brand (of the same name), beginning with in-store boutiques, to the first free-standing American designer store in Beverly Hills, to a fashion empire spanning several lines, countless stores, and an infinite reach of influence. It was only a matter of time before Mr. Lauren launched a home decor line, bringing his iconic tastes to a whole medium.

Ralph Lauren’s textiles combine the best of what the brand has to offer.

From preppy:

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To classic:

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To delicately quirky:

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These materials shine from curtains to bedspreads to upholstery. Shop our collection of discount luxury fabrics from Ralph Lauren here and bring that preppy, sporty, and timeless flavor to your living space.

Where can you see these fabrics in your home? Which of these patterns speaks to the most? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!