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Newsletter - October 2014 - No. 86

Special Offer on Louvolite Collection Swatch Binders

Celebrate spring with this fantastic offer.  40% off the Louvolite Fabric Collection Binders.

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Roller/Roman Collection was $154.60 now $92.76
Vertical Collection was $65 now $39

Email Cianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order.

NB: Louvolite update their collection every 2 years. New collection released mid 2015. Option to purchase updates as inserts will also be available.

Add colour and sophistication by freshening up your showroom for spring/summer. 50% off showroom display blinds in Louvolite fabrics.

 

 

 

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Beautiful Blossom Spring fabric by Louvolite

Betta Blinds and Awnings Editorial 

Four Families Interview

 Maya Vivian, Textile Designer

As FF’s head designer, what is your main source of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere! I am inspired by nature, architecture, art, fashion, travel and new technologies. I am like a magpie, always looking out for shiny new things that I can collect and store away for future inspiration. The trick is how to interpret all these inspiring things into a commercially viable window furnishing product.

What is the process to put together your colour ranges?
We always look to see what the neutral colour trends are in fashion and other home products, such as paint and carpet colours. Consumers often choose their blinds last after all these other things in their home have already been decided. We need to make sure we are fitting in with other interior products and are across what’s happening out there. We also always look to see what our top selling colours are in other ranges, which gives us a good idea of what’s popular. Of course, we love talking to some of our key customers to hear from the ‘coal face’ what’s selling and what customers are asking for.

What is next in the FF collection?
We have a massive year planned for fabric launches! The next exciting design to be released is a gorgeous blockout that has been influenced by classic men’s tailoring and suiting fabrics – it is a great combination of timeless elegance and casual chic.

Is Australia more conservative than the rest of the world with Blind fabrics?’
Australian’s have far higher expectations of fabric performance than any other country. Our sun is so much stronger, and our homes and windows so much larger. As a result, a house fit out of new blinds is much more expensive than it would be in Europe, for example, where houses and windows are much smaller. As a result, Australian consumers are much more concerned with the longevity of their window coverings and are less inclined to choose ‘risky’ fabrics that might date quickly. With that said, we are finding more and more Australian’s are starting to understand and appreciate pattern on the window, and we are seeing some really great sales of our more decorative blind fabrics - Fed Square and Anais designs.

Thank you Maya for your insight into the workings of textile fanatic!

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Talk to us about Showroom blinds in Four Families fabrics.

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Orissa News: Naples Vertical / Roller Fabric.  Vertical Price increase

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New Release: NAPLES

Orissa are proud to introduce their new flocked back Jacquard fabric, in six earthy toned colours.

Vertical 89mm & 127mm Roller/Roman Width 3000mm
Category 4 Romans/Rollers/Panels
Category F Verticals

Orissa price increase on Vertical Fabric:  Bermuda, Florentine. Moroccan, Pacific, Tulip. 

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Important Product Notes  - Keeping you in the loop...

Discounted: Crossroads Vertical Blind (127mm available only) BLOCKOUT 30% OFF LIGHT FILTERING 40% OFF!!

Builders Range Roller Blinds:  Please note that Double Deluxe, Single Deluxe and Cassette Pelmets are not available in the Builders Range.

Fabric Stock Delay

Palm Beach Calico LF due in 15th October
Zeebra Blockout Granite due in 22nd October

NOTES ON AWNINGS:

Aluminium Claw Fix Arms Size Options. Betta 2000 Auto Arm Awning Option: Please note that other sizes are available in Aluminium Claw Fix Arms: Our standard sizes are 150mm or 300mm. Surcharge is $30 pair.  This “other sizes are available” information has been updated on the awnings price list if you would like to download a new copy.

Repeated news you may have missed:
High Frequency Welding Now Available: We are now up and running with our new high frequency fabric welding equipment. This allows us to join the smaller manufactured awning fabric widths, particularly on striped fabrics.
Vistaweave Striped Mesh Exterior Fabric has now been introduced in a wide range of tastefully designed colours and is available in all of our awnings products. If you have the Radins Awnings fabric sample collection please contact us to request the striped fabrics be sent to include in your folder. Same price as Vistaweave Plus.
Vistaweave is a 2x2 weave that blocks 95% of heat while still allowing vision through the fabric. This selection of see-through fabrics for awnings and blinds are woven in a choice of widths to ensure minimal or no joins. See the Vistaweave Plus range for plain fabric.  Manufactured in the USA by Twitchell and comes with a 10 year limited warranty against UV degradation & is also Greenguard certified.

Reminders (in case you missed this...)

Slimline Venetians: Price Change - Please refer to last month's newsletter (price list was attached and can be downloaded from our website).

Builders Range Roller Blinds Price List – Incorrect pricing error in extended grid sizes: Sunscreen Fabrics Price Grid: Incorrect Pricing was in Widths 2730 and 3020 and Drops 2550, 2700, 2850 and 3000. Please replace in your price list folder and within your systems. Refer to email with price list attached sent on 19/09/2014.

Dublin removed from Four Families range. Dublin will be replaced by a new textured blockout in the first quarter of 2015.

Dear Four Families customers, You should have received your new St Lucia swatch during the past month.  Please contact us if you have purchased a FF collection but have not yet received the new swatch. We hope you like it!

Vertical Blinds Deletion – Due to technical difficulties the supplier of Zeebra fabric has advised that they are removing Zeebra Vertical fabric from their range. Please update your Fabric lists in price book 

Customer's anecdote 

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Last month we did Mark's feature article on Soltis External Fabric.

Since then a customer commented on a job in Soltis, which is a great recommendation when choosing a reliable external fabric.

"Bernie said he likes Soltis and told me about a job he did about 6 years ago.  It was a folding arm awning in an orangey yellow colour. It was about 6.5 metres by 3 and is still in perfect condition. He said there is no fading whatsoever."

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Did You Know.....fabric is made up of a warp and a weft?

Warp - vertical threads which form the base of a weaving.
Weft - the horizontal threads which are woven across the warp.

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New 5th Avenue Next Gen

5th Avenue Next Gen.  Style inspired by hip SoHo lofts and Park Avenue Penthouses, 5th Avenue Next Gen is the last word in luxury. 

An elegant textured look with a divine embossed finish; Stunning colours include white ‘Arctic’, Dark based ‘Raven’, Rich chocolate ‘Chestnut’ and a fiery blast of red chilli in ‘Scarlet’, just to name-drop a few. 

Now available in 3000mm width.  

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True Blue - Proudly Australian Made

Texstyle have recently become a licensee of the iconic Australian Made brand for their Australian made Positano and Serengetti Collections.  Look for the boomerang symbol our on fabric list (attached) which denotes all fabrics manufactured in Australian mills.

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