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Q&A

with

leo novik
founder & ceo, fil doux textiles

What are your company's best practices?
We are a mill-direct, family-owned business with
80 years of experience in textile production. Being
mill-direct removes layers from the supply chain
and streamlines communication from designer to
purchasing to the mill. It also ensures we deliver
higher performing, luxury products.
This business model also allows us to offer
significantly shorter lead times because we
have removed the middleman. We own two
fully vertical mills in Chile and Brazil where we
quickly produce eco-friendly, luxury products,
such as our Vinylife upholstery with Pro-Tech, a
powerful ink and stain defense.
Our creation of Vinylife, the first enhanced
biodegradable vinyl in the industry, has changed
the way clients look at leather alternatives. It is
fast, durable, and will ultimately reduce millions
of yards of waste for future generations. We are
also proud to practice "reuse with a purpose" in
our recently launched charitable program, Fil
Doux for the Arts.

What differentiates your company from
its competitors?
Our focus has always been on a luxurious touch
and bringing a residential softness to hospitality.
We've created a proprietary yarn that has 80%
polyester for a strong core wrapped in 20% soft
cotton that combines high performance with a
luxurious, tactile quality. We are always looking
for ways to create better options for our clients,
and being mill-direct gives us the flexibility to
think outside the box with everything that we
create.

Is there a recent hospitality (or other)
project where we can see your products?
How were they used?
We recently provided the headboard fabric and
finished Box Socks for Virserius Studio's revamp
of the guest rooms at The Cosmopolitan of Las
Vegas. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. uses our
fabric throughout their guest room interiors as
well. We also provided a gorgeous wool drapery
for the Kimpton Hotel Born Denver. Vinylife has
been used everywhere from the headboards at the
new Luxor Las Vegas to the forthcoming Hard
Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, where it

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will appear in both the guest rooms by Wimberly
Interiors and in the casino designed by Jeffrey
Beers.

How do you ensure that you stay on top
of trends and what designers want?
There are many ways we stay in tune with what's
new and important in the industry. First, we love
to engage with our clients. We are in daily contact
with the designer, and incorporate continuous
feedback from customers into our product
development.
Second, we find inspiration in places that we
can share with the design world, especially places
that have a strong connection to the roots of Fil
Doux Textiles' early beginnings. Valparaiso, my
hometown and the region of one or our mills, has
vibrant and eclectic architecture. My childhood
there informed my affinity for the work of Henri
Matisse, who also grew up in a textile family
and whose use of lively colors reminds me of
home. Growing up in Chile taught me to embrace
nature's beauty and authenticity, which gives our
company a fresh, organic perspective in all of our
collections.


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Hospitality Design - June 2018
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
Behind the Design
People: CitySCENE: Chicago
Perspectives
Sketchbook
5 Questions for Brad Wilson
Products
Designer Profile: Windy Chien
Outdoor Furniture
Wallcoverings
Casegoods
Bedding
HD Awards: Projects
HD Awards: Nightlife
HD Awards: Products
Ad Index
Back Space: Chris Sheffield
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