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Shanna Manning, client services
manager for Choice Party Linens,
says more customers are using ceiling
drapes to make the atmosphere feel
more dramatic and luxurious. " We're
seeing a lot of linen backdrops as well,
especially for photo booths. We have a
sequin fabric that's incredibly popular. "
Vibrant formals, such as velvet and
matte satin, are increasingly sought after
at Lasting Impressions. " I'm surprised
by how much matte satin we've been
renting, " Fritz admits. " It's been picking
up for about a year and a half now, and
manufacturers are coming out with
bolder colors that clients love. "
Liba Fabrics is experiencing more
demand for velvet as well and recently
released " fire velvet, " made with flameretardant
yarn to satisfy customer
requests for fire-retardant drapes.
Paired with fresh flower bouquets, this floral print on Liba Fabrics' MJS Spun fabric helped
to elevate the elegance at a charity event in New York, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Alycia Kravitz.
Copyright: 2023, The Museum of Modern Art.
* Sustainability. Customers are increasingly
asking for eco-friendly fabrics,
something Liba Fabrics is excited to offer
more of in 2024.
With limited eco-friendly fabric
LINEN LONGEVITY 101
hether linens are folded or hung, these simple but crucial cleaning
and storage tips can help extend their life. " Keep linens out of direct
sunlight and stay away from harsh chemicals and high heat. Those will eat
away at the fabric each time you launder them, " Shanna Manning, client
services manager for Choice Party Linens, says. " Air-drying is the preferred
method to keep your fabric from breaking down and misshaping. "
Additionally, Manning recommends storing linens in a porous substance. " All
of ours are shrink-wrapped, but if you look closely, you'll see perforation holes
everywhere to prevent the possibility of moisture being trapped in the fabric. "
For folded linens, Pricilla Soto, account executive for Well Dressed Tables
by Arena Americas, says the key is investing in high-quality and durable
shelving. " It's easy to forget how heavy linens can be when they're all stacked
up. Fold and store them inside out, and make sure you cover the linens on the
top shelf so nothing from the ceiling falls onto them. "
When it comes to ironing, Soto adds, always iron the reverse side. " And
never iron fully dry linens; they should be damp before ironing to preserve the
color-and then fully dry before they're stored to prevent mold. "
W
options currently available, companies
are getting more creative with recycling
worn linens. " We try to repurpose
everything we have in-house, whether
that's adding them to sample books,
selling them at a discounted rate or
donating them to nonprofits, schools
and anyone else in need, " Higgins says.
" There are so many ways to ensure
linens are getting second or third lives, "
Kelk adds. " We've donated several worn
or discontinued linens to animal shelters
and school theater programs. We also
have our damaged tablecloths cut down
to be used as napkins or runners. "
Stocking the right balance
Sources of design inspiration might be
limitless, but storage for inventory is
not. While trends grow and change more
quickly, deciding when to add or remove a
fabric becomes more complicated.
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