Furniture brand Albany Park launches West African-inspired prints

E-commerce brand Albany Park, created by former NFL-player Darryl Sharpon, has launched a new West African-inspired collection of prints.

HOUSTON – E-commerce furniture retailer Albany Park has officially launched the new Ẹkáàbọ̀ collection, a limited-edition line inspired by Ankara, the vibrant wax prints from West Africa.

“As African Americans, our ancestry has been completely cut off. We’ve had to create our own culture,” said Darryl Sharpton, Albany Park’s CEO and co-founder. “Now, through this discovery, I’m able to retroactively add my heritage to the American melting pot and infuse it into my company and my products.”

Sharpton said the successful release of the Akwaaba and Koyo prints last fall have resulted in the addition of two more prints Ademi and Idowu. The bold patterns are now available for the company’s Albany collection and Park collection.

After learning that his roots originate in Nigeria, Sharpton said he was eager to

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OMI, Old West Mattress partner for organic ‘factory within a factory’

YUBA CITY, Calif. – As demand for its organic bedding products continue to increase, OMI is expanding its manufacturing capabilities by establishing its first factory within a factory by partnering with Denver-based Old West Mattress Co.

The two companies will set up a dedicated organic production line with machinery in a secure, segregated area of Old West’s facility that will also house natural raw materials organic bedding specialist OMI uses to produce its certified organic mattress line. The factory also features dedicated shipping and receiving docks, as well as specialized materials-handling equipment. This will be the company’s second manufacturing location, along with its factory at its northern California headquarters.

The factory within a factory will also help OMI reduce delivery times. Its goal is to reduce its 10- to 14-day delivery to three days to anywhere in the United States.

“Over the past two years we have taken an omnichannel

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Brown Jordan adds two to C-suite

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Brown Jordan Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of luxury home, outdoor and upscale contract furnishings, has named Kris Yates to the newly created position of chief commercial officer and Bernie Guerin as chief financial officer.

Both will report to Gene J. Moriary, company president and CEO.

Based on the West Coast, Yates will oversee direction for all Brown Jordan Inc. Outdoor Living brands, including Brown Jordan, Tropitone, Castelle, Texacraft and Winston. She will assume responsibility for growing revenue and increasing market share for the outdoor brands, as well as directing sales and customer service leadership and corporate marketing for all brands.

Previously, Yates worked with HNI  Corp., most recently as president of Allsteel Inc and Gunlock Co. divisions.

Guerin will oversee the company’s finances and direct a path toward increased revenue and long-term profitability.

Prior to Brown Jordan, Guerin was COO and CFO at

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Study forecasts sleep product demand to increase 2.6% per year through 2024

CLEVELAND — Sleep product demand is forecast to grow 2.6% annually for the next four years, according to a recent report from Freedonia Focus Reports, and better sleep on premium mattresses will be a key marketing driver for the bedding category.

In its “Sleep Products: United States,” FFR says the advances each year will be driven by increases in household formation, home sales and higher levels of disposable personal income.

Marketing the importance of a good night’s sleep and the potential benefits of high-end foam and hybrid mattresses will continue to support purchases of premium bedding, the report notes. In addition, the aging population of relatively affluent Baby Boomers will increase demand of premium products that offer relief for problems such as back pain.

The Freedonia report also noted that, in the short term, COVID-19 will continue to spur demand for new mattresses, citing consumers who are experience negative effects

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Precision Textiles bundles sleep accessories to help retailers capture add-on sales

TOTOWA, N.J. ­– Working to offer home furnishings and sleep retailers an easy-to-sell package of sleep accessories, Precision Textiles’ SlumberShield division has developed a bundle that includes mattress protectors, sheets, blankets and pillows. SlumberBundle collections are priced to retail from $149 to $399, depending on products including in the package.

Set to debut the first week in January, the product is designed for brick-and-mortar furniture retailers, mattress retailers and specialty sleep shops. The kits can also be drop-shipped to consumers through retailers. The bundles can be customized by retailers to fit in with each location’s merchandising strategy. High-end retailers catering to luxury consumers can select premium products, for example.

“Retailers know that maximizing every opportunity to sell a customer in the current environment is critical,” said Bill Bottine, managing director of SlumberShield. “Precision and SlumberShield are two trusted names in the mattress protection industry, making our SlumberBundles an easy cash-and-carry

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