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We’re All Mad About Plaid This Season!

My favorite time of the year is the fall. I love photographing the changing leaves, going apple and pumpkin picking with my friends, drinking copious amounts of pumpkin spice lattes, thanksgiving dinner with my family, and of course, the fall fashion. Sweaters. Moccasins. Boots. Scarves. Flannel shirts. Skinny jeans. You name it and I most likely have it in my closet. Every year we see a new trend emerge in terms of the types of prints we can expect to see. This goes for apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, linens, fabric, napery, and more. Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, &  Alexander Wang all included several plaid pieces in their fall 2015 collections. If one thing’s for sure, we’re mad about plaid this season!

Check out this Plaid Cheat Sheet courtesy of fashioninfographics.com!
            Check out this Plaid Cheat Sheet courtesy of fashioninfographics.com!

Whether it’s a shirt, lounge pants, a handbag, a phone case, or anything else you can think of, I most likely have a plaid style in my possession. Seriously though. It looks like I raided Kurt Cobain’s closet. It’s my favorite print! (How many people do you know that actually have a favorite print?) I even have a red plaid hair bow. I’m obsessed! I thought since plaid is super hot this season, I would share a little bit about the types and styles out there. Believe it or not, Cher Horowitz rocked at least 53 different plaid styles in 1995″s Clueless.  Plaid is an under-appreciated print and I plan to show it a little extra love this season by highlighting some of the current items on the market!

Image source: http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a9992/clueless-digital-fitting-room/

Tartan is by far the most common and definitely my favorite. This style originated in Scotland and is usually what comes to mind when we say “plaid”. This style is most often seen with dark colors such as blues, reds, and greens. Below is the beautiful Pembroke Plaid Sheet Set by Pottery Barn.

Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com
Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com

Windowpane plaid is also quite common this season. The design is simple, yet sophisticated and makes for a handsome suit. This season Old Navy tackled the plaid trend and I am in love with their wool-blend ponchos! The black and white windowpane plaid pairs nicely with a solid knit top underneath.

Image source: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1018845&vid=1&pid=602576022
Image source: http://oldnavy.gap.com

Glen plaid is very easy to spot! Almost always done in a black and white scheme, this style of plaid is prevalent among tailored suits and more formal attire. This style can be seen year round as with J. Crew’s Glen Plaid Cap-Sleeve dress. It’s clean, classic, and fashionable. Some plaids can be a bit overwhelming, but glen plaid is subtle. I love it!

Image source: https://www.jcrew.com
                                                   Image source: https://www.jcrew.com

Buffalo check plaid is my second favorite plaid style. It is said to have originated in the USA around 1850. This black and red style is synonymous with outdoorsmen and gives a very rugged look. Sometimes buffalo check is also referred to as “lumberjack” plaid. Pottery Barn has a large array of buffalo check plaid items this year, but what really grabbed my attention was the Buffalo Check Napkin Set. Normally we think of plaid clothing, but not often table linens. It’s certainly a fun change!

Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com
Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com

And of course, I had to highlight Fabric Textile Products, Inc. This year we introduced our Country Plaid Napkin Collection! Available in Black, Navy, Red, Taupe, & Grass Green, our country plaid napkins are sure to compliment your fall tables! With my plaid addiction, it was only a matter of time before launching a plaid napery line.

Shop our collection at www.fabrictextileproducts.com!
             Shop our collection at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com!

I could go on for hours about plaid. This beloved style seems to be in it for the longhaul. Every so often we see a bit of a “plaid revival” if you wish. Almost all of us own atleast 1 plaid item. I guarantee it. Take a walk through your home. Scan each room. Take a look in your closets. You may be surprised at what you find. From tartan to gingham to madras to windowpane, there is a plaid for everyone!

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

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#TransformationTuesday: The Jump from Napkinsonline to Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

transformation tuesday

I am obsessed with social media. I love sharing my pictures on Instagram, keeping friends up to date with my Facebook status daily, and tweeting about whatever comes to my mind. Come on, though. What 23 year old isn’t?! My day always begins the same. Turn off the alarm, get my glasses on quickly so I can find my way out of bed without falling, and swipe right to unlock my iPhone. A wave of emails, statuses, photos, tweets, and whatnot floods my brain for a few moments before I start my morning routine. While scrolling along this morning, I noticed the daily hashtag on almost every post I saw- #transformationtuesday. A light went off and the idea for today’s post came about!

“Transformation Tuesday”.

“Yes.”

“That’s it. I got it!”

Fabric Textile Products, Inc. is the place I call home Monday through Friday. I assist with shipping orders, taking care of our customers, managing social media accounts, shopping for new products, sourcing new vendors, and whatever else may come my way, but things weren’t always this way. Believe it or not, up until 2 years ago this company was a just a 1 woman operation.

Flashback to 2007.

We began selling hemstitch napkins as Napkinsonline on the internet. Our products were well-liked and in high-demand by both commercial and home buyers, so we began to offer matching table linens. After a few successful years, we started selling leftover fabric scraps given to us by our sister company, Something Different Linen, Inc. and business really began to boom! From there on out, we sourced our own products and sought out the help of various vendors. Before we knew it, we had outgrown the little space we once occupied and needed more hands on deck.

Flash forward to 2013.

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I joined the Fabric Textile Products, Inc. team fresh out of college as an assistant. The job had become too much for just 1 person and we were planning a move. By this time our product catalog included not only hemstitch table linens and fabrics, but also a wide array of textiles for the home. The keyword here is growth. We officially dropped the name Napkinsonline and became Fabric Textile Products, Inc. – a subsidiary of Something Different Linen, Inc. We launched a fresh website, left our small crammed space and settled quickly into a new larger location on the other end of town. And here we are now!

In just 2 years Fabric Textile Products, Inc. has transformed from a small internet operation into a full-fledged supplier of fabric and textile goods for all. Our inventory grows daily, our customer base reaches farther locations, and our name is recognized by so many. The only place to go from here is up!

Warmest Regards Always,

Joanna

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.