1888 partners with European design team
Playthings Staff -- Gifts & Dec, September 10, 2012
At the New York Market -1888 Mills has entered into a strategic alliance with UK home textiles supplier Turner Bianca PLC and will showcase the Manchester-based firm's archive here this week.
1888 Mills and Turner Bianca will collaborate and share design, resources and expenses to streamline the cost manufacturing with in-house design.
Turner Bianca is studio staffed with 26 full-time designers and artists as well as a database holding tens of thousands of designs.
In addition to its UK headquarters, Turner Bianca has additional offices in Pakistan, India, Portugal and Spain. Its brands in the UK include Dorma, Cath Kidston, Disney, Accessorize, Kew Gardens, Jigsaw and Catherine Lansfield.
"Turner Bianca brings further design credibility to our global platform. Now customers can come to 1888 for all of their design needs and we will have immediate access to thousands of designs and an entire team of designers," said Lexi Schladenhauffen, senior vp of marketing and design for 1888 Mills.
"It was apparent from our first discussion with 1888 that our businesses complemented one another. Our alliance will help both companies deliver world class product and design at competitive prices in our respective markets" said Kevin Rutherford, managing director of Turner Bianca.
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