United Feather & Down expands on brand front
Playthings Staff -- Gifts & Dec, September 13, 2010
All the products will be on view at the UF&D showroom, directly across from Bryant Park at 1071 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave. at 41st St.), Suite 200.
The Sheex brand was founded in 2007 by former University of South Carolina basketball coaches and student-athletes Susan Walvius and Michelle Marciniak. The line embodies "the same moisture-wicking ability, stretch and breathability" of performance athleticwear, the company said. Bed sheets were introduced the same year. UF&D will now augment Sheex Home with pillows, comforters and mattress pads.
"Sheex is a truly unique and innovative brand, and we look forward to working with Michelle and Susan as they expand the product line," said Bob Hickman, svp of sales and marketing, United Feather & Down.
"Sheex Performance Bedding is the first product of its kind on the market, so it was important for us to find a partner that shared our vision and forward thinking," said Sheex co-founder Marciniak. "United Feather & Down's reputation as an innovator in the bedding industry and its unparalleled attention to detail and quality makes the company a perfect fit for us as we grow our brand."
In other developments on display this market:
• Borghese Gold is the newest collection in the Villa Di Borghese brand program; it features a Tencel/cotton blend paired with the trademarked Botanical Down or Botanical Down Alternative, Borghese's signature filling material blended with natural Tencel Lyocell fiber. Villa Di Borghese also adds four new colors of 100% ring-spun cotton woven blankets and six new colors of basic sheets with aloe-infused fibers; down and down alternative-filled booties and lap throws; and soy and aloe-infused memory foam pillows. Every item the collection is packaged with a gift-with-purchase.
• Portico Pure Luxe joins the Portico Basic Bedding line already provided by UF&D. Pure Luxe is available in both 100% certified organic cotton and the new "Genius" blend of Tencel and organic cotton. Fills offered are UF&D's patented Freshness Assured Lyocell Down and the company's Naturelle down alternative. The product array includes comforters, pillows, blankets and mattress pads. The Basic line this market adds 230TC and 300TC GOTS-certified organic cotton blankets, with the same choice of fills. Featured colors: moonlight blue, fern green, cloud and natural.
• Dr. James B. Maas, the UF&D spokesman for sleep research and advice, sees his program with the company expanded in both the Sleep for Success! and Dr. Maas' Choice for Allergy Relief lines. Line extensions include Tencel lyocell fibers in fabrics and fills for moisture management and temperature control; pillow constructions tailored to side, back, and stomach sleepers; SilverFill Down Alternative for allergy relief; and a travel and home therapeutic pillow line. Each product is uniquely packaged with a free booklet, "How to Get Eight Great Hours of Sleep," containing sleep tips and research excerpted from his newly published book "Sleep for Success! Everything You Must Know About Sleep But Are Too Tired To Ask."
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