COTTON QUILTS Could be cool again.
COTTECH QUILT COMPANY, the first and only manufacturer in the U.S. to offer fabric in a wide range of colors, styles and textures, has announced that it will begin selling cotton quilts in July of 2019, following a $30 million investment from The New York Times.
The company is expected to launch at least five new styles per year.
The brand, which was founded in 2011 by three New Yorkers, is one of a growing number of new fabrics in use in the United States, which has long relied on textile manufacturing.
And it is poised to become a major player in the market.
But in the long run, quilters may be better off looking to the fabrics that they use, said Michael R. Haffner, an associate professor of business administration at Cornell University who studies textile manufacturing and commerce.
“The quilt business is a business that will be more profitable and more valuable over time, even if it is not the cheapest,” he said.
“Cotton is an excellent material for making clothing, so I think we will see an increase in the cost of quilts as they become more affordable.”
Cotton is one example of a new fabric, known as cotton cloth, that is becoming more popular in the apparel industry.
Quilters are also likely to see a rise in the use of lightweight, breathable fabric that is more comfortable for people who are more active and in need of a lightweight garment, said Haffener.
He added that the increased use of fabrics that are environmentally friendly will also be a boon for quilter brands.
“There is an increasing recognition that fabrics can have a positive impact on the environment and the environment can be a major part of your sales,” he added.
Some of the benefits of the fabric industry, like the environmental benefits, are gaining more attention, said Scott R. Wood, the director of apparel for the Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainability in the fashion industry.
“As people start to embrace more eco-friendly fabrics, they will begin to buy more clothing that will make a difference in the world,” Wood said.
But it is still a relatively new market and there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered before cotton quilts are considered the next big thing in the industry.
For starters, how will the price of cotton compare to other fabrics?
Some experts say it will be tough to predict how much the price will rise over time.
“We have seen prices for some of the most expensive fabrics go up dramatically in the last five years,” Wood added.
And the prices for new fabrics, like cotton, will vary.
“A lot of times you’ll see prices go up as manufacturers try to get the best products they can and to produce at the lowest cost possible,” Wood noted.
“For some fabrics, that means they’ll cost more.
For others, it will mean it’s cheaper to produce them at home.”
The fabric industry is also a global business, so the prices will vary depending on where in the globe you live, Haffson said.
That could make it difficult to know how much cotton fabric is going to cost at the store or online.
The best way to figure that out is to compare prices for cotton and other fabrics in different countries, Haffener said.
It will also help if you buy fabric from the same source and if you get the same product, but there is no one way to measure the difference.
“I don’t know how to do that,” he explained.
Haffeen said it’s important to remember that fabrics are more expensive in the countries where they are made, because the fabric is often made in China and then shipped to a manufacturing plant in the country.
The result is that the quality of the finished product is lower, and the cost is higher.
“It’s important that people understand that the price for cotton will not always be the same across the globe, but it will always be higher in the cheapest places,” Haffin said.
Habeens quilt will be available for $49.99 at retailers including Macy’s, Macy’s department stores, Kohl’s and Macy’s online, and will go on sale in November of 2019.
The new fabrics will be priced between $65 to $90, depending on how many fabrics are used.
A selection of fabrics will also debut in September, including cotton, nylon, polyester, silk, polyurethane and polyester microfiber.
The fabrics are designed to be washed, so there is some risk that they will get dirty during the production process, said Heather T. Loh, a consultant and author of the book “Wash and Wash Again,” which explains how to avoid harmful environmental and health issues in the textile industry.
But she said it is worth considering the fact that cotton