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Fabric Customisation for the US Commercial Market

At James Dunlop Textiles we have an extensive fabric portfolio focused on the commercial sector and can provide solutions across all performance attributes and budget requirements.

When it comes to commercial design, architects and interior designers juggle several project variables when selecting and specifying soft furnishings. Key considerations to balance are style, performance, usability, logistics and budget. The US market, like any, has extremely high standards and it can be difficult to maintain the balance of quality and purpose driven fabrics, at a cost-effective rate. 

James Dunlop Textiles has a rich history of global procurement. This coupled with some out-of-the-box thinking creates a strong platform to implement a customised approach to commercial project solutions, especially when performance is imperative and investment is tight.

Commercial projects often need a specialist high performing fabric. This could be high abrasion performance, cleanability, fire retardancy, stain resistance, moisture proof, anti-microbial or color fastness. Often it is any combination of these attributes. At James Dunlop Textiles we have an extensive fabric portfolio focused on the commercial sector and can provide solutions across all performance attributes and budget requirements.

However sometimes in project work, the stock textile design or colour is not quite right. In these instances we can utilise our bespoke custom print offering. With a range of commercially-focused base cloths, the James Dunlop team can design a fabric which can be printed and delivered within a month. We can even take a customer’s design or motif and digitally create and custom colour a printed textile solution. 

With a large portfolio of decorative residential fabrics, we often find commercial project designers also like to use these designs in their specification. This can be problematic as the fabric may not have the right attributes. This is where our unique approach to project customisation of fabrics is able to provide a solution for our customers.

Our design team will collaborate on the required attributes and end use of the fabric to define a textile specification. This can vary in construction, design, colour or finish to the original fabric, and often we need to keep within a tight budget. We then utilise our extensive global supplier framework to identify the right mill for the construction. The James Dunlop team works with the mill to proof sample runs of the fabric, and meet the project budget. When the sample meets our expectations and specification requirements it is then presented to the customer for approval. 

This customisation process is known in the industry as a ‘weave down’. It ensures our customers get the design and attributes they want in a fabric, while also coming in within their price expectations. As you can imagine it is not a fast process, but by being thorough and experts in this field we can provide the best solutions for our customers. 

Most lead-times for custom projects are around three months as weaving and logistics from specific regions can be lengthy. If delivery is needed within a short timeline, fabric selection from our custom print programme or thousands of stocked fabrics with a three-day turnaround is always preferable.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you on a commercial project, please contact our US customer services team on usa@jamesdunloptextiles.com

Changi Airport

Iroquois by Mokum was custom-engineered to cover over 5000 transit chairs in the terminal at Changi Airport. The designers used colours Teal, Persimmon and Orange to create a striking effect well suited to the modern, free flowing and hotel-like experience of this new terminal.

Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Custom fabrics by Mokum are featured throughout the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach including:  

  • Custom cotton upholstery velvet, in custom red for the guestroom sofas 
  • Custom chenille drapery, Tahiti producing a lighter weight in custom colour aqua
  • Custom commercial upholstery pattern based on Coralline for the chairs offering a different pattern repeat and custom coloured
  • Custom bullion trimmings, in custom red and aqua, for drapery and furniture
  • Custom FR upholstery velvet for public spaces, in custom red.
Image credit | Faena Hotel, Miami

Image credit | Faena Hotel, Miami

Image credit | Faena Hotel, Miami

Image credit | Faena Hotel, Miami

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