by Marisa Marcantonio

I love when people start their own companies based on that which they are most passionate about. Bramalta, a new Italian-inspired printed fabric collection out of Pennsylvania started by John Donis, came from years of working in and loving the fabric industry.  It is so exciting seeing boutique fabric companies get started, and see their creative point of view emerge. Starting Bramalta, Donis was able to re-connect with the creative process.  He used to create custom fabrics for clients while working at Scalamandre, which is where we met way back when.  After many years there, he learned the art and process of the weaving mills and appreciated their vast, treasured historical archives. Venturing out on his own, he had total creative flexibility to bring something new to market with a nod to the past and his Italian roots.

When describing the leap he took, he explained, "textiles and making things, practical things which have personal meaning are important to me. I had the Bramalta designs in mind, and I do all the drawing and coloring myself.  I kept searching until I found the best people to work with. Then, I had to teach myself how to design a textile and just be an editor." A love of textiles and historical archives stemmed from Donis's Italian heritage, travels and inspirational grandmother. As a child, he would join her on fabric and lace buying trips in the Puglia region, famous for its wool, where his appreciation for the textile arts began. The creative process takes time, having created over 10,000 sketches and ideas for designs, he acknowledges the execution of a pattern is complex and varied.

What appeals to me are his vivid color combinations and playful patterns like the flamestitch, for their updated historical reference points. You can find the prints at Travis and Co in Atlanta, and if you are interested in carrying the Bramalta Collection, reach out to them here.

Zig Zag in Aqua is inspired by a classic Egg and Dart motif

Zig Zag in Fuschia

Zig Zag in Orange 

Zig Zag in Red

Zig Zag in Yellow

Zig Zag in Blue

Rosette and Fret in Green

Rosette and Fret in Red

Arts and Crafts in Blue

Arts and Crafts in Red

Boccanera in Aqua and Green

Kerman in Blues

Fiamma in Green

Fiamma in Blue


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Burrow and Hive
With the gift show just around the corner, I am starting get excited about all the new companies that will be making their debuts. The show provides a much larger stage for a new brand, and gives them the opportunity to attract a nationwide retail presence, a global e-commerce presence, and a wider visibility that will hopefully kickstart their company.
Burrow and Hive, started by creative sister act  Newell Freivogel and Sally Gates is one such company. Both attended my alma mater, Trinity College and we were all art history majors. When they reached out to me with this news, I was thrilled- this is the best part of being a blogger. I get to write about cool gals like this. The Chicago-based sisters combined their unique architecture and textile backgrounds to create a fresh textile collection that draws from nature. Produced in New England, their designs are available as pillows and by the yard. They also have wool or cotton scarves, the accessory du jour, as well as little pouches, placemats and bedding.  Their color palette is vivid, with grass green and tomato, mint and royal blue. Their abstracted designs mix well with florals and stripes, adding a nice geometric touch. They have been making the trunk show rounds and have a growing retail presence. Making their big debut at the New York Gift Show in a few weeks, you can visit with them at Pier 94 at Booth 45058.  Tell them Stylebeat sent you! 

 The girls at a trunk show.

 Chairs upholstered in Wings, an all-over geometric with a Navajo vibe.

Wings in dusk
Lumbar pillow in Wings, dusk

Wings in tomato

Wings Lumbar in tomato

Wings in leaf
Wings Lumbar in leaf

Wings in true blue

Wings Lumbar in true blue

Wings in sand

Wings Lumbar in sand

Frond in tulip
Frond Lumbar  in tulip
Frond in fieldstone
Frond Lumbar in fieldstone

Frond in mint
 Frond Lumbar in mint

 Frond in periwinkle
Frond Lumbar in periwinkle 

Their foray into bedding with a tight floral pattern, Wings.
Wings cotton placemat in leaf

Wings cotton placemat in tomato

Cotton scarves printed in India have been hot items for summer travel


by Marisa Marcantonio

Small, independent fabric companies are making a big splash lately. Creating fresh new designs with an artistic, handmade bent, these little companies have a lot to say. Using unique color combinations with a natural, unstylized take on florals and linear patterns, this crop of textile designers create micro trends that are bubbling up causing stylish interior designers to take notice.


Boston-based and Bombay-born,  Seema Krish fuses Eastern and Western design in her vibrant embroidered textiles.

Photos courtesy of Seema Krish

Breach Candy

 Altamount Road

Malabar Hill




The travels of a boy and his dog. That's what inspired New York-based Zak Profera and his ZAK + FOX collection, which can be found at Studio Four in New York City and Harbinger on the West Coast. As if on a modern day Grand Tour, Profera imagined being on a pilgrimage to reveal ancient textile treasures with his fox-like Shibu Inu.

Photos courtesy of Zak and Fox






RISD- educated textile designer Laura Linhardt uses a painterly hand creating textiles that look as though they were done with watercolors and sometimes, a dull crayon for a wonderful effect. 

Photos courtesy of Laura Lienhard

Ikat in ocean

Intaglio in blue wash on Belgian linen

Laura Leinhard's Trellis in blue

Forsythia in rust


Artist Alex Mason and Brian Ferrick fuse the best of both worlds, with Mason's artistic talents and Ferrick's production savvy, they make a perfect design duo with Ferrick Mason. The LA-based friends have struck a fresh design chord with prints that are full of life, interesting colors and unexpected patterns. Seek them out at Studio Four and Thomas Lavin.

Photos courtesy of Ferrick Mason




Bizzy Bloom

 Calliandra, an industry favorite




After honing her design eye as a long time interiors editor, Carolina Irving knew exactly what she wanted to create with her textile collection. Layering ethnic textiles from far off lands at home, she channeled the way she lived into a cool collection of loose geometrics and subtly colored wash prints. Get transported by her prints at Rosselli in NYC and Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home in LA

 Photos courtesy of Carolina Irving







Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving joined forces to create a caftan-centric clothing collection Irving and Fine a few years back and both have a passion for textiles. Fine, based in Paris and New York, loves the thill of the global hunt Her travels to India are the basis for this  fabric line, and the colors and patterns of the country provide an endless stream of creative output. Lisa Fine Textiles can be seen at John Rosselli, Travis and Company in Atlanta and Hollywood at Home in LA.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Fine Textiles


 Baroda II




Having worked for the likes of Tom Ford and other fashion luminaries as well as Liberty of London, British textile designer Lindsey Alker has earned her stripes over the past 20 years. You can find her fabrics at Harbinger in LA:

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Alker

A stack of her wood block printed textiles that feels like a distant descendant of the Bloomsbury Group.


Cliff End 



Nook Beach


Angela Clinton creates Parlor Textiles, her eco-conscious fabrics in North Carolina. Harnessing the beauty of nature, her designs are soft and easy.



Calantha Stamp


Indian Deco Floral


Simple Ikat


Interior designer Katie Leede takes her inspiration from her wanderlust.  Having traveled to far-reaching corners of the globe, she collected antique textiles from the island for a tribal - meets - Japanese flavor for her latest additions to Digs By Katie.

 Photos courtesy of Digs by Katie/Katie Leede

Kimono Positive

Kyoto Key 

Pomegranates and Peonies 

Cloud Scroll Positive


Galbraith and Paul

got their start making hand-printed paper wrapped pendant lighting, and have garnered quite a following for their fabulous hand-blocked prints. Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul expanded the pattern assortment with rugs, which are also wonderful. Hand-printed in Philadelphia, their sophisticated color palettes and compelling combinations are ever inventive and always very now. You can locate them at Holland and Sherry and Thomas Lavin in LA.

Photos courtesy of Galbraith and Paul

The blue color story for Pomegranate, Ribbon, Monarch, and Lotus prints

Lotus in all colorways

Pomegranate (a fabric I adore and am coveting for my own home)

Primitive flower in gradient oranges and pinks 




The Living Vintage Collection, created by Alt For Living's Analisse Taft, uses vintage screens from the 1940's-1970's colored for today.  Her signature line is available through her Alt For Living Soho showroom.

Photos courtesy of Alt For Living 


 Jimmy G.



Design journalist turned textile designer,  Michael Devine has created a fresh line of monochromatic prints that are traditional pretty injected with an airy lightness.  Hand-printed in Brooklyn, his designs also grace trays and accessories. They can be found at Studio Four in New York, Ainsworth- Noah in Atlanta and Kathryn M. Ireland in LA.

Venice in fresh new sorbet colors  

A new leaf print


Bringing her painterly sensibility to everything she does, artist Tanya Vartan began her career in fashion. She recently brought back those prints for home, launching with John Rosselli. Her free spirited, whimsical depictions of a field of flowers, birds in flight and even stippled linear dots will bring a smile to your face.


Dotty Stripe

Japanese Sparrows

Chinese Horses

Kyoto Iris