The Bold New World of High-Tech Fabrics

IFAI supplies the info-network that helps its member companies navigate a big, complex industry By Lynn Ascrizzi If someone asked you to make a list of every type of fabric you could think of -natural or synthetic, traditional or industrial - how many could you actually name?  I gave myself that challenge recently, and here’s what I came up with: OK — cotton, linen, wool, nylon, rayon, silk, angora, cashmere,

Martin Saddlery:

They Know the Ropes By Nick Pernokas Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Texas, the Equibrand headquarters is an impressive site. The entryway features metal figures from many western disciplines and at the end of the long driveway, the building dominates the surrounding countryside on its knoll overlooking Granbury, Texas. The lobby resembles something that might be in a home in Fort Worth, as does the conference room behind

Peter Hoffman

Creating a Brand By Danna Burns-Shaw When you visit with Peter Hoffman you instantly know he is very passionate about his business.  He dedicates 100% of himself to its success. He is single with no children, so 100 hours a week he takes care of his baby - his brand. Peter comes from a long line of creative artists. At five years old, Peter was already known for his artistic

Chicago’s Last Tannery: Still Thriving After 112 Years

Horween Leather Co. is all about high-end products, good customers and personalized service By Lynn Ascrizzi The next time you’re glued to a TV screen during an NFL Super Bowl game, check out the football getting tossed and kicked around the field. There’s a 100 percent chance it’s made of leather processed and finished at Horween Leather Company, a tannery based in Chicago, Illinois. Tannery owner and president, Arnold “Skip”