Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A History of Brunchwig & Fils

Recently I had the privilege of viewing the new product line for Brusnschwig & Fils and hearing the history of this legendary textile mill.  Les Alizés (Tradewinds) is the latest collection in a rich line of textiles produced by Brunschwig & Fils.  

Steven Elrod, VP and Director of Design, is seen here showing the new line.

Brunschwig & Fils began in the Alsace region of France.  In 1871 it moved to Paris as an exporter of fine materials for other family mills like Stoheim and Schumacher. By the end of WWI Brunschwig had positioned itself as a major textile exporter to the United States for all mills.  WWII was the impetus for B & F to produce material in the USA.  With a war raging in Europe, it became near impossible for textiles to be sent overseas.  It began with printed prints previously found on brocade silks onto cotton.  This allowed for bright and vibrant color to be printed. Additionally,  B & F was the first to scheme rooms with color flags.  

Today B & F has the largest archive collection of any fabric mill. They are known for their fresh color, French point of view and traditional style with a fun and whimsical flair. 

"Good Design is Forever!"

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