The Sucess Of Stan Herman - 21 July 2009
One of the most renowned names in the renewal of chenille is non other than designer, Stan Herman.
Stan Herman has being creating apparel, lounge wear and in particular the chenille robes for over four decades. Herman graduated in 1950 from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) and is now know as one of Americas best designers as well as gaining his reputation as a fierce political activist in a community of fashion designers.
The designer currently creates and presents on shopping television network QVC, after celebrating over a decade of success with the channel.
Stan Herman has received numerous awards throughout his career, alongside being the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the designer was awarded three Coty Awards for the creation of Mr Mort, a phenomenon of ready to wear in the 60's and early 70's. Herman was also the 2006 winner of the Geoffrey Been Lifetime Achievement Award at the Council FDA Awards.
Herman's use of chenille in his lounge wear collection for apparel manufacturer Crowntuft, a division of Kellwood Co, St Louis, saw the two Stan Herman lines contribute over $4.5 million.
Crowntuft started as a family ownership, only to be later sold to Kellwood, sadly leading to the demise and eventual closure of the USA plant.
Herman's lounge wear and the chenille robes are now manufactured by, Kellwood's joint venture company in Pakistan.
Sadly the quality of the chenille garments has degraded since the move and Stan Herman customers have noticed the difference in quality. This is due to the difficult manufacturing process, which has not settled as well in Pakistan as some loyal customers would like.
The two other major chenille producers, Andrew Russell Designs and Kinnaird Ireland have always stayed true to the quality of their products. They continue to make high quality robes in poodle chenille which is created by dyeing finished garments in comparison to the Pakistan manufacture, where the cloth is dyed and the garments are then made.
Kinnaird Ireland still make their famous superluxe chenille. This is a heavier version of standard poodle chenille, which gives a superior textured finish with a lush pile. It is achieved through a specialist manufacturing process and garment dyeing in specialist machinery.
One thing that Stan Herman and Kinnaird Ireland have in common is their design vision. Herman's design message has remained simple. Real clothing designed with the wearer in mind, but with a sense of frivolity, taken lightly and not too seriously. Designs should be accessible with an affordable price, good design does not require a high price tag.
According to Stan Herman's social networking site, Twitter, the designer is getting ready to devise his lounge and robes Fall 2010 range.