ITA MEMBER NEWS NEW MEMBER America Leather Resources Based in Brazil with U.S. offices in High Point and Tupelo, America Leather Resources is a global organization offering a wide assortment of fashion-forward, highquality upholstery leathers of exceptional value. Our offerings include high performance leathers with a supple hand; suedes in rich, stylish colors and textures that feel like velvet; hair-onhide, carefully-curated patterns and full-grain leathers produced in Italy and stocked locally. Visit us at HFRC Suite 203 with PMT Fabrics at Showtime or americaleather.com.br.
CREST LEATHER ACQUIRES ITALIAN-BASED I.C. INDUSTRIA CONCIARIA S.R.L. Crest Leather, a leading manufacturer of upholstery leather, announces the acquisition of I.C. Industria Conciaria S.R.L in Arzignano, Italy. IC produces wet-blue and wet-white hides, meeting the highest environmental standards, and is Gold Certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), like Crest’s flagship tannery in Chiampo. The acquisition further strengthens Crest’s position as a vertically integrated operation, having full control of the tanning process from raw material to finished leather. Crest Leather is a global tanning group with U.S. operations in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a permanent showroom in High Point. With a commitment to sustainability and a Gold Rating by the Leather Working Group, Crest Leather’s flagship tannery is a leading producer of the finest Italian leather for use in upholstery, hospitality, and interior design. For more information visit www.crestleather.com.
DALLAS MARKET CENTER AND ART ANNOUNCE HEARTS AWARDS HONOREES Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced the 13 honorees for the HEARTS Awards, taking place January 8. The HEARTS Awards, to be hosted by Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia, is a one-time special event to take place during the January Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas. The event is being held in partnership and solidarity with thirteen leading industry organizations to honor thirteen companies that have shown outstanding leadership, empathy and service during the COVID-19 pandemic by going above and beyond in service to their industry
and/or community. The event also includes a fundraising auction supporting No Kid Hungry. THE HONOREES ARE: • No Kid Hungry, presented by ART and Dallas Market Center • American Leather Holdings, presented by American Home Furnishings Alliance • Serta Simmons, presented by American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame • WAC Lighting, presented by the American Lighting Association • Stephen Joseph Gifts, presented by Gift & Home Trade Association • Mercado Global, presented by Gift for Life • Baltimore Design Group, presented by Interior Design Society • Telescope Casual Furniture, presented by International Casual Furnishings Association • Norwalk Furniture, presented by International Home Furnishings Representative Association • Otto & Moore, presented by International Society of Furniture Designers • Crypton Fabric, presented by International Textile Alliance • Varaluz, presented by Sustainable Furnishings Council • Ekornes, presented by WithIt “Never before have so many industry organizations joined together for such an important cause,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “During challenging times, we are proud to unite these leaders for such an inspiring event and to share their stories of heart-based leadership.” “I am amazed at the compassion, the selflessness, and the leadership shown by these companies over the past several months,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART. “Their individual efforts supported communities around the world, and their collective efforts helped hundreds of thousands of people. This year we will celebrate their achievements and at the same time work together to raise funds for hunger relief with a creative silent auction.” The HEARTS Awards silent auction will feature more than 70 one-of-a-kind plates creatively transformed by artists, designers, celebrities, influencers and special guests to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The auction will begin online in early November ahead of The HEARTS Awards and will conclude on the evening of the event. Participating in the creative fundraiser are figures from the world of product design, interior design, and the arts including Jane Seymour, Thom Filicia, Bobby Berk, Justina Blakeney, Carson Kressley, Thomas O’Brien,