Wamsutta taking aim at stores' top shelves
By Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 4/7/2003 12:00:00 AM
AT THE NEW YORK MARKET —
Springs Industries is kicking its Wamsutta towel line up a notch — and in the process is taking dead aim at the hallowed spot at department stores long held by Pillowtex's top-of-the-line Charisma.
The new Wamsutta Supima towel is "hyper-spun," a process that results in plied yarn on the towel face and single yarn on the back. Domestically made, the 21-pound towel is sized 30" x 56" for the bath and retails at $15.99. Charisma's 30" x 56" towel generally retails at $25.00, although sale prices can range from $19.99 all the way down to $9.99.
"We feel we've really come up with something that can go after that Charisma slot," said Nancy Webster, senior vp, creative development.
The $14.99 Wamsutta Centennial towel, previously Springs' upper-price-point offering, will remain in the line, Webster said.
Wamsutta Supima will launch with 13 colors: white, ivory, truffle, crème brulee, mist, mauve, olive, pistachio, marine, cordovan, russet, storm and harvest.
Elsewhere in bath, accessories in Springs' Regal line are being repositioned as a textural, solid-color story driven primarily by the core solid-color bath rug offerings, Webster said. The overall direction will be contemporary and department store-oriented.
"We felt we really need to elevate the styling characteristics," she added.
A new core solid-color towel, Dimensions, is diagonally ribbed in construction. Shower curtains feature pintucking, pleating and a variety of textural fabrics.
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