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Lonnie Scheps

Lonnie Scheps

Knapp Named Anna’s Linens Senior Window Buyer; Negrete Promoted to Fashion Bedding Buyer
Anna’s Linens has appointed Jennifer Knapp senior buyer of window coverings, and has promoted Maggie Negrete fashion bedding buyer.

Both Knapp and Negrete report to Carie Doll, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Knapp is responsible for the buying activities in window treatments, in particular for keeping Anna’s Linens ahead of the latest trends in the category. Negrete has assumed responsibility for buying efforts in fashion bedding.
Before joining Anna’s Linens, Knapp served as a buyer for more than seven years at Shopko Stores. Negrete served in various roles in Anna’s Linens’ merchandising department for more than seven years prior to this appointment.

Scheps Joins Sinomax as Senior VP
Sinomax-USA has named Lonnie Scheps senior vice president, a new position for the manufacturer of bedding and memory-foam sleep products.

Scheps has assumed charge over the company’s sales organization, and reports directly to Frank Chen, president and CEO. Sinomax produces bed pillows, mattresses and mattress toppers, which it markets in North America and Europe.

Before joining Sinomax, Scheps was senior vice president of Hudson Industries. He has also held management positions with Decorite and Carpenter Co., where he launched the company’s consumer division.

Sleep Innovations to Explore Possible Sale
Sleep Innovations has hired the investment banking firm of Sawaya Segalas & Co. to serve as an advisor as it explores a possible sale of the business.

In an interview with HFN, Michael Thompson, Sleep Innovations’ president and CEO, said a sale of the business is “a very strong possibility,” although he added that the company and Sawaya Segalas would explore other alternatives. A sale “would allow us to have a potential lower cost of capital, which would allow us to invest back in the business,” Thompson said. It would enable the company to invest in product development, innovation, marketing, personnel and technologies, he added.

“We’d like to get to market quicker rather than slower,” he said. “Lower cost of capital would allow us to do that.”

A Sleep Innovations statement said the company is looking for ways to reward its current investors for “the value created over the last two years, while attracting longer-term investors committed to the company’s growth plans.”


Ellery to Expand Showroom for March Textiles Market
Ellery Homestyles will add 1,000 square feet to its showroom at 295 Fifth Ave., New York City, in time for the March New York Home Fashions Market.

In a statement, the company said it is enlarging the show space “to accommodate continued growth in its business.” The expansion follows on Ellery’s renovation of the space last year.

The company is also planning new product introductions to several of its brands for the March market. It will expand the Eclipse trademarked brand of blackout window treatments with home theater curtains that it will market under the Absolute Zero brand. It will also enhance the Sound Asleep Room Darkening Curtain line, which is intended to help people with sleep-related problems to achieve a better night’s sleep; and it will add new designs to the Linen House Australia collection in bedding, throws and accessories.

HFPA Sets Textiles Market Dates for 2013
The board of directors of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA) has agreed on the dates for the New York Home Fashions Market in 2013.

The spring market is scheduled for March 18-21, while the fall market will take place from Sept. 23-26.

This month’s New York Home Fashions Market is slated for March 5-8.

Louis Hornick Opens Pop-up Showroom
Louis Hornick & Co. has opened a pop-up showroom in 7 W New York for the upcoming New York Home Fashions Market.

Located in room 813, the showroom provides additional space for the window-treatment manufacturer, whose headquarters and main showroom space are located on 117 E. 38th St. in New York City.

Louis Hornick III, chief operating officer for the company, said the 7 W New York space “provides a compelling atmosphere for Hornick to showcase its new and expanded fabric offerings and product categories to a wider distribution of markets.”