• Introducing Chieftain Ravel

    Introduction

    Chieftain Fabrics traditionally manufacture PVC fabric for the contract market and have been successfully doing so for the last 70 years.  However, we felt the time was right to introduce our first woven collection to our range.

    We knew from the start that any woven fabric we launched would need to have the same high performance characteristics as our faux leather so that the two would work in tandem as well as independently.

    Introducing Ravel: A  high performance, 100% Polyester fabric with the same high performance characteristics as our coated fabrics.

    • Crib 5
    • 100,000 Martindale Rubs
    • Teflon™ Coated
    • Waterproof
    • Antimicrobial

    Colour Choice

    Ravel is suitable for every sector, from Hospitality to Healthcare and is perfect for all contract applications.

    Ravel’s vibrant colour palette was carefully chosen to complement our existing colour ranges. This ensures the selection process is as straightforward as possible. Altogether, there are 20 colourways within the Ravel collection, selected  in keeping with the colour trends of 2019/2020.

    Teflon™

    Ravel is treated with a stain resistant finish (Teflon™) which provides an invisible force field that helps keep upholstery free from stains, blemishes and life’s daily mishaps. Textiles treated with Teflon™ fabric protector are easy to clean, easy to care for and help to lower the impact on the environment.

    The Teflon™ brand is mostly known for its non-stick protection, however Teflon™ fabric protector provides the same invisible force field for fabrics. It forms a molecular shield around fibres, guarding against oil and water-based stains, dust and dry soil, all without impacting the look, touch, feel or colour of the fabric.

     

    Environmental Impact

    Caring for our planet is always on our minds at Chieftain Fabrics, so it was very important that our woven collection followed our sustainability ethos. Where Teflon™ is concerned their motto is ‘less staining, less energy, less environmental impact’. The innovative short-chain chemistry behind the Teflon™ fabric protector portfolio offers advanced care for a better planet. Liquid spills, dust and dirt are effortlessly repelled from the surface of the fabric, reducing the frequency of washing required. Ground in stains can be removed easily with lower water temperatures, using less detergent and reduced drying times. These benefits translate to an extended life for fabric, keeping textiles out of landfills and looking newer longer, while also reducing demands on natural resources and lowering energy consumption – resulting in less impact on the planet.

    The Teflon™ fabric protector is scientifically designed to comply with existing regulations:

    • Compliant with all four classes of Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, and Bluesign® approved.
    • Meets the goals of U.S. EPA 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Programme.
    • Compliant with EU Directive 2006/122/EC.
    • Meets the commitments of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap
    • Innovative short-chain fabric protection products have compelling global environmental benefits and cannot break down to PFOA in the environment.
    • Listed on existing regulatory inventories, including U.S., Europe, China, Korea and Japan.

    Go ahead, order your Ravel samples today and if you have any queries, please let us know:

    https://chieftainfabrics.com/product-category/chieftain-ravel/

  • Recycled Cotton

    Why recycled cotton?

    Sustainability is increasingly at the forefront of product decision, brand initiatives and strategic planning when it comes to textiles. The use of recycled materials is becoming increasingly important as manufacturers evaluate their supply chain as well as their carbon footprint.

    Recycled cotton is a great alternative to regular cotton, since it uses no water or chemicals in its manufacturing process and requires no farmland.  Obviously, because this is a recycled product, there are no pesticides involved in its production.

    Textile recycling is generated from two primary sources:

    1. Pre-consumer: includes scraps created by yarn and fabric by-products
    2. Post-consumer: includes garments, upholstery, towels, sheets and household items

    The largest volume of recycled cotton sources is produced through pre-consumer waste, such as cutting scraps. Post-consumer waste is more difficult to sort through due to various colour shades, fabric blends, and it is generally a more labour-intensive process.  Recycled cotton fibres are often shorter than virgin cotton which limits their end-use applications.  Frequently, recycled cotton is blended with other textiles to ensure its uniformity, strength and durability.

    However, the benefits of recycled cotton far outweigh its shortcomings. Using recycled fibres greatly reduces CO² and fossil fuel emissions.  Recycling diverts cotton from landfill. In 2018, over 300,000 tonnes of textiles went to landfill in the UK alone¹, so clearly recycling is one of the ways forward to make our textiles industry more sustainable.

    A small basket made from wood with textile waste.

  • Just Colour is Changing

    At Chieftain Fabrics, our sustainability ethos is paramount.

    In keeping with this ethos, we constantly update our ingredients to ensure they are of the highest quality.

    Our Just Colour range has Crib 7 certification which means high levels of flame retardants are part of its formula. We have decided to reduce the level of flame retardants in Just Colour to bring it back to Crib 5 certification.

    Going forward, Chieftain will be introducing a new capsule Crib 7 range; Chieftain Bulletproof, which will meet the needs of customers who require an extreme performance vinyl and the peace of mind that brings.

    Making these changes will ensure that we can keep our prices down and also lessen Chieftain’s impact on the environment.

    Which is always a good thing.

     

    Please let us know if you have any queries. Our team are always happy to answer questions or help in any way that we can.

  • DSP Interiors Using Just Colour

    When KTM Sportmotorcycles UK Ltd decided to transform two commercial units into their new UK headquarters, they called on the award-winning interior specialists DSP (Interiors) Ltd to design and fit out their new home at Silverstone Park.

    The brief was to showcase KTM Motorcycles, including the Husqvarna brand in a high-end dealership presentation facility and to incorporate workshops, training areas and shopfront displays.

    Just Colour Cobalt was chosen as the main fabric for the seating in this build. They knew as experienced designers that Just Colour was a product that would be suited to both the aesthetic demands of the project and the challenge of the racing environment.

    DSP (Interiors) Ltd won a FIS Contractors ‘Gold’ award for this project so clearly we’re not the only ones who think they did a great job. Equally, DSP (Interiors) Ltd were impressed with our products:

    “Having utilised Chieftain for a number of years on a variety of bespoke projects we chose ‘Just Colour’ straight away. Aesthetically the colours in the range are so vivid and coupled with the high quality, durable finish made it a perfect choice for this prestigious fit out. “

    Aaron Buchan, Design & Estimating Manager, DSP (Interiors) Ltd.

    Visit DSPs  website on: https://www.dsp-solutions.co.uk

  • Collaboration with Irish Designer Tricia Harris

    When we at Chieftain Fabrics decided to participate in Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, we wanted to focus upon Irish Design. It was essential that any collaboration between Chieftain and the potential designer would be a smooth process so some experience of working with leather or faux leather was a must.

    Tricia Harris, a young Irish furniture designer seemed the perfect fit for Chieftain. Her unusual design for the Lazy Lounger was a long time in the making but worth the effort and we felt it highlighted our vinyl and faux leather beautifully. This was Tricia’s first time working with vinyl. She has made a number of loungers with real leather upholstery, however after using faux leather she has said she will definitely be encouraging eco-friendly vinyl as a more sustainable option going forward.

    The oak and walnut frame, handmade in Ireland, provides the perfect contrast for Just Colour and Lionella respectively.

    Tricia recently took part in a short interview with Sinead Doyle of Chieftain Fabrics and if you’re curious about this passionate Irish Designer, read on…

     

    Tricia Harris

    1. How long have you been a designer?

    I have been in business as a furniture designer for 5yrs. Before this I was lecturing in Design and Furniture for a number of years. During this time I worked on creating pieces for my portfolio before eventually making the decision to begin setting up a business. Like most creatives, I have always been making from a young age and used to love losing myself for hours in projects as a kid. I would always try to put my own stamp on things so I suppose I have always been a designer at heart too!

     

    1. Where did you study?

    I studied for 4yrs at The Furniture College Letterfrack in Connemara, Co. Galway. I completed a degree in Furniture Design and Manufacture. I loved my time there and it was an excellent college to study at. The focus was very much on learning the skills to make finely crafted furniture and the importance of attention to detail, in doing things considerately and to strive for perfection. I loved the design element and the challenge of working to a brief and creating something unique.

     

    1. Who is your favourite designer?

    This is an easy one for me – it has to be Eileen Gray. She has always been an inspiration for me. Not only as a successful Irish female designer in a predominantly male industry but the fact that she was a pioneer and pushed boundaries with her modern designs. I am also influenced by the production-led development of her work in later years. I love that she was still designing in her late nineties, right up to when she died – the continued desire to create, it was more than being about work and making money; design was a lifelong passion and just part of who she was.

     

    1. What is your inspiration behind the lazy loungers?

    I wanted to create a chair that was not a regular armchair or reading chair. I like the idea that the user has to interact with it in a different way; they get in and out of it in a different way to a regular chair. The other concept behind it was that it would be a chair where you would sit and relax and do nothing. Maybe listen to music or look out at a view or just sit and close your eyes. Even though I designed and made the original Lazy Lounger in 2003 as my 2nd year final project, I think having an inviting space to relax and take some time out from our current fast-paced lives is even more relevant now.

     

    1. Why did you enter design and choose working with furniture in particular?

    I was incredibly lucky to have supportive parents and teachers who encouraged me to apply to The Furniture College in Letterfrack. At the time it seemed like the most natural avenue for me to go down as I enjoyed Woodwork and Construction Studies in secondary school and had a huge interest in the practical nature of these subjects.  I do often ask myself why I chose furniture as a career though as there are certainly more glamourous design disciplines and more business-led ones! But for me it is a love of creating things that are functional and beautiful. I always loved working with wood as a material and I like the long-lasting nature of furniture, something that is more important now than ever.

    Tricia Harris is based in Chocolate Factory Creative Arts Centre in Dublin.

    www.triciaharris.ie

    Photography is by Brendan Ryan, also based in Chocolate Factory Creative Arts Centre in Dublin.

    www.brendanryan.ie

     

  • Chieftain Fabrics at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

     

    We were lucky enough to take part in Clerkenwell Design Week once again this year. As before, our stand was in the Project and the Chieftain team were surrounded by familiar faces.  Chieftain’s ethos of sustainability was once more the key message of our stand. Wellies made from our recycled PVC proved a great talking point as people are becoming increasingly interested in recycling and protecting our planet.  Our new PU range (Chieftain Luxe) drew a lot of interest also and we were delighted with the response to our colour choices.

    Our Summer soirée went down a treat on Wednesday night and gave us an opportunity to talk to our visitors in a more relaxed setting.  Prosecco and canapés made for an enjoyable evening for everybody there.  The party spilled out into the sunny Clerkenwell evening and conversation continued until late.

    The Chieftain stand stood out in the Project as it was so well-lit. Our upholstered panels (made by Global Upholstery) drew the eye as well as our loungers and seating area. As a contrast to our (very) bright and colourful stand, marshmallows from the The Marshmallowist provided a sugar hit for tired visitors.

    Chieftain Fabrics will return to Clerkenwell Design Week in 2019 to surprise and delight with several new ranges. We’ll see you then!

  • The Colour Purple

    Pantone have announced that the colour of the year 2018 is Ultraviolet.  This is a symbolic colour selection; a snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

    A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future” Pantone®

    Chieftain Fabrics recently exhibited at the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt. Apart from exhibiting and getting the opportunity to meet with our European customers, the show provided a great opportunity to attend lectures presented by professionals in their field. We particularly enjoyed a  lecture by Yvonne Jaklitsch from Pantone, who spoke about new colour trends  for 2019 as well as the colour of the year for 2018, Ultraviolet, and their reasons for choosing this colour.  

    Jacklitsch spoke about lifestyle trends for 2019 which were interesting and gave much food for thought. She noted that people are beginning to step away from passive consumption towards active participation. Apparently, we are revising our lifestyle choices  and returning to the essential elements of our lives such as family and friends.

    In 2017, Greenery was the Pantone colour of the year which signified a desire to reconnect with Nature as well as a concern for the planet and its future.  We were seeking to revive our lifestyle choices and combining the use of raw materials with modern technology.

    So how can this be applied in real terms?

    Jacklitsch pronounced the Ultraviolet colour choice to be a provocative and thoughtful shade, which communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking which points us towards the future.

    It has been proven that purple is associated with the release of stress.  Meditation is also associated with the colour purple, because of its connection with the lavender plant and its relaxing properties.

    Thanks to the calming, de-stressing and provocative qualities of this colour, Jacklitsch believes we will begin to see purple LED lights in showers in hotel rooms, purple floral patterns in fashion design as well as an increasing popularity of superfoods such as beetroot and red cabbage.

    “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Pantone ®

    Find our Ultra Violet Colours here:

    http://chieftainfabrics.com/ranges/ultraviolet/

    http://chieftainfabrics.com/ranges/erica/

    http://chieftainfabrics.com/ranges/tulip/

  • Chieftain Fabrics & Sustainability

    It is easy to pay lip service to the need to protect our planet.

    We know at Chieftain Fabrics that it is essential to do more than this. Planning a sustainable future for our company and our products is vital if we are to grow and develop.

    Our products are made using the earth’s natural resources and yet these resources are limited. It is crucial therefore, that we develop our formulae whilst considering the environ- mental impact of our production.

    It is not an easy task to produce a high quality, high performance vinyl fabric that has little impact on the environment. Here, at Chief- tain Fabrics, this is our goal. Through making small frequent changes to our ingredients and production methods, we hope to eventually manufacture a coated fabric that is PVC free and yet fulfils all the requirements of a

    high-performance contract fabric. Our production team plan to produce this by 2020.

    In the meantime, however, let us tell you about the changes we have already made and those we plan on making this year, 2018.

    Organic Cotton Backing Cloth

    In 2016 Chieftain Fabrics replaced all conventionally-grown cotton with organic cotton. This was done in order to lessen the environmental impact of our fabrics.

    What is “organic cotton?”

    Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 11% of all pesticides used in the world are used on just one crop: cotton.

    Also, in order to gain organic status all organic cotton is grown from non-genetical- ly modified seeds.

    Organic farmers use crop rotation, compost, cover crops and weed by hand or machine. They rely on the seasons for defoliation rather than on toxic chemicals.

    Water

    As a result of increased organic matter in the soil, water is retained more efficiently. Also, as there are no pesticides or fertilizers used in its production, organic cotton farming does not lead to groundwater contamination.

    Emissions

    Organic cotton produces far fewer CO2

    emissions to the air than the production of conventional cotton with only 3.75 kg of CO2 being emitted per ton of spun fibre. Conven- tional cotton production produces 5.89 kg of CO2 on average.

    Why choose organic cotton?

    Supporting organic agriculture is essential to creating improved working conditions for farm workers. By choosing organically grown cotton, we reap all the benefits of cotton, its strength and beauty while minimizing harm to both humans and our planet.

     

     

    Organic Pigments

     


    All pigments used in our products are organic.

    That is to say that all of our pigments are made from natural sources such as plants and plant products or other carbon-based life forms.

    They contain no heavy metals and are more stable than inorganic dyes.

    Organic dyes allow for high intensity bright colours.

    Organic pigments are based on carbon rings or carbon chains. Inorganic pigments are not based on carbon and could consist of metal oxides or other naturally occurring ingredients.

    From a standpoint of molecular structure, that is the primary difference, although organic pigments can contain inorganic elements that help stabilize the properties of the organic, carbon-based component.

     

    Recycled Polyester


    The reason recycled polyester is considered a green option in textiles today is because the energy required to make the recycled polyes- ter is less than what was needed to make the virgin polyester in the first place, so we save energy.At Chieftain Fabrics, we use recycled polyester thread which is made from resin produced from plastic bottles recovered from landfill.

    We’re also keeping plastic bottles out of landfill.

    Most people believe that plastics can be infinitely recycled, creating new prod- ucts of a value equal to the old bottles that they dutifully recycle. Unfortunate- ly, this is not the case. Every time plastic is recycled, the polymer is degraded and must be used to make lower quality products.

    So, for example, recycled plastic could be made into products such as polyester fibres, casing for electric wires, polyester filler for pillows or carpets. These second generation plastics may be recycled a second time into carpet, speed bumps or even park benches.

    We recycle our PVC with P.P.H.U Kajmax in cooperation with EMABO (a member of Recovinyl).

    Our Packaging

     

    All of our pallets are made from recycled wood sourced from FSC approved mills in the United Kingdom and Spain. We use and reuse all of our pallets for shipping. All cardboard too, is recycled and sourced from FSC approved sources including the cardboard cores we use to package our fabric. We reuse packaging where possible and recycle when necessary.

    Only recycled polythene is used to package our vinyl and this in turn is recycled.

    In our main office, we print invoices and statements only where it is unavoidable. We sepa- rate all waste and use only energy-efficient light bulbs.

    Recycling our Products

    We recycle approximately 500kg of PVC every month.

    Our PVC is recycled mechanically, not chemically. It is shredded into particles of approximately 8mm. This is the ideal size for the next stage of recycling as it can be immediately used on the production line for its next incarnation.

    The shredded PVC can be extruded, coated or modified through granulation, powdering or mixing with other products.

    Its applications are numerous.

    Our products go into making wellington boots but it is also frequently used for insulation or electric cable coating amongst other things.

            

     

     

     

  • Organic Cotton Backing Cloth

    Chieftain Fabrics and Sustainability

    At Chieftain Fabrics, we are aware of how important it is to look after our planet.  We insist on only the best REACH compliant ingredients going into our vinyl fabric and we want to make as little impact on the environment as possible. For this reason, we use 100% organic cotton for the backing cloth on our faux leather Lionella range.

    What is “organic cotton?”

    Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 11% of all pesticides used in the world are used on just one crop: cotton.

    Also, in order to gain organic status all organic cotton is grown from non-genetically modified seeds.  Organic farmers use crop rotation, compost, cover crops and weed by hand or machine.  They rely on the seasons for defoliation rather than on toxic chemicals.

    Water

    As a result of increased organic matter in the soil, water is retained more efficiently.  Also, as there are no pesticides or fertilizers used in its production, organic cotton farming does not lead to groundwater contamination.

    Emissions

    Organic cotton produces far fewer CO2 emissions to the air than the production of conventional cotton with only 3.75 kg of CO2 being emitted per ton of spun fibre. Conventional cotton production produces 5.89 kg of CO2 on average.

    Why choose organic cotton?

    Supporting organic agriculture is essential to creating improved working conditions for farm workers.  By choosing organically grown cotton, we reap all the benefits of cotton, its strength and beauty while minimizing harm to both humans and our planet.

     

  • Chieftain Fabrics Stand Chieftain Fabrics at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

    Chieftain Fabrics Stand

    May 23rd – 25th 2017 was the first time that Chieftain Fabrics exhibited at the Clerkenwell Design Festival. We have visited Clerkenwell Design week in the past, but this year’s experience was totally different. It was great to be a part of this prestigious event.

    Chieftain Fabrics Stand

    Clerkenwell is an area of London which is home to many creative businesses and architects making it one of the most important design hubs in the world. Clerkenwell Design Week was created to showcase leading UK and International brands which are presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area. This year CDW celebrated its 8th year and it is clear that the award winning show has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival. There were more than 300 exhibiting brands with over 34,000 visitors during the three days of the festival. We were proud to be part of this event. With so many companies without showroom facilities in the Clerkenwell area, it is fantastic to still feel welcome to exhibit in any of the pop up areas at the heart of the festival.

    CLerkenwell Design Week Stand

    Chieftain Fabrics exhibited in the Project area of Clerkenwell and we can not recommend it highly enough. On the day before the show began the set-up ran like clockwork. Workers were onsite to help with lighting, carpet or any technical issues and were very obliging, nothing was too much trouble. The show organisers were always on hand from start to finish.

    Throughout the 3 days of the festival we met interesting people from both the UK and abroad. There was a constant buzz of people in the surrounding areas and everyone was there for the same purpose – to learn something new about design. We really enjoyed our time in Clerkenwell Design Week and it felt very special to be a part of the event itself. So much so, in fact, that we are looking forward to exhibiting at the event in the Project area next year.

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