I checked my email a final time as I was wrapping up a week only to learn that Brunschwig & Fils is filing for chapter 11. Such a sad day for those of us who love fabrics!
A little background. Achille Brunschwig established Brunschwig & Fils in 1900 as a tapestry-weaving mill in Aubusson and Bohain, in France. Early in the twentieth century, the firm expanded its collection to include printed and woven silks and cottons from the finest European mills and serviced both the European and American markets. At the onset of WWII the company cleverly substituted parachute cloth for silk, unbleached muslin for linen, and found American mills to weave and print the designs, all to great acclaim. I alwasy knew I could look to Brunschwig for the most lovely prints and wovens and to this day one memorable reupholstery project brings back images of the most colorful velvets I’ve ever used.
The press release I read indicated that Kravet is making a competitive bid to purchase Brunschwig, and although Kravet is a wonderful company with lovely fabrics of its own, they are entirely of a different mold.
Brunschwig, you will be missed by many!