Textiles: Carnegie: Tribute

Novelty patterns and trendy hues lend to a vibrant aesthetic while old-world opulence projects luxury and history. But sometimes a project calls for the timelessness that only modern-classic styling and durable construction can offer. With longevity in materials and aesthetics at the forefront of the concept, Carnegie’s Tribute collection was launched this year.

Conceived during the textile manufacturer’s 60th anniversary in 2010, the Tribute collection is fittingly inspired by Carnegie founder Bob Goldman—affectionately referred to as Mr. G—and his WWII-era military jacket. “Mr. G arrived with his coat one day, and it reminded us that well designed, high-quality pieces endure,” says Mary Holt, Carnegie’s executive vice president of creative. Pristinely preserved and still au current, the jacket, along with other classic menswear fashions of the 1940s, inform the four styles offered in the line, though Holt updated and translated them for upholstery and drapery use.

Heritage is an upholstery product that plays on herringbone patterns, but exaggerates the pattern scale to give the style a modern twist. Icon is a mohair-wool and nylon solid, also for upholstery applications, modeled on the plush hand of WWII military uniforms. Suited for drapery, Legacy sports horizontal bands of varying widths in tri-color combinations. And Lineage is a wool-polyester solid with subtle, delicate striations. All are offered in neutral-yet-elegant palettes that are equally timeless.

“The collection embodies all of the things I love about my work with Carnegie: honest, classic, high quality, with timeless design and color,” says Holt. “It was a privilege to design a collection in honor of Mr. G—he is a pioneer in our industry and an inspiration to all that work with him.”


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