Curating Our Collection
Norwalk is highly regarded for the breadth and depth of our fabric offering. Our fabric buyers travel the world and nation to find the best mill resources, beautiful designs, color trends, and compelling values for our customers.
When curating a functional and beautiful fabric collection, we think of each fabric’s primary decorative use. Will it be used most often on sofas, accent chairs, ottomans, headboards, or decorative pillows? And does it effectively coordinate with other fabric’s color themes, decorative trends, and price points? Do the selections include varied constructions, fibers, pattern designs, and performance capabilities? The final choices are always a rich mix of all these elements. And then just for a little “surprise and delight” we consistently include a few completely otherwise unexpected fabrics in the collection.
Fresh on Trend Fabrics
To keep the offering fresh and on trend, semi-annually we add to and purge from about 100 fabrics in the collection. Similarly, our leather collection of 100 hides, undergoes the same review and reimagining as the fabrics. Our fabric collection is the single biggest financial investment we make of all the many materials in each piece of upholstery. But we maintain significant inventory of all our fabrics and leathers, to manage a very high “in-stock” position, and to keep our 35 day delivery target.
To assist our customers in making their final selections we present a semi-annual fabric and trends presentation, that highlights the “whys, and therefore” of each collection. Additionally, on our website we provide “draping” software that aids in visualizing a fabric on a frame, and a “360 design tool” that greatly simplifies the process of configurating complicated sectional layouts.