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in Decorative Center Houston. Soon after, she took over Ellouise Abbott showrooms there and in Dallas, when longtime owner Betsie Weatherford passed away, merging the showrooms with her own. Hudson's purchase of Rose Cumming and Classic Cloth is signifi cant because it salvages two heritage brands that were at risk of disappearing. Australia-born Rose Cumming founded her design fi rm and antique shop in 1917 in Manhattan, introducing saturated hues, chinoiserie, and chintz to New York society, which embraced her fl amboyance. Cumming designed and printed her own fabrics and had a client list that included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Jacqueline Onassis, and Babe Paley. Cumming's sister, Eileen Cecil, continued the line after the decorator's death in 1968, and the company was sold to Dessin Fournir in the mid-2000s. Hudson discovered a number of previously unseen collections in the Rose Cumming archives, some of which she plans to recolor and rescale. The fi rst collection will launch in January 2021. Classic Cloth was Dessin Fournir's in-house line of basic fabrics and has the weaves will be gone." Hudson recently visited the mill and is working on ways to preserve both the looms and Classic Cloth's legacy. Hudson has also arranged partnerships with other showrooms around the world to sell both lines, including Ainsworth- Noah in Atlanta, Jasper Showroom in Los Angeles, and Tissus d'Hélène in London. become an essential design resource. Coveted for its textured wovens and sophisticated palette, the fabrics range from mural-like embroideries inspired by 18th-century French textiles to a utilitarian, traditional fl our-sack cloth that references 19th-century fabrics. Classic Cloth, founded in 2002, is made in England by a heritage mill that produces unusual weaves on ancient looms not found anywhere else. "The looms are at risk because they are so old," Hudson says. "Once the looms are gone, HUDSON'S PURCHASE OF ROSE CUMMING AND CLASSIC CLOTH IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT SALVAGES TWO HERITAGE BRANDS THAT WERE AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING. Lauren Hudson

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