Textile Design Competition

Enter your textile design for a chance to launch your own affinity bedding collection with LeighDeux!

 

LeighDeux is looking for the next generation of textile designers.  We are a unique bedding company based in Charlotte North Carolina, and we specialize in chic bedding products for home and dorm.  We design and manufacture our line of textiles that are digitally printed and made into duvets, pillows, shams and bed skirts. The goal of this competition is to promote inspiring new design trends. Designs should be intended for home and/or dorm furnishing fabrics and will be digitally printed. Compete for the cash prizes, exciting professional development, and networking opportunities.

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ELIGIBILITY/FORMAT - STUDENT COMPETITION

 

Participation is open to all students of college-level art, textiles and design in North America. There is $35 entry fee per design and students may submit up to (5) designs. The entry requires a presentation board with design swatch and mapping onto the bedding products. A bedding board template will be provided to all entrants and all designs should be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum DPI of 150 and maximum DPI of 300.

 

CLICK HERE FOR STUDENT ENTRY FORM >

 

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ELIGIBILITY/FORMAT - PRO COMPETITION

 

Participation is open to all professional textile designers. There is $100 entry fee per design and you may submit up to (5) designs. The entry requires a presentation board with design swatch and mapping onto the bedding products. A bedding board template will be provided to all entrants and all designs should be submitted in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum DPI of 150 and maximum DPI of 300.

 

CLICK HERE FOR PRO ENTRY FORM >

 

 

 

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STEPS TO ENTRY

  1. The entry form must be submitted with entry fees paid online.  Once your registration is received, you will receive an email with a design template and instructions on how to submit your designs
  2. Submit your design(s) to info@leighdeux.com by Feb. 28, 2018
  3. Entry must include a 100 word description of their textile design and why they chose this particular direction       You are targeting the college market, so keep in mind what trends will appeal to college students
  4. Entries will be judged by a professional panel of textile and design experts
  5. Each entry will be judged on the following:
  • Level of creativity — 25%

Design shows originality and creativity

  • Visual appeal — 25%

Overall appeal of the design and its friendliness for application on bedding

  • Commercial viability for the home and/or dorm market — 30%

Ease with which the design could be produced and appeal to a consumer market

  • Illustration and rendering ability — 10%

Ability to communicate the design concept (including mood, proportions, scale) and fabric appearance

(i.e., texture and utilization) through illustration

  • Awareness of contemporary design trends — 10%

Design reflects current consumer taste levels for color, texture, and detailing

 

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PRIZES - STUDENT COMPETITION

 

  • $500 cash prize to winning student
  • Affinity Collection named for or by the designer
  • Collection featured on the LeighDeux website, in marketing publications and on social media
  • Complimentary collection with all products made from your design

 

 

PRIZES - PRO COMPETITION

 

  • 5% royalty on each sale of your collection
  • Affinity Collection named for or by the designer
  • Collection featured on the LeighDeux website, in marketing publications and on social media
  • Complimentary collection with all products made from your design

 

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COMPETITION GUIDELINES & IMPORTANT DATES

 

  • REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE
  • RECEIVE YOUR DESIGN TEMPLATE AND PRODUCT MAPPING TOOLS
  • SUBMIT YOUR DESIGNS TO: INFO@LEIGHDEUX.COM BY FEBRUARY 28, 2018
  • FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA NEWSLETTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA ON MARCH 9TH
  • WINNING DESIGN WILL BE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF PROFESSIONAL TEXTILE AND DESIGN EXPERTS

 

FOR QUESTIONS, EMAIL US AT INFO@LEIGHDEUX.COM

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WIN?

 

  • HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND,  BUT ALSO:
  • YOUR DESIGN PROMINENTLY FEATURED ON LEGHDEUX.COM AND YOUR NAME MARKETED BROADLY ACROSS OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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OUR JUDGES

 

 

WESLEY MANCINI

 

Wesley Mancini is a dominant force in the field of fabric design in America. His heritage makes him a “true American designer” as he is one of only 300 members of the “Sons of the American Colonists” whose American ancestry is documented back prior to 1776.

 

Wesley’s undergraduate work was done at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and he received his MFA in Fabric Design from the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  In 1980, he received a “National Endowment for the Arts” (NEA) grant for his hand woven upholstery fabric designs.  His fiber art work was included at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City in the Young American Exhibition, and in a traveling exhibition called “Textiles for the Eighties” sponsored by the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and in the prestigious exhibition, “Hot House:  Expanding the field of fiber” at Cranbrook, 1970-2007.

 

In 1983, Wesley Mancini Ltd. was incorporated as a textile design firm, and thus began the brand “Home Fabrics by Wesley Mancini.”  His studio employs artists, fabrics designers, colorists, CAD editors and support staff.  His residential fabric designs are currently woven by Valdese Weavers, outdoor fabrics by Al Fresco (both woven domestically), and hand knotted and machine made rugs with Due Process Stable Trading Company.

 

Products designed by Wesley Mancini Ltd. can be found in almost every major department store or home specialty retailer in the United States and abroad.

 

Wesley travels extensively throughout the world to keep his finger on the pulse of design and garners professional and personal inspiration in his journeys.  His line has twice been included in “Metropolitan Home” magazine’s “Design 100” issue as being one of the top 100 design resources available globally.

 

 

HOLLY PHILLIPS

 

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is an renown interior designer, blogger, influencer and style maven.  Her elegant, eclectic and colorful designs can be found in homes across the east coast. With a lifelong passion for the arts, Holly has a strong educational love for antiques and the history of the decorative arts led her to this business.

 

Holly’s early design experience includes working with Alexandra Stoddard and Sotheby’s – both in New York City. Holly completed a Mint Museum Senior Study and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. After College, Holly lived in London while completing Sotheby’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts program. She has also completed The Winter institute at Winterthur, which provided a deep exposure one of the most complete collections of American Antiques in existence. Her first “professional” job was with Travis & Company in Atlanta where she ran the Antiques side of the showroom. In 1999, Holly joined her mother full time at the English Room in Charlotte, NC.  Her educational background includes a degree in Art History from Rollins College and a degree in Interior Design from the American College.

 

She has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Home Design & Decor, Urban Home, Southpark Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens Windows and Walls. Follow her on Instagram @theenglishroom

 

 

SEAN GIBBONS

 

Sean Gibbons is CEO of STI based in Kings Mountain, NC. Gibbons joined the small family-owned weaving mill in 1993, and transformed it from a factory specializing in transportation fabrics, into a company producing a full line of decorative residential  textiles. The transportation division was sold to La France Mills in 2005 so STI could focus entirely on its decorative fabric business. STI is now the largest producer of residential upholstery fabric in America.

 

In addition to STI, Sean and his wife Lisa have founded a number of other textile companies. In 2000 they founded Phoenix Trim Works,  a manufacturer of decorative trimming products in Williamsport, PA. In 2005, they founded Muebletex, S.A., a cut and sew factory based in Nicaragua whose clients include Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma and Bassett. In 2006, they founded Source Asia, Ltd. a Shanghai-based sourcing company supplying textiles to US furniture manufacturers.

 

In 2013 STI acquired Brentwood Textiles to introduce a luxury brand with production both in North Carolina and in Turkey. Sales at Brentwood have increased over 400% since the acquisition. In 2014 STI created Revolution Performance Fabrics and have expanded beyond B to B with the addition of direct to consumer sales via revolutionfabricsbytheyard.com.  Revolution is now the largest indoor performance fabric brand in the US. In 2018 STI will acquire Magnolia Home Fashions, a producer of printed fabrics located in Atlanta, GA.

 

Gibbons graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in History, focusing on economic history, with a concentration in Philosophy.  Gibbons is highly engaged in the design of the STIs fabric line, and he maintains a creative role even as CEO.

 

 

LEIGH GOODWYN

 

Leigh Goodwyn is the founder and CEO of LeighDeux.  LeighDeux was launched in 2013 after Goodwyn’s oldest daughter had difficulty sourcing chic bedding in the XL twin size.  Recognizing a demand for upscale dorm furnishings and the challenges of living in a small space, LeighDeux offers beautiful and functional bedding and soft goods.  Looking to achieve the sophistication of custom fabrics, Goodwyn founded LeighDeux with a line of diginitally printed textiles manufactured in the Carolinas. Originally conceived for students living on campus, the LeighDeux collections are now widely sought after for everyday home. LeighDeux’s collection have been featured in O Magazine, Better Homes & Garden Magazine, The Washington Post, and numerous regional publications and design blogs.

 

Goodwyn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism, where she remains actively engaged as a member of various boards.  She developed the LeighDeux for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund in The Shuford School of Entrepreneurship and provides two scholarships per year for deserving young women pursuing entrepreneurial efforts.  In 2016 she developed and funded the new FashionMash program in the UNC School of Media and Journalism.  Goodwyn is a 20 year veteran of television network marketing, having served as Head of International Marketing for Discovery Networks and in various marketing positions with Turner Broadcasting, Inc.

 

 

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THE LEGAL STUFF

The winning fee is a time limited licensing fee for five years. By submitting your design to this competition we do not own it, unless you win!  But it should not be submitted to any other competitions.  Buy signing our release when you register, you consent to send us a unique design that has never been used before and is not currently being produced anywhere else in the marketplace.