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Sunbrella® Horizon®: Best Seat on the Boat

Sunbrella Horizon brings to marine upholstery the legendary performance you have come to expect from Sunbrella. It’s the first Sunbrella marine upholstery fabric made from engineered synthetic leather, and we’ve been thrilled with the outstanding feedback on its performance since its introduction. If you visited the Sunbrella booth at this month’s Miami International Boat Show, you’ve heard the exciting news that Sunbrella Horizon has been refreshed with evolving customer trends in mind.


The refreshed Sunbrella Horizon collection includes Sorrento, a striking new embossed texture that makes every seat the best seat on the boat. Sorrento pairs well with Capriccio and Textile to give any boat design a fresh, modern feel and is available in four neutral colorways—Toast, Cadet Grey, Cloud, and White. Sunbrella Horizon now features 36 marine-grade upholstery styles meticulously designed to cater to diverse tastes and design preferences, allowing you to provide a broader range of choices to your customers.


Count on Sunbrella Horizon and the supremely comfortable Sorrento to serve a variety of marine applications, including passenger seating, captain’s chairs, sunpads, and headliners. All Sunbrella Horizon fabrics are backed by a 5-year product warranty and 3-year warranty against microbial pinking. Other hallmarks of the collection include exceptional durability, ease of cleaning, and unparalleled comfort.


In addition to the four new Sorrento colorways, Sunbrella has introduced three new neutrals to its Horizon collection in the lightly pebbled Capriccio texture. Like the entire Horizon collection, these new colorways are designed to coordinate seamlessly with common gel coats and other fixtures for a cohesive look onboard. Now available in Barley, Storm, and Dover White colorways, Capriccio is more versatile than ever before.


Your Trivantage® sales representative stands ready to assist in placing your order or to answer your questions. You can also call us at 800-786-1876.

Trivantage® Launches New Seamstick Taper Tool

Trivantage has launched the Seamstick Taper, a convenient tool that makes it easy to apply seam tape to zippers, webbing, and trim, and the marine industry has already taken notice. The product was a hit at the 2024 Marine Fabricators Conference where it received a Supplier Spotlight as a Best New Exhibitor Product.


Designed by a fabricator, this ingenious tool makes quick work of a seam tape application, providing placement on one or both edges with no bleed over. It’s no secret that applying seam tape can be a hassle, which is why we worked with a fabricator to design this efficient tool. The Seamstick Taper ensures consistent, precise tape placement, helping fabricators improve accuracy and save valuable production time.


The Seamstick Taper works by applying ¼” seam tape to the edges of many different sizes of zippers, webbing, and trim. It’s simple to use: To apply the tape, attach the quick-switch tool block to the application, insert the zipper or trim, and pull through the taper tool for effortless seam taping.


The Seamstick Taper comes with a #10 Tooth tool block, but other sizes are sold separately, including a #8 Tooth, #10 Coil, 1.5” Facing/Webbing, and 2.0” Facing/Webbing. We hope that the Seamstick Taper helps streamline the fabrication process so you can increase efficiency and continue to deliver exceptional work.


Buy yours today, and Trivantage Plus members receive a 5% discount! For more information, contact your Trivantage sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.

Have You Tried Polyfab?

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder Polyfab shade sail fabric is a popular choice among fabricators. Count on this premium shade fabric with leading sun protection from Trivantage® for:


✔️ High strength-to-weight ratio
✔️ Tested UV protection
✔️ Weather & fade resistance
✔️ 10- to 15-year warranties


Shade sails are a popular choice for shading outdoor spaces given their modern look, flexible design, and wider coverage than traditional awnings or umbrellas. Solar shades made from Polyfab products are ideal for patios, schools and playgrounds, shopping centers, hotels, pools, parking lots, and more. Great for commercial or residential use, premium Polyfab fabric, hardware, and webbing work together to create high-quality canopies. With Polyfab, choose from nearly 50 fade-resistant colors across three shade sail fabric collections, each style made from woven high density polyethylene (HDPE) for high strength and tension capability.


Browse different collections here to find the right fabric for your project. You can also contact your Trivantage sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.

Talking Textiles: Inspiring The Next Generation of Textile Professionals

In the latest episode of “Talking Textiles,” a live podcast produced by Advanced Textiles Association, our very own Keith Purves joined a panel discussion on the state of the marine industry and tips for teaching and learning the craft. Purves, business development and training manager for Trivantage®, is a marine industry veteran, having operated a custom marine canvas shop for 20 years prior to joining Trivantage.


The podcast, hosted by Marine Fabricators Association member Kyle Van Damme, seeks to inspire the next generation of textile professionals. Purves and the panel delved into trade careers, including hiring for character, teaching skills necessary to succeed, learning a craft, and managing a multi-generational staff. They also discussed building an “environment of belonging” and ended their conversation with succession planning and how to prepare for selling your business, topics Purves knows well.


“I grew up in this business, and my experiences as a fabricator have helped to shape my career,” Purves said. “There’s nothing that gives me a greater sense of value than when I can share my experiences and help make someone’s job easier, better, faster, or more profitable.”


Purves is immediate past chair of MFA, longtime member of ATA, and was honored with the 2022 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the industry organizations.


Click here to listen to the podcast.

Choosing the Right Fabric for Backyard & Patio Shade Structures

If you don’t have shade trees and want to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor living space, consider a shade sail fabric structure or tension structure installation. This versatile and contemporary solution can enhance any backyard or patio while increasing comfort in any climate.




5 Fabrics for Backyard Shade Sails & Residential Tension Structures


From structure-anchored shade sails to free-standing tension structures, residential shading structures can transform any pool, porch, or outdoor area into a cooler, more inviting oasis. Whether you’re prioritizing heat reduction, controlling brightness, or UV protection, consider a variety of shade sail options with features that align with any project goal:


1. SolaMesh®

Tested for performance in the world's harshest environments, SolaMesh shade sail fabric is made from highly stable HDPE monofilament cloth and tape. The performance fabric remains stable when exposed to UV rays and is very easy to clean. Pair your chosen SolaMesh fabric with SolaMesh Shade Sail Hardware for best-in-class strength, value, and longevity.


2. Polytex®+

Made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polytex+ shade sail fabric from Polyfab is highly durable and flexible. The monofilament knitting construction ensures the shade sail fabric will not tear or fray if cut or pierced. With UVA and UVB protection, a high strength-to-weight ratio, and excellent fire rating, Polytex+ is ideal for small-scale shade sails and shade structures.


3. Comtex®+

Comtex+ is a knitted HDPE shade sail fabric, also from Polyfab, has a superior fire rating and is ideal for medium-to-large tension membrane structures and shade sails. Recommended for installations with unsupported spans up to 100 feet, this high-quality fabric is lead and phthalate-free, providing superior UV protection.


4. Commercial NinetyFive 340

Commercial NinetyFive 340 is a premium shade sail fabric from GALE Pacific engineered for mid-sized shade sails and fabric structures. Made from UV-stabilized HDPE, it's perfect for commercial use and larger residential projects, featuring durability, long-lasting UV protection, and tear resistance.


5. Commercial DualShade 350

Commercial DualShade 350 shade sail fabric offers a distinctive two-toned appearance, adding extra character to any shade sail with its patented knit pattern creating a shimmering, iridescent effect. Crafted from high-quality HDPE, it's engineered for superior dimensional stability, reducing the need for frequent re-tensioning and lowering maintenance costs.


Find Your Perfect Shade Structure Fabric at Trivantage


When it comes to outdoor shade structures, you need top quality fabrics, hardware, and expertise — Trivantage has all three, plus a shade sail guide & countless resources.

Our fabrics come in a variety of colors and textures, allowing you to tailor your shade solutions to fit the specific theme, performance demand, or aesthetic of any outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to fulfill the wildest backyard shade dreams or just to increase the amount of shade available, we’re here to help. At Trivantage, we offer everything you need for your backyard landscaping ideas from fabric to hardware to trim, and more.

A Guide to Choosing Sustainably Made & Eco-Friendly Fabrics

In recent years, sustainable fabrics from earth-conscious manufacturers have become increasingly popular. These materials aren’t just some trend - they represent a movement towards a more eco-friendly and ethically responsible future for current and future generations.


But what exactly makes a fabric “sustainable,” and how can consumers and designers make more informed and eco-conscious choices? We’ll answer these questions below and offer greater insight into the ins and outs of sustainable fabrics, including their benefits, certifications, and the best brands offering eco-friendly fabrics today.


What Makes a Fabric Sustainable?


Generally speaking, fabric sustainability standards are determined by investigating several factors. That includes how the raw materials were sourced, produced, and their overall impact on the environment. Here are a few key aspects to consider:


  • Use of Natural or Recycled Materials: Sustainable fabrics usually come from natural sources (organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, etc.), or they’re made from recycled materials like recycled polyester or even upcycled cotton.
  • Low Environmental Impact: This can include considerations like using less water to make the fabric, minimal/non-existent chemical treatments, and reduced carbon emissions during the production process.
  • Ethical Manufacturing Processes: Ensuring fair labor practices and safe working conditions permeate throughout the entire manufacturing process is absolutely crucial.
  • Biodegradability and Recyclability: Fabrics that can be composted or recycled at the end of their life cycle contribute to a closed-loop system. This helps to reduce waste and promote a more sustainable future.

If you’re worried about the authenticity of a manufacturer’s claims, you can look for certifications like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), OEKO-TEX, and Fair Trade — all of which play a very significant role in verifying the sustainability labels placed on fabrics.


These certifications show consumers that the fabrics have gone through the rigors, and meet incredibly stringent environmental and social criteria throughout the production process.


Benefits of Choosing Sustainable Fabrics


Choosing sustainable fabrics isn’t just about the social implications. This decision comes with many additional benefits, like:


  • Environmental Preservation: Choosing eco-friendly fabrics allows us to positively contribute to the preservation of our beautiful planet.
  • Health and Safety: In most cases, sustainable fabrics don’t have harmful chemicals. This makes them safer for both the environment and the people who wear or use them.
  • Quality and Durability: Eco-friendly fabrics aren’t just beneficial for the earth. In many cases, they’re a high-quality, long-lasting investment for yourself.
  • Supporting Ethical Practices: When you choose proven sustainable fabrics, you’re voicing your support for fair labor practices while also contributing to the welfare of workers in the textile industry across the globe.

Brands That Offer Sustainably Made Fabric Options


Finding fabric options that are made sustainably isn’t always easy. Choosing Trivantage makes that process easier. Below are some of the top brands we offer that are committed to sustainability and carry fabrics made with eco-friendliness in mind.


Sunbrella®


Sunbrella is renowned for its commitment to sustainability, evident in its range of durable, high-quality fabrics as well as its fabric & scrap recycling program Recycle My Sunbrella. Offering customers an opportunity to save Sunbrella, FIRESIST®, Dickson® Collection, Exceed, and Hydrofend® fabric* from entering landfills, their approach allows for recycling, reuse, and waste reduction. Not to mention, Sunbrella fabrics are designed for longevity, reducing the need for frequent replacements and thus minimizing environmental impact.


Check out some of Sunbrella’s sustainably made collections and products:


  • Sunbrella RETWEED Collection by Richard Frinier: A line of performance fabrics containing up to 93% recycled content. Browse vintage tweed-inspired, mid-century modern designs with the textured appearance of hand-loomed textiles where no two rolls are alike.
  • Sunbrella ReMade: The latest Sunbrella initiative to engage in long-term, sustainable solutions to minimize their impact & decrease their carbon footprint. Consumers of all kinds can shop ready-made textile products for the dining room and kitchen, durable tote bags, and beautiful wall hangings all made from reclaimed Sunbrella material.

GALE Pacific


For a long time, this company has championed sustainability and contributed to a healthier environment. Their current quest to implement a closed loop recycling program will not only eliminate adding to landfills, but can convert reclaimed product material into new material. GALE Pacific’s Architectural Shade Fabric options all achieve Oeko-Tex Standard 100, plus Greenguard children and school certification.


Not only is Gale Pacific committed to eco-friendly production, but it’s also focused on setting itself apart from its competition with innovative solutions. Some of Gale Pacific’s most popular fabrics made with sustainable practices include Commercial NinetyFive 340, Commercial DualShade 350, and Commercial Heavy 430.


Phifer


Phifer is a well-known & highly trusted manufacturer of screen, mesh, and sling fabrics. Committed to minimizing its impact on the environment, their manufacturing processes and finished products prioritize eco-friendliness.


From sling fabric that’s made from 100% recyclable material, to energy-saving sun control fabrics, these outdoor fabrics are GREENGUARD® certified, proving they meet strict environmental and health standards.


Serge Ferrari


A leader in the shade sail, structural fabric, and awning fabric industry since 1973, Serge Ferrari is always striving to do better with less material and less energy. From Soltis Proof 502 Awning Fabric, to Stamoid Marine Cover Fabric, Serge Ferrari prioritizes the reduction of weight within construction systems, reducing energy consumption.


Trivantage's Commitment to Sustainability


We take sustainability seriously at Trivantage. That’s why we use renewable energy for 100% of the power demanded by our facilities. Further, we’re always interested in bringing high-quality eco-friendly products to the market. In fact, we have designed more than one million pounds of recycled fabric since 2008.


Learn more about our commitment to sustainability today.

A Message from Bret Kelley

Bret Kelley has officially begun his tenure as president of Trivantage®, and for our first issue of Market Corner in 2024, we asked him to share his message to our customers and thoughts on how Trivantage can deliver for you.



What are your goals as president of Trivantage?
First and foremost, it is important to me that I have a clear understanding of customer preferences, which is why I spent the second half of 2023 visiting and listening to our customers in one-on-one meetings. Only through active listening will Trivantage continue to deliver a best-in-class, end-to-end experience. I also want to better understand what is working well, those areas to emphasize, and where we have areas of opportunity. I have no doubt our customers can count on Trivantage for innovative new products and services, and I value their input on how we can deliver for them.



How would you describe the evolution of Trivantage in recent years?
Trivantage is not the same company it was five years ago, and it won’t be the same company five years from now. This is due in no small part to how our company takes the long view with a drive to improve mindset and exemplifies high integrity and determined resolve. We also are forward thinkers, and to that end, we remain focused on an omnichannel environment, which provides customers with a seamless brand experience regardless of channel. Given increased shopping habits through technological advancements, including for online, mobile, and app experiences, we must identify new and different ways to connect with our customers and move their business forward.



What’s your message to Trivantage customers?
At our core, we remain firmly committed to their success and will work very hard to earn their business each and every day. They can count on Trivantage to listen and understand areas we need to emphasize and where we have opportunities to improve. There is always room to improve. We must lean into the strong partnerships we have developed for more than two decades and really listen to what our customers are telling us. If we all get a little better at what we do each day, the tide will lift everyone’s boat.



New! Pre-Stitched Quilted Marine Upholstery Panels: High End. No Hassle.

Set yourself up for a stellar spring and summer with prefabricated Quilted Marine Upholstery panels featuring Sunbrella® Horizon®. This time-saving boat upholstery solution is exclusively available at Trivantage ® and allows any fabricator to achieve this classic, luxury look without the need for special training or equipment.



Quilted Marine Upholstery Panels are designed to help fabricators cut down on cost and turnaround time. Made of the popular marine vinyl fabric choice, Sunbrella Horizon Capriccio®, the panels are paired with matching solution-dyed polyester thread for a classic look and long-lasting performance. The product, available only to fabricators, is available in four unique styles – Toast, Cloud, Cadet Grey, and White – with single and double diamond stitching options reminiscent of hand stitch techniques.



What’s more, the panels are backed with an extra-thick ½” marine sew foam for a luxurious look and offered in extra-large 52” x 52” panels for best yield. Developed to meet strict performance standards, Sunbrella Horizon offers a 5-year product warranty and a 3-year warranty against microbial pinking.



With an eye on marine trends, these pre-sewn panels offer the high-end look that is popular on today’s yachts, without the added labor and expense of hand stitching each individual cushion. They can be used as inserts for a customized look or for the entire seating cushion, and automated computerized stitching offers the perfect stitch and the opportunity to repeat patterns. Don’t miss this new offering!



For more information, contact your Trivantage sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.



Did You Spot Your Project?

We closed out 2023 by reflecting on the amazing applications you shared with us. From upholstery and awning projects to marine fabrication crafts, your work did not disappoint – and we were thrilled to highlight your work on our social channels throughout the year.


Click here to take a look on Instagram at what our customers were up to in 2023 – and see if you can spot your own project. If not, we’d love to hear from you and share your work. As your partner, we want to share your story with our audience so that we can feature your project applications. There are opportunities to promote your projects and experience working with us across our website, this Market Corner blog, and our social media channels, including Facebook. And don’t forget to tag us – @trivantage – on your social channels so we can reshare your work and how you brought your customers’ visions to life.


various applications showcasing Trivantage customer projects


Your Trivantage® sales representative stands ready to assist you in sharing your project details, or you can call us at 800-786-1876.


Winter Savings from Trivantage®

It’s time to shake off the winter blues and save big from Trivantage:


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  • Awning and marine fabric ✔️
  • Tools and hardware ✔️

Save up to 90% on 150+ Sunbrella products and up to 84% on nearly two dozen awning and marine products. For tools and hardware, save up to 80% on 65+ items. There’s also “last chance” savings of up to 92% off 70+ options across all of our offerings.


All told, 300+ products are available at huge discounts, so shop Trivantage clearance today while supplies last!