Visiting Robert Kaufman Fabrics in Los Angeles
As part of our trip to QuiltCon last month, Elise and Teresa visited the Robert Kaufman Fabrics offices in Los Angeles and what a treat it was! Their warehouse and offices take up two large buildings, filled with fabric in many incarnations. We were lucky enough to have Sandie, their Customer Service Manager, give us a personal tour!
Fabric arrives at their warehouse daily, rolled on tube with more than 100 yards on each! The warehouse was amazing--all the beautiful Kona Cottons stacked to the ceiling, as well as their beautiful linen blends, batiks, quilting cotton prints and fashion fabrics.
It is done in-house by a team with some pretty amazing tools (an electric rotary cutter? yes, please!). There's an entire production area dedicated to making all the Robert Kaufman precuts we know and love.
In addition to licensed designers such as Valori Wells, Karen Lewis, and Ann Kelle, Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a number of in-house designers. We got a peek at some upcoming collections, but they're a secret still. Seeing all the color swatches they choose from was amazing--so many variations and so beautiful!
One of the most fascinating parts of visiting Robert Kaufman Fabrics was just seeing the amount of fabric that is being made and they are just one company in this industry. It's wonderful imagining all the bolts and precuts traveling to quilt stores around the world, including ours, and into quilters and sewists hands, including yours!
Thanks for hosting us, Robert Kaufman Fabrics! It was great getting a little inside scoop on the manufacturing side. You can keep up with them on their blog, download their free patterns, and find their newest collections in-store.