The New York based designer Sandy Chilewich is founder and creative director of Chilewich | Sultan LLC. For the last three decades and with two distinct businesses, Chilewich has reinterpreted underutilized and overlooked manufacturing practices and has gone on to produce designs marked by ingenuity and elegance.
In a quest for other suitable fabrics, Chilewich stumbled upon woven vinyl and fell in love with what she believed was a completely underutilized textile. However, where others saw just one material among many, Chilewich saw an opportunity for a new business. “The durability of this extruded yarn, the intrinsic sheen of the material, its tremendous design versatility, and the fact that it is washable inspired me then and continues to inspire me today," says Chilewich. Hence the launch, in 2000, of Chilewich’s current distinctive product line of vinyl textiles.
Chilewich went on to design and manufacture a number of successful applications for her growing collection of textiles. Her tablemats and floormats can be seen in homes and restaurants around the world. Chilewich bags, totes and cosmetic bags are both modern and functional, perfect for travel and everyday use.
In 2001 Chilewich, together with her architect husband, Joe Sultan, launched their first product for contract use. Joe developed commercial-grade backings for the textiles, and they were able to intrododuce Plynyl® wall-to-wall (w2w) woven vinyl flooring and floor tiles. Today the contract division includes backed and un-backed woven vinyl fabrics for use on walls, panels, and upholstery. This award winning collection is available through the trade.
Joe Sultan sold his architecture practice in 2004 and joined the company full time as CEO. The two have changed the firm’s corporate name to Chilewich l Sultan LLC to reflect their emergent business partnership.
Made almost exclusively in the U.S., the award-winning Chilewich | Sultan LLC products are sold around the world.
Note: Chilewich is recommended for indoor use only, as it will discolor over time if exposed to direct sunlight. Also note that we carry only the contract version of Chilewich which is made with fiberglass instead of polyester. This is a stronger weave and will hold up longer than the Chilewich used in standard sized mats found at most retailers.