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Venus Williams’ and Wolf-Gordon’s New Textile Collection Celebrates Women

March 15, 2022

By Ethan Tucker

Per­haps it’s for­giv­able that Venus Williams’ career as an inte­ri­or design­er has been over­shad­owed by her oth­er accom­plish­ments. With 90 Grand Slam appear­ances and count­less titles, it may sur­prise some to learn that the for­mer num­ber-one ten­nis play­er is also a star designer. 

Her firm, V Starr, has been design­ing high end res­i­den­tial inte­ri­ors in South Flori­da for 20 years, and recent­ly has expand­ed to include a broad­er port­fo­lio of hos­pi­tal­i­ty and mul­ti­fam­i­ly projects. Despite their ris­ing stature, they’ve nev­er designed a prod­uct col­lec­tion — until now. When the oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lab­o­rate with tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­er Wolf-Gor­don arose, Williams, who serves as the firm’s CEO, couldn’t have been more excit­ed to take on the project. I have a nat­ur­al love for tex­tiles, right down to the thread,” she says. 

That love for fab­ric is present in the col­lec­tion, which is defined by a mate­lassé effect cre­at­ed by stitch­ing the pat­tern into mul­ti­ple lay­ers of fab­ric sand­wiched togeth­er. To devel­op the three pat­terns, Williams and V Starr prin­ci­pal Sonya Haf­fey devel­oped ideas, pro­duced sketch­es, and sent them to Wolf-Gor­don to be dig­i­tized and pro­duced in a high-per­for­mance poly­ester-and-nylon blend that con­tains post-con­sumer recy­cled mate­r­i­al and is suit­able for many dif­fer­ent applications. 

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