We are a one stop wholesale fabric company based in South Carolina dedicated to serving
our customer's throughout the world and supplying the best quality fabrics.
Fortunately, the company had just shipped out more than four large orders just weeks prior to the fire. This helped bring in enough revenue to clean up from the fire and work towards rebuilding. With very little working capital and only the help of friends, the task of cleaning up the debris started. For twelve weeks, the Cohens worked seven days a week 10-12 hours per day. A notice went out to all the suppliers and customers which reassured everyone that the company would be rebuilt even better than before. Mr. C always said "Your reputation is the most important thing in business". He was and always will be right. After much hard work, we were able to move into a building 30 miles away and start rebuilding. The new building was located in Iva, South Carolina and was a good start. We were able to bring back some employees. Because of our reputation in the textile industry, many of the textile mills we had worked with allowed us to start working with them again. Retail stores and companies throughout the world asked us to start producing fabrics for them again.
Businesses stood still for several days, weeks, and even months. Many companies were forced to go out of business or downsize. We had downsized as much as we could and talked about opening up for a few days to local businesses and to the public with no minimum to buy. We bought a $99 cash register and the least expensive credit card machine, then ran a small advertisement in a local newspaper.
By the end of the three days, we had sold enough fabric to get us caught up on our bills and had more then 200 customers walk through our doors and ask when they could come back. We decided to do it again six months later and couldn’t believe it, more then 400 customers visited us in only three days. Within the next few years, All About Fabrics (Outlet Center) had grown to more than 10,000 customers with over 1.2 Million yards in stock. When we open up for these three days every month, we are the largest fabric store in the United States.
As All About Fabrics grew, so did Phoenix of Anderson and Orr/Lyons Industries. Phoenix Of Anderson grew by purchasing all the textile waste, remnants, overruns, and closeout fabrics a textile mill would make. We also purchase many finished products, trimmings, sewing supplies, and notions as well. Orr/Lyons Industries has grown over the past ten years with the “Go Green” push. We help companies with setting up recycling operations and are always looking for new companies to work with. After we segregate the textile waste and other commodities, we consolidate the items until we have enough to load containers and then ship the merchandise around the world.
Today, we are a fully diversified textile company working with fabric consumers, home based businesses, manufacturing companies, textile plants, and many other trades and individuals. In the United States we have more than 1,000 wholesale customers in more than 40 different trades and businesses. We export fabrics to more than 30 countries around the world. If you would like more information on working with us, we would appreciate the opportunity and look forward in hearing from you.