For a brand that started out as an industrial-grade awning fabric in only six colors, Sunbrella fabrics have come a long way. From awnings to marine to casual furniture, Sunbrella fabrics have led the industry with extensive styles and colors while providing unparalleled performance. In the early 1990s Sunbrella unveiled its softer side with stunning fabrics targeted at the interior design trade and now available in design showrooms across the country. Today, Sunbrella is used in a variety of innovative new products that offer creative solutions for consumers and the design community.
Our continued focus on innovations in sustainable fabrics led to the development of the Sunbrella Renaissance line. Renaissance yarns are produced from reclaimed fiber, yarn and fabric waste and then used for new Sunbrella products like Sunbrella Renaissance Rugs for indoor and outdoor use as well as a new line of upholstery fabrics anchored by the award winning Heritage fabric available in 12 beautiful colors. Both of these new products combine 50% recycled content with 50% virgin fiber to ensure the performance that you’ve come to expect from Sunbrella.
Our commitment to innovation is also apparent in the constant improvement of our existing product lines. In 2008, after rigorous research and development, the next generation of Sunbrella awning and marine fabrics was introduced with a 25% increase in water repellency and no loss of breathability. This new generation of fabrics also featured enhanced quality and strength and offered a best in class, 10-year warranty. The same year, we also increased our furniture fabric warranty to five years as a display of confidence in the durability and longevity of our fabrics.
In 2011, after years of intense development and testing, Sunbrella Contract Fabrics with Defiance for Healthcare were released. This was followed in early 2012 with the release of Sunbrella Contract Fabrics targeting the hospitality industry, so now the fabrics you love at home will surround you in restaurants, hotels and healthcare facilities across the country. To further demonstrate our commitment to the contract market, Glen Raven, Inc., makers of Sunbrella, was the first company to declare compliance under the NSF/ANSI 336 sustainability standard.
Also, in 2011, our continuous look for new Sunbrella materials lead to the development of Sunbrella Rope and Sunbrella Strap. The first collection released was by Summer Classics who use the rope not as a seating surface but as a decorative element in the furniture frame. Brown Jordan, along with Richard Frinier used Sunbrella Strap as a seating surface for a new collection called Stretch. Only time will tell what our innovative manufacturing partners will come up with next.
Casa Blanca and sister lodge Playa Blanca are the Caribbean's premier fly-fishing lodges. Located on the private island of Punta Pájaros, Casa and Playa Blanca feature the closest access of any area lodge to the famed waters of both Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bays In Mexico’s southern Yucatan. The unparalleled location, coupled with veteran guides, top-notch accommodations, acclaimed cuisine, and warm hospitality are the hallmarks of the Casa and Playa Blanca experience.
The remote private island of Punta Pájaros is a truly unique tropical paradise. The island rests in the center of one of the world's largest protected areas and Unesco World Heritage site, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. At Punta Pájaros, a carefully managed private preserve within the biosphere, the natural world coexists peacefully with its human counterpart.
From a fly-fisherman’s perspective, the location of Punta Pájaros could not be more perfect. With Casa Blanca Lodge on the southern edge of Ascension Bay and Playa Blanca on the northern edge of Espiritu Santo Bay, both lodges are literally surrounded by some of the most sought after game fish in the world.