Charlotte textile designer Wesley Mancini named inaugural recipient of industry’s lifetime achievement award

Charlotte businessman and textile industry leader Wesley Mancini has been named the inaugural recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the International Textile Market Association.

The award was established as part of the association's 50th edition of Showtime Fabric Market in High Point - held last month and one of the largest displays of fabric, leather and trimmings in the world.Voting was held among the association's 200-plus membership.

Mancini runs his company, Wesley Mancini Ltd., out of a South End design studio. Along with creating new fabric designs per season, he also has a rug line, a decorative trim line and one for drapery hardware. Clients have included Ethan Allen, Mitchell Gold, Drexel, Henredon and Baker, plus celebrity lines such as Oscar de la Renta.

Art Reilly, ITMA board president, called Mancini an "obvious choice" in a statement. "With this award, we were looking to find – for the first recipient particularly – a unifying situation and honoree, and we found that person."

Said Catherine Morsell, ITMA executive director: “His sharing of wisdom and respect of tradition make him a rare gift to this industry and its future.”

In a statement, Mancini said he is “awestruck that I was chosen out of an entire industry to be selected as the recipient of this prestigious award."

"Being respected my peers and mills, both domestic and foreign, short-circuits my brain when I think about it. I do what I do because I am passionate about textiles and pattern. Lucky me to have been able to have a career doing what I love.”