Belma Fashions. On a recent morning, the firm’s 61-year-old president, Warren Brand, was leading a tour there for a group of fashion students from Mississippi State University. They had come to see a unicorn, a scrappy holdout, a working museum of old-fashioned artisanship that somehow had to turn a modern-day profit.Schmalberg, a fourth-generation family business founded in 1916, makes artificial flowers from silk and other fabrics for clients including milliners, theatrical costume designers, fashion stylists, bridal houses and designer labels like Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. The flowers adorned the Thom Browne hybrid suit-dress that Zazie Beetz wore to the Met Gala, and they have decorated the angel wings of a Victoria’s Secret runway model and the uniforms of Marriott employees, who wear leather camellias pinned to their suits. One year, Schmalberg made 200,000 tiny silk petals for Vera Wang to stitch into its dresses. More recently, the firm created leather leaves for the display windows of the jeweler Harry Winston’s Paris boutique.ImageWarren Brand, left, and his son Adam, who run M & S Schmalberg.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York TimesBut in the age of fast fashion and offshoring, the business of Manhattan fabric flora is not... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/style/fabric-flowers.html
Williams employees stationed at the facility have all been accounted for and were not injured, Williams Operations Manager Warren Toups said. State Police said that local law enforcement and first responder agencies are continuing rescue efforts to ensure that the building is clear.</p><p>The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but it did not appear to have been caused by a rupture in the pipeline, Williams officials said. Federal regulators are assisting with the investigation, Toups said.</p><p>Linda Hughes, who lives across the bayou from the plant, said her house shook at the force of the explosion.</p><p>"I said, 'This is it.' I always thought it would come at night while we were sleeping," Hughes said. "When I went outside to check it out, all the contract workers were running."</p><p>"We always hoped it would never happen. We knew one day it could happen," Hughes said, pointing out the location of an underground pipeline that cut across an empty field right next to her house.</p><p>Earlier on Thursday, authorities reported that a pipeline had exploded, killing one and injuring four. Authorities said two of those injured workers died later today at the hospital. After an initial inspection, company officials said they suspect the blast's source was a tank that collects hydrocarbons that build up within natural gas pipelines.</p><p>Service to Williams customers has not been interrupted, officials confirmed.</p><p>“We are deeply saddened by reports of serious injuries to personnel working at the scene,” Toups said in a news release early Thursday afternoon. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this very critical time.”</p><p>Initially, residents in the 4700 block of both Bayou Black Drive and North Bayou Black Drive had been told to evacuate voluntarily or stay inside, officials with the Sheriff's Office said. By around noon, those who stayed were asked to remain in their homes. The req... http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20151008/NOTICE/151009740
Also at the Rose Parade will be Mason High School’s marching band, which won one of the 20 prestigious high school invites nationwide to perform. The Warren County school’s 313-member band arrived Sunday in Pasadena, Calif.