January 29, 2015 – AHFA has received clarifying guidance from the State of California on the proper labeling for custom furniture produced using the customer’s fabric – commonly known as a “COM” order.
As long as the fabric specified by the customer is new, the resulting piece of special order upholstery should carry a white law label in the State of California.
Some companies have been using a green law label for COM upholstery orders. This is because the California Code of Regulations states that a green label shall be used for “Owner’s Material.” However, California’s definition of “owner’s material” is not the same as the industry’s definition of “Customer’s Own Material,” or “COM.”
When AHFA staff members discovered this discrepancy in the use of terms for custom upholstery, they asked California officials to clarify the law label requirements.
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