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This enduring business & brand name was founded in 1937 and is a high-end decorative fabrics business servicing the luxury residential and hotel markets. It has remained as a British family business while enjoying international success, brand extensions and popularity among premium, niche customers around the world. The company is now considered part of the UK’s design heritage.
The business has a remarkably stable trading history with demand challenging supply on an almost constant basis, making the business a perfect platform to introduce new products and new sales channels.
The business was founded almost 90 years ago as a specialised fabric house and has remained committed to the highest quality of product in for its entire history. The son of the founder can still be found in the offices of the company, ensuring that the company’s legacy for quality & variety stays relevant within what is a modern, high volume, highly competitive, decorative fabrics market.
In the long period of trading that the company has enjoyed, it has acquired and retains around 1,000 commercial customers, agents, distributors and interior designers who would be recognisable as high added-value retailers, seen in almost every capital city in the world and individual customers who would be equally recognisable.
The business is managed on a day to day basis by the owner and a financial controller. Key employees are the Director of Sales, Sales Manager USA, Head of Design and Customer Service Supervisor, Warehouse Manager and Financial Controller.
The business operates from a warehouse in West London and a retail showroom in South West London.
The business has a very extensive stock range as well as publishing fabric books which are acquired and displayed by its agents and distributors around the world.
The design studio established in 1986, comprises a talented in-house team who constantly work on new designs for both fabrics and wallpaper. Inspiration is often taken from antique textiles to create timeless classics with a modern twist.
Their skilfully developed collections include exceptional quality upholstery fabrics, velvets and damasks, and they are also particularly well known for their unrivalled collections of Toiles de Jouy designs, moiré fabrics and luxurious crewels. In recent years their contemporary collection has grown to include cutting-edge, textured neutrals and fine embroideries. The in-house design studio enables the company to offer a truly bespoke design service for both domestic and contract markets. As part of this service they can reproduce historic designs for ancestral homes, and also adapt the colours or qualities of its current designs to meet the specifications of an individual project.
The company works with leading specialist manufacturers in Britain, France, Belgium, Italy and India to create the finest range of high quality fabrics and wallpapers.
Specialist weavers in France, Belgium, Italy Turkey and India work with the finest yarns and utilise cutting edge technology to develop beautiful, luxurious qualities. Their hand-embroidered crewels are made in Kashmir, where craftsmen continue to employ traditional techniques dating back to the 18th century. The company’s relationships with their manufacturers are integral to the success of their collections, and they undertake regular visits to supervise development and production.
The company’s extensive collection of fabrics and wallpapers are held at their warehouse in West London and from there they can dispatch all samples and orders. As a small, family-run company, they can react fast and efficiently to enquiries and specific requests.
The site is also home to the head office, including the sales team, design studio and the design archive which dates back to when the company was founded. By keeping all operations in one location, they can offer the personal, flexible service their customers enjoy and expect.
The company specialises in the design, production and distribution of the best luxury woven and printed fabrics in the interiors industry, and has become known for creating timeless classics with an enduring appeal in the following products:
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