Every year during Legends week in the Design Quarter of Los Angeles, we throw a finale party at our showroom Harbinger with our friends from the Hearst Design Group. This year, more than 400 designers and other friends in the industry came through the showroom to close out the week with delicious cocktails from Jardesca California Aperitiva and small bites from the one and only LuLu Powers. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a big thank you to Joe Lucas for being an amazing host.
Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent
Indisputably one of the greatest couturiers of the twentieth century, Yves Saint Laurent was celebrated for changing the color of couture. Inspired by a variety of exotic destinations such as Africa, Russia, Spain and Asia, he used the bright colors, shapes and fabrics of these faraway places to create collections that expressed his own vision of the style and fashion influences pulsating within their borders. Perhaps no other place inspired him more than Marrakech, where he and his partner Pierre Berge purchased and lovingly restored a house in the Jardin Majorelle. Known for its bright cobalt blue walls and canary yellow trimmings, the house and city became the designer’s muse and creative oasis where he brought his design and sketch work to life prior to launching a new collection.
These color boards featuring some of his most famous fashion sketches mixed with some of our most rich and vibrant colored leathers pays tribute to the legendary French designer and his iconic sense and use of color.
Every year, three lists recognizing the best and the brightest in the design industry are released by several major US shelter and trade publications. Read on to learn more about each list and how you can access them.
THE AD 100 Designer List
Every January since 1990, Architectural Digest unveils its carefully curated list of what it believes to be the world’s most influential and inspiring architects and designers. Known as the AD100, this exclusive list recognizes both industry icons and innovative pioneers around the world who are, “shaping the way we live—one building, one house, one room at a time.”
Click here to see the list.
LUXE Gold List
LUXE’s Gold List recognizes and honors nearly 600 architects, interior designers, home builders and landscape architects from across the county whose projects have graced the pages of Luxe. Organized by state and by specialty, it is a robust reference for exploring the industry’s movers and shakers in the United States.
Click here to see the list.
Interior Design Giants List
Released twice a year in January and July, the Interior Design Giants List is a definitive ranking of the world’s largest firms in the interior design industry. The recognition is based on overall interior design revenues across all interior project sectors including Office, Hospitality, Retail Design, Government Design, Healthcare/Assisted Living Design, Educational Design, Residential Design, Cultural Design and Transportation Design.
“The Giants list is the who’s who in the interior design industry,” said Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen. “Every year the top firms are eager to see who made the cut and who ranks on top of who. As a bonus, we also follow the firms rising in the ranks with July’s Rising Giants List. Together, they gauge how the industry is faring and heading, while celebrating the nation’s best and most innovative firms.”
Click here to see the list.
Established in 2005 by Dominique Chevalier, IDO has made its mark on some of the most prestigious fashion houses and design firms in Paris. An esteemed resource for its exclusive array of luxurious textiles and interior furnishings, IDO has paved the way for Moore & Giles to be a major player in the leather landscape of France.
Recently William Berthe, former International Director for Brunschwig & Fils, acquired IDO from Dominque. While continuing to cultivate IDO’s long-term relationships in the world of fashion and high-end residential design, William will also lead the IDO team in tackling exclusive hospitality, yachting, and aviation sectors.
Romain Cluny joins William as a new member of the IDO team. Having worked in luxury markets across the Middle East, Romain brings an enthusiastic drive to expand new markets for the firm and extensive knowledge of the leather industry. We look forward to working with this new team.
A new, not-to-miss, fine dining restaurant in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, Comice is the brainchild of husband and wife, chef and sommelier duo Noam Gedalof and Etheliya Hananova.
Serving product-driven contemporary French cuisine and a wine list centered on grower-producers, it is the culmination of the rich experiences and meaningful relationships that the couple have cultivated over the years working in prestigious establishments in Paris and abroad. Featuring warm orange and amber tones set against striking shades of peacock blue, it offers an atmosphere that is refined and elegant yet welcoming and unpretentious. In early February, the restaurant received its first Michelin Star after just six months in business, a testament to the pair’s swift success at the flawless execution of their vision.
Leather can be embossed in two different ways, by plate or by roller.
Plate embossing is when a design, decoration, lettering or pattern is imprinted on a leather’s surface using a metal plate. Embossing achieves a raised effect while debossing results in an indented effect.
Plate embossings work best on firm-handed leather collections that will not pull out such as Barrington and Absolute as well as Satin Suede, Dauphine and Cottswald. However, keep in mind that suedes and nubucks will lose much of their signature softness and will become more firm when embossed.
The majority of our embossings are plate embossings made with metal plates that are 26 inches by 54 inches. Since the average plate size is smaller than most of our upholstery leathers, there will be plate lines on embossed hides. Depending on the individual pattern or design, these plate lines sometimes will be more visible. Additionally, because of plate limitations, certain patterns and designs are only available on half hides.
If the leather is standard run, the minimum for embossings is one hide or two half hides if the pattern is only available on half hides. Average lead times for embossed orders is three weeks if the base leather is in stock.
ROLLER EMBOSSING is when a design, decoration or pattern is imprinted on a leather’s surface using a metal roller.
A roller embossing will not leave plate lines however, most roller plates used to imprint decorative patterns onto leather are smaller than most of the average hide size in our collections. Most vary in size from 48 to 60 inches. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with one of our customer care representatives regarding yields. The average roller varies in size.
Additionally, most decorative embossing rollers make lighter impressions on the leather’s surface than plates. As a result, we only recommend and sample decorative roller embossings on Satin Suede, Dauphine and Cottswald since roller embossings are most visible on these collections.
To view our collection of embossed leathers, click here.
From New York to London and from Paris to Milan, fashion week runways this past fall were flooded with couture collections featuring uplifting, feel-good colors that radiated positivity and optimism for Spring/Summer 2018. Grounded in powdery pastels such as lilac, periwinkle, baby yellow, dusty pink and mint green, this playful palette offered a cheerful anecdote to the negativity and strife of the past year and an opportunity for joyful self-expression from designers. Lavender and yellow proved to be the “IT” darlings of the spring/summer season, showing up in captivating shades on the catwalks in each of the esteemed fashion capitals of the world.
In conjunction with Spring and Fall Fashion Weeks in New York, Pantone tracks the colors that permeate and punctuate designer collections in its annual Fashion Color Trend Report. Designed to provide color inspiration across all areas of design, it offers a rich, impeccably researched forecast of the color trends that are most likely to resonate beyond the runway.
“The desire for colorful self-expression is a key take away for Spring 2018,” says Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman. “The color story is wildly divergent and we see a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones. There is a feeling of optimism and confidence driving a new vitality into fashion trends. That doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to look for more neutral or classic shades as while simple, these core basics are seasonal essentials, working well on their own as well as providing the landscape for the color complexity.”
The exploration and use of color in all forms is expected for the first half of 2018 as the awareness of a more color-conscious culture emerges. Even minimalist schemes will be enhanced by subtle nuances of soft, sensual color. From gelato-inspired pastels to more intense, vibrant hues, the ability of color to draw you in and connect you emotionally has never been stronger.
“Fashion, and the people who interact with it, no longer want to feel limited by traditional color guidelines,” says Eiseman. “Untypical spring shades that make for complex and original combinations, communicates the consumer’s desire to experiment with color throughout the year without any restrictions.”
Our transfers are created through a unique heat-transfer process that allows for any color combination to be firmly embedded on the leather’s surface with the most intricate of detail. It is a two-step or three-step process (dependent on desired finish) that can be applied to any of the colors in our Satin Suede, Cottswald, Dauphine and even our Ragtime collection.
During the first step, the pattern of your choice is applied to the leather’s surface using a clear finish or glaze. The second step allows you to layer another finish such as platinum or gold over the clear finish to further enhance the transfer’s glamour and appeal. If desired, a third step can be applied to achieve an even brighter, shinier aesthetic or a more matte appearance.
As you know from visiting our website and our showrooms, we stock samples of a variety of transfer patterns in the most popular colorways and finishes. Samples of patterns in alternative colors and finishes are made to order on 5X8 samples. The lead time is two weeks for custom samples if the base is in stock. If the base color is not in stock, the selection of an alternate color is recommended.
Additionally, many more patterns are available from our suppliers. If your client is looking for a specific design that we do not stock, please send an image or direction on the desired aesthetic to your customer care representative and product development will check with our suppliers for options.
Check out more of our transfer patterns here.
We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.
– Leatrice Easeman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
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Our #ShowOnTheRoadMG series took us to sunny L.A. to visit Joe Lucas at Harbinger in the La Cienega Design District. Joe Lucas is the founder of Lucas Studio, a high-end residential design firm and owner of the multiline showroom, Harbinger.
Known for a classic east coast traditional style meets West Coast cool, Traditional Home magazine named Lucas Studio, Inc. one of the “Top 20 Young Design Firms to Watch” in 2009. House Beautiful magazine recognized the firm as one of their American Design Trailblazers in 2011. The firm has completed residential projects in Los Angeles, Montana, Florida, Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia and several houses in Rumson, Little Silver and Bay Head, NJ. Current work includes ground-up construction projects located in New Jersey, Seattle and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Moore & Giles has been a part of the Harbinger family since 2015 and we couldn’t feel more at home.
We caught up with Joe during Legends, a 3-day celebration of design that brings together thousands of tastemakers from the worlds of interiors, decor, art, fashion, and architecture, to discuss: design, Los Angeles and all things leather.
What got you started in the design industry?
I started in design as a side job years ago when I was still pursuing my acting career. Soon it took over and I eventually landed a coveted spot working for Michael Smith. In 2005 a colleague and I broke off and started Lucas Studio Inc together. After 10 years I became sole owner of the design firm.
Harbinger is a very special showroom – unique and expertly curated – tell us more about it.
Harbinger is my showroom to the design trade. I opened it in 2008 almost on a dare from my friend and fellow designer Peter Dunham. He had just opened a small shop called Hollywood at Home above our small office and said something to the effect of “if I’ve got a shop then you need a shop.” And as I was always a sucker for peer pressure the rest is history. The first iteration of the shop was only about 400sf in size and was a collection of vintage finds. About a year later I added another 300sf and started representing a few small collections of fabric and wallpaper. In 2011, we moved from our charming little courtyard garden setting to our current space in the heart of the La Cienega Design Quarter in a 6000sf space. I added about 40 more lines of wallpaper and fabric as well as lighting, furniture, custom rugs, accessories and of course, Moore & Giles Leather.
Can you describe the design culture in LA – what are people looking for, how does it differ from other parts of the country – is there a distinct LA style?
We are blessed in California with great weather and more space than other design hubs like New York. So clients tend to look for items that can adapt to a more indoor/outdoor style of living. We also have a more eclectic design sense I think. We can mix styles together and utilize anything from 18th-century antiques to midcentury pieces.
How did you first learn about M&G?
I had met Brooks Morrison at the West Edge design show when the company’s #MGAirstream and a pair of cool leather armchairs caught my eye. Then it was apparent that I had to be a part of the world of Brooks and Moore & Giles. So we planned to have M&G host a party to end all parties using the air stream during our big LCDQ Legends event in May at Harbinger. Well, it was such a success we are looking at our fifth annual party next year and Harbinger started representing the M&G collection a few years ago.
What is it about leather that you love – where do you like to use it in projects?
Leather adds something to a room that is so important. Whether it’s that perfect color or the texture that you can’t get from a traditional textile. The durability is always important too. It can immediately add age and a key layer to a room. I love having at least one leather chair in each space. We use it a lot on bar stools and kitchen banquettes. Or finding a really unique hide and color for dining chairs. I’ve done leather paneled doors and even worked to design leather-covered furniture.
Do you have a favorite M&G leather?
I am a sucker for Mont Blanc for sure. There is something about the hand of it and, of course, the colors. I covered a reproduction Danish sofa that is part of my line in Mont Blanc for my house and it’s my favorite piece. I also am obsessed with the new Whistler collection of antiqued suede. And I loved putting one of my other fabric vendors Rule of Three who marbleizes fabrics together with M&G and now she is using your leathers to marbleize hides for a bespoke collection. They are spectacular.
The new collections are fantastic. The colors are killer and have a great range and the hand is really beautiful. And the fact that they are sustainable is just an added benefit for so many clients. Especially in California where a lot of the clientele really cares about sustainability. Plus they work rest for commercial applications where the architect might be going for LEED certification.
The hottest spot in town for the best margaritas, tacos and street corn is one of Joe Lucas’ favorites, Salazar. LA Weekly states, “Every now and then, a restaurant can rise above the sum of its parts and be perfectly suited for its exact moment in time. Right now, in Los Angeles, Salazar is that restaurant.”
Paramount Coffee Project
Located just a stone’s throw from Harbinger, this Sydney-based coffee shop serves up some of the best coffee in the city and arguably the best breakfast. The shop says, “On a day-to-day basis PCP is a cafe which focuses on unique, delicious food and exceptional customer service. As a result, there is a real emphasis on the quality of the coffee and paying tribute to all the hard work it takes to get the coffee in the cup.”
Cafe. Bakery. Bistro. Bar. All of these words perfectly describe everything that is Republique. Opening its doors in 2013, this restaurant by Walter and Margarita Manzke has become one of the most celebrated dining establishments in all of Los Angeles.
The man behind New York City’s PDT has recently unveiled a new cocktail bar in Chicago. Located in the Fulton Market Neighborhood – home to the Ace Hotel, Google and a host of new Chicago hot-spots – Prairie School first opened its doors last month and is already the talk of the town – Food & Wine magazine is deeming it “the place to be in Chicago.”
Meehan is a dear friend of the Moore & Giles family. Over the past 10 years, we have worked with him to create two bags made especially for bartenders, put out a leather bound version of his acclaimed PDT cocktail book and developed the Sidecar–our luxury bar cart.
Through our collaborations with Meehan, we have developed a deep respect for his craft and have grown to admire the thoughtfulness that is found in each of his endeavors. We knew Prairie School would be a special place. Partnering with Heisler Hospitality on this project – the group responsible for designing some of Chicago’s top bars & restaurants – Meehan’s creativity is evident in each and every detail. We were thrilled when he reached out to us about using Moore & Giles leather throughout what is sure to become Chicago’s most sought-after reservation.
Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler – the duo behind Heisler Hospitality – use an unconventional and organic approach towards each individual project while infusing their distinctive sensibilities. They have developed award-winning concepts that are current, refined, and timeless. While in Chicago for #DesignChicago, we met up with Heisler to get a peek at the new bar. Kevin and Matt walked us through the space and praised Meehan’s creativity and vision. “With Prairie School, and all of our projects, we want to create spaces that are uniquely special and places that we would want to go to,” says Heisner. Much of the design inspiration for Prairie School pulls from Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style architecture – a reflection of his work in both the US and Japan. In addition to the space itself, Heisner is responsible for all of the furniture design which showcases some of Moore & Giles’ finest leathers.
Be sure to check out Prairie School – and the soon-to-open adjoining restaurant “Regards to Edith” on your next trip to Chicago.
Our first-ever #DesignChicago event at the Merchandise Mart was a memorable one. In order to officially launch our new showroom inside the Mart, we brought along the Moore & Giles Airstream to serve as a giant billboard in downtown Chicago – it couldn’t be missed. Parked along the Chicago River, the #mgairstream caught the eye of not only those attending the two-day design show but also the thousands of commuters coming into the city each day. Many people popped into the mobile showroom to see the collection of leather that we had on display and also learn more about the company itself. It was a wonderful way to let people know about our new showroom on the 14th floor of the Mart.
When the sun is close to the horizon on a sunny day, its light appears warm and soft. This makes the golden hour—a magical time of when everything appears radiant and glowy. The use of gold will add an element of warmth and elegance to any space you design. Here is a handpicked selection of our favorite “golds” from our leather library.
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This month’s #ShowOnTheRoadMG is a special one. Our showroom in Chicago is the first exclusive Moore & Giles showroom. Located on the 14th floor of the Merchandise Mart overlooking the Chicago River, the new showroom houses our extensive collection of leathers.
The Merchandise Mart is one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings. Opening its doors in 1930 it was, at that time, the largest building in the world, and to this day remains the largest commercial building in the world. At 4,000,000 square feet, the colossal structure dominates major real estate in the downtown Loop. According to theMart, “An average of 25,000 people each business day; in total, nearly 10 million people visit theMART each year. It attracts thousands of affluent consumers to its luxury kitchen and bath, home furnishings and outdoor furnishings showrooms each year, and is home to 15 major trade and consumer shows and hundreds of meetings and special events.”
Not only is theMart home to hundreds of showrooms, it is also a hub of innovation and creativity. There are many tech companies and well-known start-ups that call this building home. TheMART was awarded LEED Silver Certification in 2007 and LEED Gold Certification in 2013. According to LEED, “LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.” Click here to take a virtual tour of the building.
Moore & Giles is thrilled to be a part of this community and we look forward to meeting everyone that comes through the doors of Suite 1424-A.
We sat down with showroom manager, Megan Musgrave, to discuss this exciting venture for Moore & Giles.
MG: Tell us about theMART and who it serves.
MM: Primarily theMART serves those involved in all facets of design. Specifically, on our floor (14), the main customer is involved in high-end residential design. We cater mostly to designers looking to complete projects for clients. theMART is a major resource for designers thanks to the number of showrooms located in the building. We serve a lot of the Chicago area, but theMART serves the Midwest as a whole.
MG: How do people navigate theMART?
MM: The building is broken down floor by floor to help narrow one’s search. For example, floor 14 (our floor) is residential – a lot of furniture, etc.. Other floors have showrooms that are specifically for fabrics. The 3rd, 10th and 11th focus on contract furnishings.
MG: Since our opening, have any leathers stood out more than others to designers?
MG: What is it about leather that you love?
MM: It’s the smell, it’s the feel, it’s the natural characteristics – all of these things draw me in. It’s the ultimate ‘fabric’ and there are just so many applications for it.
MG: What’s your favorite spot in Chicago that you’ve seen our leather used?
MM: Chicago Athletic Association – From the hotel lobby to the game room to the bars and restaurants on-site, you’ll find Moore & Giles leather everywhere.
While we were in the city, we checked out some Chicago hotspots that we recommend you visit while you’re in town:
Located right across the street from theMart, the Donut Vault is a hidden treasure [bakery] that serves up arguably the best donut you will ever eat. The quaint artisanal donut shop can hold no more than 10 people, but it has plenty of outdoor seating. Get there early, there will most likely be a line — once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Located on the roof of the Chicago Athletic Association [a former upscale men’s club turned chic hotel], Cindy’s offers stunning panoramic views of Chicago and an impressive food and beverage program.
Slightly outside of the downtown core – in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood – you’ll find Parson’s Chicken & Fish. According to the restaurant, they “enthusiastically celebrate and embrace drinking, eating, and general good times”, and we have to agree. The laid-back atmosphere is the perfect spot to relax and unwind, or even challenge someone to a game of ping-pong. Their extensive cocktail menu is full of no-fail options, but we highly recommend the frozen Negroni.
#ShowOnTheRoadMG stop number four landed us in sunny Southern California. Laguna Niguel, a seaside town in the heart of Orange County, is as picturesque as they come – palm tree lined streets, blue skies and views that are seemingly endless. Located just a stone’s throw from Laguna Beach, the Laguna Design Center is Southern California’s destination for home furnishings and design expertise. With more than 40 luxury showrooms that cater to all design tastes – traditional to modern, the LDC is one-stop shopping for all design needs. Over 1500 lines of furniture, fabrics, leather, lighting, tile, and art are represented in the center that attracts designers from Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego.
Our showroom, Gina B & Company (Suite 136 in the LDC), is owned and operated by designer Robert Spurlock. We spent the morning with Robert getting an inside look at what he does and how Gina B & Company serves its clients.
Tell us about yourself.
I came to work for the original owner of Gina B Furniture in 1997 as a salesperson. I always had a knack for interior design growing up – when I was given to opportunity to work for the company, I took it and ran with it. Soon after starting, I got very involved with the furniture design aspects of the business. In 2007, I was approached by the owner to purchase the company – and that’s what I did! In the 1o years that I have owned the company, many changes have taken place. Two years ago, we expanded from 2300 sq ft to 6300 sq ft. We took the showroom from being a primarily single-brand showroom (my Gina B label) and we’ve curated it into a multiline showroom.
Describe the LDC to us.
There are over 40 design studios in the center – from art galleries to rug studios – we have many multiline showrooms, pretty much anything anyone could ever want or need if involved in a design project. An entire project from top to bottom can be fully curated from the Laguna Design Center. Here at the design center, there are many different price points for design. From very affordable to luxury – Moore & Giles is a true luxury product – and as I like to say, hashtag “living the luxury life!”
Tell us about the design culture in Laguna Beach (Orange County).
People are very much into the coastal/beach aesthetics. A lot of homes in Orange County can be described as “California Coastal”. We serve clients with range of tastes and design styles.
What is it about leather that you are drawn to?
I like the characteristics and the patina that leather takes on. It’s constantly living. No two pieces are going to patina the same because of how people live on them.
What is your favorite Moore & Giles leather?
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy what I do by the creativeness that goes into each and every piece. Seeing something go from an idea to a sketch to a final product in clients home is very satisfying. The biggest reward is when the room is fully dressed and the clients walk in and see it for the first time – watching their expressions is priceless. When the homeowner is excited about all the things that have been curated for their space – that is a special moment to be a part of.
As part of Gina B’s furniture line, Robert has named 3 pieces; the Sackett, the Brooks, and the Matt after members of the Moore & Giles leadership team.
The Brooks Bench – mixes metal, wood, and leather. It embodies how eclectic and stylish Brooks is in one single piece.
The Matt Chair – uses a hair-on-hide to add some uniqueness to the piece.
The Sackett Chair – is all about the details. We describe this chair as refined and polished.
Best part of living in Laguna?
It’s a laid-back, comfortable environment to live in. There’s so much to do. You can be at the beach and the mountains in the same day. It provides a great lifestyle – what’s not to like?
While you’re in town, we selected a few of our favorite local spots to take in a beautiful view or enjoy a meal on the beach:
Top of the World
The best place in town for 360-degree views of the surrounding areas. Take in sights of the ocean and rugged coastline while atop Alta Laguna Park (the park’s official name). A short drive from the showroom, we highly recommend this scenic drive that leads way to a number of walking/hiking trails in the canyon.
The Deck came highly recommended by many locals, including the staff at our showroom. This place is all about the al fresco dining. The Deck’s large patio makes it feel as though you’re sitting on top of the Pacific, and provides views of the beach that go on forever.
During the visit, our Director of Leather Education, Whitney Tinsley conducted a Leather 101 continuing education course to designers and other industry friends. Our IDCEC approved Leather CEU is an exciting initiative for Moore & Giles. The CEU is a comprehensive leather lesson capturing the history of leather, raw material, the process of leather making and various types of leather. This lesson is intended for everyone interested in learning more about leather. Our intention in launching this CEU is to demystify this timeless material and share our love for it. The online CEU course can be taken here for free.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our first stand-alone showroom in the Design Center at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The complete Moore & Giles leather collection will now be available to interior designers and their clients through the brand-new Chicago showroom. This new venue highlights our dedication to the interiors community and will offer designers and their clients the ability to collaborate on custom projects.
Beth Hicks, Managing Director, Marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago, said, “We are thrilled to add Moore & Giles to our collection of showrooms. The company’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship and ability to collaborate on incredible custom pieces make it a natural fit within the Design Center’s largest lineup of residential furnishings in the world.”
We are equally pleased to call the Design Center home. “We are thrilled about joining the Design Center at theMART. Chicago and the Midwest markets represent such an important segment of the design community, and we are committed to being an invaluable design resource in the region,” said R. Sackett Wood, President of Moore & Giles. “The opportunity to have our own free-standing showroom is something we have wanted for some time, and it will play a critical role in shaping our strategy for the future.”
The new Moore & Giles showroom is located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1424-A.
*Free VIP Parking for designers*
For questions, or to set up an appointment, please contact our showroom manager Megan Musgraves: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are proud to announce that we have been named a winner of the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition in the Textiles Upholstery category for The Olive Green Collection. This annual competition, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and in partnership with Hospitality Design Magazine, honors innovation, functionality, and aesthetic advancements in product design for the hospitality industry.
This year’s winners exemplified cutting-edge design innovation with an eye toward form and function,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “Design is key to elevating hospitality spaces and the visionary designs we saw this year will help to craft custom and memorable hospitality experiences.”
Products were evaluated by a panel of distinguished jurors that included: Christopher Evans, associate principal, Rottet Studio; Kelie Mayfield, IIDA, principal, Mayfield and Ragni Studio; and Patricia Rotondo, IIDA, senior principal/director of interior design, Antunovich Associates.
The competition was open to exhibitors at the 2017 HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were announced and celebrated during the conference, and the winning products will be featured on the IIDA website, on IIDA social media to more than 300,000 followers, and in Hospitality Design magazine.
Take a closer look at the award-winning Olive Green Collection here.
Our third stop on the #ShowOnTheRoadMG tour brings us to Charleston, South Carolina. Situated on the beautiful intercoastal waterways of the Atlantic, Charleston, a city steeped in rich culture and history, is the oldest city in South Carolina and is home to some of the most well-preserved architecture in the country. Its homes are bright and colorful, and the shops on the main drag [King St] are full of character. Charleston is the perfect blend of southern charm and coastal beach town. A foodie’s paradise, Charleston’s restaurant scene has exploded over the past few years and is home to many highly acclaimed establishments that will please any palate.
Bursting with character, our showroom is located in a 100-year-old cotton manufacturing plant turned cigar factory, aptly named the Cigar Factory. Since its origins in the late 1800’s, the building has undergone a number of different transformations. It currently houses creative work and office spaces, signature restaurants, event spaces, high-end retail and, of course, our showroom Fritz Porter.
Fritz Porter is a haven for inspired, beautiful and interesting objects that embody a unique spirit and redefine interior experiences. Sarah Hamlin, the owner, explains it this way, “It is a carefully curated antique center, representing 15 different dealers with styles ranging from flea market chic to museum quality classics. It is an art gallery where one can find original pieces by contemporary artists ranging in style from pastoral impressionism to surreal and abstract. It is a fabric and furniture showroom that offers a stellar selection of boutique lines that are not found anywhere else in the Southeast. It is a perfect place to find those one-of-a-kind gifts be it a bauble, a bottle opener, or a book.” Moore & Giles launched our showroom inside this design collective in 2016 and we have felt at home ever since.
We sat down with the lady behind Fritz Porter to talk about all things design, leather and Charleston.
Describe the concept behind Fritz Porter.
I think the best way to describe it is by calling it a ‘hybrid’. It’s part antique center, where we’ve got different aesthetics, styles, periods of antiques and one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories represented. I found what we were really lacking in Charleston was a resource for designers. So, we started bringing in custom lines: fabrics, rugs, lighting, wallpaper, furniture and more boutique brands that are made to order as opposed to cash and carry. It’s one-stop-shopping. Customers can pick and choose pieces that highlight both old and new, which is becoming a lost art. As people start doing the cookie-cutter, mass-produced catalog shopping…it’s important to see and touch and feel and sit and really live with something before you commit to a custom made piece. This gives designers a place to bring their clients to educate and understand the story behind each of the lines we carry.
When was Fritz Porter founded?
Just 18 months ago! I was a designer, working for myself in here in Charleston, and it was making me crazy that I had to go to Atlanta to get anything. My brother was one of the developers of the building and so I got involved designing the interiors and public spaces here in the Cigar Factory. I got to know this building really well and just fell in love with it. I realized, ok–you’ve got a historic building in downtown Charleston [with parking!] and a light-bulb went off. I thought, what a perfect space to have a design showroom! There was plenty of space in a beautiful setting, raw and full of potential.
How were you first introduced to Moore & Giles?
I worked in New York as a designer, so I knew about Moore & Giles from being in the design world and working in the field for years. I knew it as one of the better leather brands on the market. I was re-introduced to it when I came back to Charleston. I was working on a project, sourcing leather for a client and found the perfect Moore & Giles leather in the perfect color for this particular job. It was exactly what I was looking for!
What is it about leather that you are drawn to?
Two things: I think the fact that it is a byproduct of another industry is very appealing. I love the sustainability aspect of it. I can’t stand wasting things, I love that you can take something that would otherwise be thrown away and turn it into something beautiful is so great. Secondly, there’s something very natural about it. We’ve gotten into so much machine made and manufactured things these days, so the fact that leather feels so natural is appealing. Leather tells the story of each piece that it covers. The way that it ages is so nice.
While you’re in town, we selected a few of our favorite local spots to enjoy a coffee, cocktail or bite to eat:
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston, this James Beard Award-winning restaurant by Sean Brock elevates Southern food to new and unexplored levels. According to Husk, “The kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston.”
Leon’s Oyster Shop, named one of Southern Living’s “Best Restaurants in the South”, is the brainchild of Brooks Reitz [founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.] and is one of those places that cannot be missed. Its menu features a full selection fresh oysters from around the country. If you’re looking for a place to relax outside with a delicious drink in hand, this is the place. We recommend the rosé slushie!
Located in one of Charleston’s picturesque historic homes, Hominy Grill has been serving up southern fare since 1996. A Charleston landmark, Hominy Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner–but we recommend the weekend brunch, that is, if you can snag a table at this local hot spot.
Brothers & Craft
During our visit, we were able to catch up with some longtime friends from Charleston. Brothers & Craft is an online editorial brand focused on style and craftsmanship, and their main purpose is to spotlight good style and hard work, foster creativity, and to share some amazing stories. Whether it’s telling some of their own or discovering someone else’s. We have done collaborations with these brothers in the past and look forward to more work with them in the days ahead.
We first met Peter Jacob during High Point Furniture Market inside Wesley Hall’s beautiful showroom. Immediately, we struck up a conversation about his business, his partnership with Wesley Hall, and his life back in Michigan. During our conversation, we learned three things: he values people, he is passionate about his craft, and he’s a big fan of Moore & Giles leather.
Describe the journey that led you to start Peter Jacob Kind Creative.
Peter Jacob Kind Creative began in 2008. I had worked for two pretty great companies and I knew a lot of people in the high end, traditional furniture world. Freelance seemed like a logical step because there were a lot of companies needing design, but they weren’t necessarily ready to hire a full-time designer. The firm is my name with the addition of an intention. As I see it, names should reflect intentions. My goal in business is to be both 'kind' and 'creative'. It's simple, and I think that's what makes it work.
Where do you find the most inspiration?
I like to get ideas from really basic sources. Like most designers/creatives, I get a lot out of travel and experiencing events that feel unique, fresh or that feel like what’s next. My friendships are mostly with creative people and that is a terrific way to gain inspiration also. If you surround yourself with striving, and interesting humans, new ideas are never far off.
When you look up from your desk what do you see?
Not surprisingly, a pin board. When I was in college I would always take over large pin boards in the classrooms. Especially when I was designing furniture for a class project, I felt that seeing every item at once caused me to make better decisions on scale, material, and theme. Even though I had to take it down every night and put it all back up the next day, it was the best way for me to work. Turns out, it still is.
How would you describe yourself as a furniture designer?
The feedback I get from clients defines the goals I set for future projects. I’ve been happy to hear from clients that I’m able to balance use and form. I suppose that’s a shared goal of most designers. But, it means something more when you feel you’re doing that balancing act well while expressing a personal viewpoint. My recent work has carried that balance and that result means a great deal to me.
You have your own furniture collection with Wesley Hall. How did that relationship get started?
My relationship with Wesley Hall is typical in the furniture industry. I knew Zack Taylor, president of Wesley Hall, through a friend years before he took on that role. Awhile into his first year as president, Zack had an idea that turned into our collection. I also knew Amy Huff, the creative director of Wesley Hall, from a shared inter-college scholarship. I’ve added to these friendships within Wesley Hall. That’s the great thing about the interiors/furniture industries, relationships are what make it thrive. Relationships are also what makes it continue to feel worthwhile.
What excites you most about what you do?
There’s no question. The most exciting thing is seeing the designs I created in my head months before coming into the showroom as finished, saleable items. The close second is in seeing what people choose to do with the items I’ve designed in their projects. The final result is always a nice surprise too.
What is special about leather?
Leather? What’s not to like? For me, it’s in the way that it ages so beautifully. Leather mellows and becomes richer the longer you own it. I should clarify…good leather does these things. That’s the key, I guess. Buy high-quality leather and you’ve got a piece of furniture that will only improve with time.
Why Moore & Giles leather?
Kidding! I’ve been a fan of Moore & Giles since I first joined forces with Wesley Hall. I’m always keen on things that are made at a level of a quality met or surpassed by none. Moore & Giles is a company of that ilk. The quality is solid but also, the color selection is extremely good. The taste level is on point. It’s the perfect pair of attributes. Moore & Giles is certainly a dream company for designers.
Where is the most interesting place you have seen leather used?
While it’s been done for ages, I really like leather wrapped desktops. I’ve not seen that for a while…maybe I’ll do that next! We do have several items in the Wesley Hall with Peter Jacob collections that can be leather wrapped. It’s a good way to keep things visually tidy and well mixed.
What’s your dream design project?
I fell like I live out my dream projects as they arise. There’s no real set expectation or goal. Whether it’s working with my partner Jason in the bakery we own or working on national scale events for my event design company @middle.west (shameless plug alert!), I’m just happy to have a variety of projects to engage in with people who really care about the outcomes as much as I do.
We selected 11 gorgeous green leathers to get you excited for spring. Incorporate green into any design project to bring a freshness that resemble the awakening of the spring season.
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Today, we are excited to launch two new offerings in our Olive Green portfolio of organically tanned leather. The two collections, Terra and Aspen, are crafted with Olivenleder wet-green® organic tanning agent made from pure olive extract.
Completely biodegradable and 100 percent natural, the wet-green® tanning extract is produced using fallen or pruned olive leaves generated during harvest. Today, 15 million tons of olives are harvested each year in Europe alone. Until now, the leaves of the olive tree have been burned after the harvest on the plantations. Now, this revolutionary process is enabling these leaves to be turned into a 100 percent sustainable tanning agent for the production of the finest leathers and for the protection of health and the environment.
Our Olive Green leathers are some of the most sustainable leathers available – from start to finish. wet-green® tanning extract is a highly awarded technology for achieving mineral-free tanning. It has received a Cradle-to-Cradle GOLD certification, SEA – Sustainable Entrepreneur Award and was the Launch Nordic winner in 2015.
The first of our Olive Green Leathers, Eden, a semi-aniline Olive Green offering, was launched in May 2016. Eden is an exquisite full grain semi-aniline leather designed on the finest selection of South German raw material. It offers rich uniform color, a soft, luxurious hand and a sophisticated matte finish.
Details on the new Olive Green offerings from Moore & Giles are as follows:
Crafted in Spain, featuring a palette of bright and vivid colors, Terra is an aniline leather with a more natural aesthetic that showcases all of the inherent characteristics of the hides. After tanning, hides undergo a natural, open-air drying process and are then finished with natural oils with water-soluble lacquer bases. The end result is a vibrant leather with a soft, drapey hand and a stunning polished surface.
Terra Colors: Ruby, Deep Sea, Aegean, Palm, Lemon Grass, Cavern, Thicket, Cedar and Black Olive
Crafted in Germany from premium hides, Aspen is an award-winning wet-green® tanned leather from the HELLER-LEDER tannery in Germany. Marked by an exquisitely soft hand and beautiful pronounced grain, it is a pure aniline, heavier weight leather that exudes casual elegance. After tanning, hides are left in their natural, open-pored state and then finished using real beeswax. The end result is a leather with an expressive surface and velvety hand that will develop a striking patina with wear and with age.
Aspen Colors: Umber, Truffle, Onyx, and Acorn
Olive Green leathers are equally ideal for applications as Moore & Giles’ mineral-based tanned leathers—for furniture in residential & commercial/public areas, automotive, aviation, marine & luxury leather goods and shoes. These leathers are an innovative addition to Moore & Giles’ already extensive portfolio.
Known for its live music and mouthwatering BBQ, Austin, Texas is one of America’s fastest growing cities and one of the top travel destinations in the country. Rich in culture, Austin is chock full of shops, restaurants, bars and home to world-class festivals. Our partner showroom, SUPPLY, is smack-dab in the center of it all.
Located in a chic 1930s bungalow, SUPPLY is a boutique fabric, leather, lighting, furniture and wallpaper paper showroom. Sourced from all over the world, their trade lines represent the cutting-edge of the modern and sophisticated aesthetic. SUPPLY offers a curated mix of inspiring product–all exclusive to the showroom in Texas–for both residential and commercial design. Owners Callie Jenschke, Kim West and Kristin Gish started the boutique design business after moving to Austin from New York City.'We are pretty different from other showrooms in Texas due to our boutique style. Everything here is very curated and based on independent artists and independent lines. We work directly with each vendor, and because of that, we have unlimited options for customization.'
As part of our #ShowOnTheRoadMG tour, we had the opportunity to visit the ladies at SUPPLY and chat about all things design, leather, and…well…the best place to satisfy a BBQ craving.
M&G: Tell us the story of SUPPLY.
SUPPLY: We are a multi-line showroom that opened in September of 2015. We currently house close to 75 different lines from all over the world that are independent, artisan driven, lines. I started SUPPLY with Kristin Gish and Kim West, who like myself, are former New Yorkers. All three of us have Texas roots, Kim and I are from here, and Kristin married a Texan. After 10-plus years in New York, we were all ready for a change and decided to come back to Texas. We realized quickly that Austin was in desperate need of design help and resources. Traditionally, designers had to go to Dallas or Houston to find resources for their projects. That, coupled with the fact that I had built up a plethora of resources [lines not available in Texas] from living and working in New York, I saw a need that we could fill. The lines we represent are exclusive to us in Texas and have never been represented here before.
When we were opening, we definitely knew that we wanted to bring in a line of leather. We immediately reached out to Brooks Morrison to see if we could get Moore & Giles leather to Austin.
M&G: How did your relationship with Moore & Giles begin?
SUPPLY: I was introduced to Moore & Giles back when I was an editor at Metropolitan Home Magazine. Brooks Morrison came in to talk to me about Moore & Giles leather and we hit it off right away. After I left the magazine world, I was a designer in NYC and would always use Moore & Giles leather in all of my projects. I would visit Angela Brown’s showroom as a resource. Knowing Angela and her model is something that I wanted to try to replicate here in Austin.
M&G: How does SUPPLY differ from other showrooms in Texas?
SUPPLY: We are pretty different from other showrooms in Texas due to our boutique style. Everything here is very curated and based on independent artists and independent lines. We work directly with each vendor, and because of that, we have unlimited options for customization. We are actually working with people to develop stuff that works for Texas and the needs in Texas. We are very close with our vendors, which adds to our uniqueness.
M&G: Tell us about the design culture in Austin.
SUPPLY: Austin, I think, has always been the redheaded step-child to both Dallas and Houston. A lot of people who could afford designers were hiring people outside of Austin. Also, a lot of designers who were working in Austin were so used to going to NYC or LA to find cool stuff–so for us, we were challenged with changing traditional buying habits by showing people that we’ve got really cool stuff right here! The Austin design scene is changing rapidly. This used to be a super hippy, laid back town, but now with the tech boom, people are moving here in droves from LA, NYC and San Francisco. The design offerings here in Texas didn’t really match the design taste of the people who are moving here. That’s been really great for us to be a part of that growth and change and being the forefront of capturing that audience who is ready for exciting design.
M&G: Tell us about any projects that you’ve been a part of [using Moore & Giles] leather that stand out to you.
SUPPLY: Studio A is a great client of ours. They’re doing a house on Lake Austin that is beautiful. Anne Tucker is the designer, and she uses Moore & Giles frequently. She used Moore & Giles on two chairs in the library of this home that are stunning.
While you’re in town, we selected a few of our favorite local spots to enjoy a coffee, cocktail or bite to eat:
Flat Track Coffee
Located on East Cesar Chavez, Flat Track Coffee is a hipster coffee bar & roastery that has become a popular spot for local coffee lovers since its opening in 2012. Flat Track shares its space with a bike shop, and its decor pays homage to all things vintage. Specializing in several brew methods, their cold brew and cortado were on point.
Fresa’s (South First Location)
The perfect spot for lunch al fresco, Fresa’s tree-shaded patio lends a taste of the neighborhood’s easygoing character. A great place to grab a bite – or happy hour cocktail! Their menu is full of Mexican dishes that are so full of flavor, you’ll want to dine there every day. This location also features a full-service walk-up window ready to serve up a meal anytime.
One of Food & Wine’s finalists for Best Restaurants in 2016, Launderette is the spot for dinner in Austin. The menu is diverse and full of fresh, seasonal options. Located in a converted gas station/laundromat, Launderette’s uncomplicated design and well-balanced menu are the perfect combination. Did we mention they have birthday cake ice cream sandwiches for dessert!?
We also had the pleasure of spending time with our friends at Helm Boots. Their boots, which have become somewhat of an Austin icon, utilize certain Moore & Giles leathers and are made in America. In the coming weeks we will feature Helm founder Josh Bingaman (pictured here) and the team from Helm in an upcoming blog.
Paris Deco Off has quickly become one of our team’s favorite events–2017 proved to be no different. In its eighth year, Paris Deco Off is a 5-day exhibition that welcomes more than 100 prestigious brands to Paris. While enjoying a variety of cultural events and entertainment both on the street and in the showrooms, attendees can peruse all of the new and exciting products that these brands are launching and be the first in the design world to experience these offerings in person.
This year, we kicked off the event by hosting an intimate soiree to celebrate our time in Paris. The party, which was held at the Showroom Ephemere, just steps from the Seine, was co-hosted by Jiun Ho and thesign.
Jiun Ho is the founder of Jiun Ho Inc, a luxury lifestyle and design studio, and is renowned for sensuous interiors that blend his minimal aesthetic with global inspirations. Lively contrasts–textures against clean lines, rich dark woods against sumptuous fabrics and shapes that are both challenging yet inviting–characterize his work.
thesign was established in 1998 by designer and Art Director Patrick Stieger who created a collection to meet the most demanding tastes. thesign stands for luxury and exclusivity which carries the signature of Patrick Stieger, a guarantee of special product with soul and emotion.
The private event, attended by designers, editors, and other friends in the industry, featured canapes and a french wine tasting by the acclaimed husband-and-wife team of chef Noam Gedalof and sommelier Etheliya Hananova. Noam and Etheliya have a combined thirty years of experience working in renowned restaurants in California, New York, Montreal, and Paris, where they plan to open their own fine dining restaurant. Noam’s approach to contemporary product-driven French cuisine is precise, refined and focuses on purity and brightness of flavors. Etheliya is known for a style of wine service that is warm and receptive, highlighting both French and international artisan winemakers who strive to express a sense of place in their wines.
It was a magical night of dining and sipping with both new and old friends.
A handpicked selection of our favorite “reds” from our leather library. These rich shades of red will dramatically dress up any interior.
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Over the course of the next year, we have set out to shine the spotlight on our wonderful partner showrooms across the country. 12 showrooms in 12 months. From coast to coast we will travel, and log stories of the people who work with our leather day in and day out. Along the way, we will highlight the best in food, drink, and goings on about town. We can’t wait for you to join us on this journey.
We begin in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Conveniently located in the heart of one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, Hines & Company is a design showroom that overflows with inspiration the moment you walk through the perfectly shined glass doors.
Celebrating nearly two decades of dedicated service to the Washington, DC design community, Hines & Company is distinguished as a premier independent showroom representing the finest in American and European manufacturers of luxurious home furnishings and textiles. Established in 1986, Hines & Company is renowned for its exceptional customer service and vast breadth of unique materials and furnishings. Their commitment to offer the very best is paramount–from their meticulously curated collection of beautiful textiles, extraordinary trims, unique lighting, custom shades, one-of-a-kind and custom wall-coverings to their expertly crafted, American bench-made furniture, Hines offers one-stop shopping.
In July 2014, the entire Moore & Giles portfolio was introduced into the showroom. Our partnership with Hines & Company offers the perfect venue to showcase our extensive leather offerings. Our teamwork brings a higher level of service, responsiveness and provides an excellent opportunity for our contract, hospitality and residential designers to touch and see the finest leathers in the industry, up close and in person.
We sat down with the ladies of Hines & Company to get an inside peek into their design center.
M&G: Tell us about your showroom.
H&C: We are the second largest multiline showroom in the Washington Design Center. Because we are multiline, when people come into the showroom they become instantly inspired just from walking around. Design is something you need to touch and feel—it’s very tactile. Although convenient, searching online can be flat and uninspiring, whereas coming into a showroom turns into a whole experience of inspiration.
M&G: That must ring true for those designers who are specifically looking at leather.
H&C: Yes, for leathers especially! You can’t imagine what they’re like until you touch them and feel them—the suppleness, the smell, etc.—there’s just so much more about leather than just a glossy photograph, which is why we sample so much. Designers love having the product in their hands. Even the designers who are selecting items online—you can’t just plug that into a spec without actually seeing and feeling the leather. Having a conversation about the application and finding the best leather for the project is what we specialize in.
M&G: Describe how the showroom aids designers in their creative process.
H&C: The Hines showroom has been around for a long, long time. We have a great reputation in the design community, so a lot of times the calls we’re getting from designers looking for direction for their projects. We can provide information and feedback from previous design projects, using papers or fabrics or leathers or whatever the case may be. The team at Hines & Company serves as an extension of the designer’s office in a way. If you provide them with valuable information, suddenly that might open the door to step 2 or 3 of their project or maybe a whole new project altogether.
From an everyday point of view, it can be so distracting for designers to be in their office, at the computer, responding to emails and the demands of the job—so coming into the design center acts as an oasis for them to escape and really focus on their design and draw inspiration, which is really important. We liken it to going to a library to do research—it’s a nice space to get away and spend dedicated time designing. It’s all about design when you enter our showroom.
M&G: What differentiates H&C from other showrooms?
H&C: One major thing that sets us apart is the fact that we offer an upholstery service. We can keep everything in-house. We are definitely one-stop shopping due to the variety of things that we carry—textiles, lighting, outdoor, trim lines, etc.. We can cover the entire house with the top-tier lines from around the world. The lines that we offer carry a prestige and a lot of history. The lines that we offer carry a prestige and a lot of history. They have survived ups and downs of the economy and the industry.
Another differentiator is the fact that our people, our staff, are here to stay. We know our client—there’s not a revolving door of new faces that designers have to familiarize themselves with. We are consistent. This instills confidence in the client. They know we have experience—and even our young team members have experience.
M&G: Are there any standout projects that your team has worked on recently?
H&C: We recently did the Round Robin Bar at the historic Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. We worked with designer Tracy Morris, of Tracy Morris Design, to completely re-do their bar and seating area with Moore & Giles leather. We used Chainmaille Baroque Sahara on the backs of the barstools and it turned out beautifully. On the insides of the stools we used Palazzo Pine, which provided a nice contrast. For the banquettes, we used Monte Cristo Old Bay. The results were stunning, and it was wonderful to be part of a project that carries so much history.
M&G: What’s next for H&C?
H&C: Our youngest team member has been focused on the digital side of the business—our website, social media presence and blogging, etc. It’s been a great way to get in touch with younger designers and introduce us to a brand new online audience. The designers we work with are drawing inspiration from everywhere these days, so maintaining an online presence is very important to us.
While you’re in town, we selected a few of our favorite local spots [not too far from the showroom] to enjoy a coffee, cocktail or bite to eat:
Nestled in Shaw’s Blagden Alley, just minutes from Hines & Company, sits one of DC’s top craft coffee spots. La Colombe is like Candyland for those who love coffee. This Philadelphia-born coffeehouse is known for their artisanal coffees and specialty drinks. They are they originators of the Draft Latte—a drink that combines the texture of a true iced latte and a frothy layer of light foam.
Located in the same alleyway as La Colombe—The Dabney [a recent Michelin Star recipient] is the perfect spot for dinner or cocktail while in DC. Named one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine in 2016, The Dabney is a restaurant that sources food from the Mid-Atlantic region from the finest farms and purveyors. Upon arrival, each one of your senses is stimulated simultaneously. The buzzing bar greets you as you walk in the door, the wood burning hearth’s open flame flickers gently, the meticulously placed artwork transports you back to simpler times—all of these details engulf you. Spot on with their blend of rustic and sophisticated, this is a place you must visit.
Ted’s Bulletin is a DC classic. Ted’s seamlessly combines the charm of an old-school diner with a modern menu and pastry selection that will make your reconsider any New Year’s resolutions you had hope to keep. With two locations in the district, Ted’s is our choice for breakfast or brunch. We advise to not miss out on a #tedstart—their own version of a pop-tart with daily flavor offerings. Simple, beautiful, and packed with a massive flavor punch—don’t miss out.
Moore & Giles was proud to introduce a variety of new leathers at Showtime in High Point, North Carolina. Showtime, High Point’s Semi-Annual Fabric Market is put on by members of the International Textile Market Association (ITMA). “Twice a year, ITMA brings all segments of the home furnishings industry together, in one place, at one time for Showtime. During the months of December and June, this internationally acclaimed market offers the most thorough fabric, leather and trimming presentations in the United States,” according to the ITMA.
To sample from Moore & Giles’ new leather collections, click here.
We did it!
Our team at Moore & Giles joined a bunch of great fellas from our community to help the kids of Lynchburg.
We would like to say a BIG thank you to our friends, customers, and families who laughed at us and donated on our behalf over the last month to raise over $85,000 for the children of our Lynchburg.
All of the funds that were raised will go directly to three great local charities: Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and CASA. Each of these groups is super local, dedicated to serving the kids in our town who need it most.
Our team had an amazing time in NYC meeting new clients and seeing longtime friends at Boutique Design New York. BDNY is a unique way for designers and visionaries to network and collaborate with other creatives in the industry. According to BDNY, “Boutique Design New York is the leading trade fair and conference for the hospitality design industry, serving the eastern United States, Canada and Europe. Presented annually by Boutique Design at NYC’s Javits Convention Center, BDNY brings interior designers, architects, purchasing agents and hospitality owners/developers together with manufacturers and marketers of high-caliber design elements for hospitality interiors.”
This year, Moore & Giles unveiled a completely new booth that featured a leather Verner Panton’s signature CloverLeaf sofa. This iconic sofa was originally produced exclusively for the famous Panton ‘Visiona 2’ in Cologne, Italy in 1970. Today, the sofa can only be found in Prada‘s most important stores around the world. We were delighted to showcase our Mont Blanc Riviera leather onto Panton’s famously unique design. This leather is reflective of the heritage and artisanship of a tannery with generations of experience. Verner Panton had a special sense of colors and their influence on the world. Mont Blanc Riviera has a profound and rich color that flickers to the surface through the layers of finishing waxes. We are proud to use our leather on such a historic design and we believe that Panton would be pleased with the finished product.
Another standout moment for us this year at the show was winning the award for Best Exhibit – what an honor!
This year, during Furniture Market, Verellen invited us to park our vintage Airstream outside of their showroom for the week. We set up our mobile showroom in Verellen’s beautiful stone driveway – where buyers, designers, and other friends in the industry could peruse and sample our leather. It was wonderful to have people connect the dots between supplier and manufacturer – a story of two like-minded companies coming together to make beautiful furniture.
During our time at Verellen, we had the privilege of participating in a “Sip + Learn”. Our very own Director of Education, Whitney Tinsley, was given the opportunity to present Leather 101, a comprehensive leather education course at the showroom. Many folks gathered, with champagne and oysters in hand, to listen to Whitney discuss how leather is made, the leather industry and Moore & Giles as a company.
Verellen is more than just a furniture label. They concept, design and create objects of desire for the home. It’s their business and passion.
Just a quick walk from the heart of downtown High Point, North Carolina, you will find Verellen’s stunning showroom. The moment you pass through the front gate you are instantly swept away into a design paradise – one that effortlessly captures both modern and traditional. The Verellen family, originally from Belgium, has been in the furniture business for decades. Every piece of furniture in family’s line is made-to-order at their manufacturing facility in High Point – a city that is known for its furniture making.
Verellen prides itself on its craftsmanship. They use authentic materials and forgivable fabrics on sophisticated frames to bring to life some of the most timeless furniture in the world. Heavily interspersed throughout Verellen’s collection you’ll find Moore & Giles leather, suede, and hair-on-hide. Verellen is drawn to Moore & Giles leather for its durability and comfort – the way our leather is upholstered onto their pieces is truly a work of art. The natural markings of the hides are highlighted and celebrated on each piece of furniture. Verellen states, “Because our furniture is handcrafted it has a heart and soul – it possesses a spirit like a living thing and embodies fully the extent of ever fiber, stitch, and staple that went into its construction. It breathes with life, transforming over time just as we ourselves do.”
Tell us about the journey that led you to start Marty A. Lowe Design Inc…
I come from a very large, very artistic family. Although my brothers and sisters have many different professions, each of us has an artistic flair. My children have inherited the gene as well. Artistry is in our DNA. I truly believe that is was my family that fostered my heightened way of looking at the world around me. I am always inspired by the items that exist in my daily life. I draw a great deal of inspiration from all things found in nature: the quality of light, the colors, the proportions. I see the world in terms of texture, light, color and form. My design philosophy has always been about lifestyle. I also follow fashion trends as I believe there is a great synergy between fashion and one’s environment. I design for the way that people live, taking inspiration from the things that I love. I always create a living space with the same timeless sensibility that I use to build a wardrobe. That’s what lends a room its spirit and enduring style. Our eponymous firm is a Florida-based interior design firm known for its tailored and refined design, often using elements from the past, which evoke an eclectic, polished and chic style. The firm’s clever use of color and refined eye for furnishings and objects d’art, create a sophisticated aesthetic apparent in all their work ranging from countless yachts to commercial offices, to high-end residences and boutique hotels. Marty Lowe Inc has earned much acclaim in the design world and has been featured in many yachting magazines.
Describe your relationship with Moore & Giles…
Don Giles called on me when I was working with Bertram Yacht in 1986. Along with Moore & Giles leathers, he was promoting a Majilite product. I started using this Majilite product for headliner and bulkhead coverings on yachts and it was a huge success which quickly caught on in the Marine industry. Our firm also sold the complete interior packages for each yacht coming off of each assembly line at the shipyard. In this package were sofas and dinettes from Moore & Giles leather. We purchased thousands of square feet of Deer Run leather each month. Flash forward 30 years and I am still using Moore & Giles leather on small yachts and mega yachts.
Tell us about any unique/different projects you have worked on recently…
A recently completed project was designed around my obsession with the Fibonacci sequence. The layout started with a circular staircase based on this mathematical sequence found in all nature including the nautilus spiral seashell.
What is one of your favorite Moore & Giles leathers to use in design projects?
I have many favorites. I am still a fan of Deer Run for its consistency when using it for cabinet faces and ceiling panels. See photos below. I love Finesse for its artistic quality. See the photos of the random “bricks” from Finesse used as a focal point in a stateroom. In another project, I had an Italian artist hand paint onto the Finesse leather and then we applied it to moving doors to create a mural. The sliding doors open to reveal the entertainment system. The surrounding cabinetry on this yacht had inlays of satin suede I love a natural leather-like Kipling and use it for handrails, cabinetry hardware and insets.
What are some challenges that arise with using leather in yacht design?
For smaller yachts, one must assume there will be wet bathing suits and sunscreen oils. I stay away from natural leather used for seating on these projects.
Last week the Academy Center of the Arts welcomed Clinton Smith, Editor-in-Chief at Veranda Magazine, and Barbara Westbrook, of Westbrook Interiors, to Lynchburg, Virginia. The celebrated designers took part in Design On Stage. With hopes of enhancing Lynchburg’s arts community, Design on Stage is a new series that will highlight different designers in an intimate setting.
Smith and Westbrook headlined a luncheon where they walked the crowd through a selection of Westbrook’s interior design projects. The focus was on restoration and preservation – fitting to take place at the Academy, which recently exceeded its multi-million dollar restoration campaign goal.
Westbrook, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, stated, “I always love coming home and when I first heard about the renovation and restoration about the Academy I really wanted to be a part of things.” The Atlanta-based interior designer launched Westbrook Interiors in 1992. For twenty years, she has made her mark on interiors employing her signature style: tasteful, tactile, timeless and simply elegant. Westbrook’s inviting approach to design has yielded high-style results in traditional, transitional, and contemporary interiors.
Smith, has been with Veranda for 3 years and recently launched a new initiative dedicated to historic preservation. Smith wanted the magazine’s May/June issue to “serve as a reminder that the kind of time-honored handiwork, craftsmanship, and ingenuity that have served the world for hundreds of years need to be discussed, appreciated, and looked at in order to be kept alive.” The issue hit newsstands in May and you can see Moore & Giles’ ad in this issue here.
Photos from Design on Stage:
Last week we hosted our International Sales Meeting – bringing all of our sales representatives together in one location. We had representatives travel from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Singapore, Canada and Germany to be here with us. It was a wonderful few days of training, professional development and team building.
- Whitney Tinsley, Director of Education here at Moore & Giles, walked us through Leather 101, a comprehensive online continuing education course.
- We heard from Thomas Lamparter (of wet-green) who presented on one of our latest offerings, Olive Green Leather.
- Each department updated the team on their new developments over the course of the past 2 years.
- We closed out the meeting with dinner at The Academy Center of the Arts in downtown Lynchburg.
All in all, it was a great time for our team to connect and become better equipped to represent the company. We look forward to having everyone back in 2 years!
Here are some photos from this year’s meeting:
Molly Luetkemeyer is a Los Angeles-based interior designer who founded her own design firm in 2001, M. Design Interiors. Inspired by a range of sources from modern and contemporary art to nature, fashion and vintage design books, Luetkemeyer has developed a signature style that is fresh, expressive and sophisticated. She takes a unique approach to each project, combining her personal inspiration with a thorough understanding of each client’s wants and needs. Her client roster includes Hollywood A-listers, entertainment industry insiders, captains of industry and stylish people from all walks of life who are looking for an injection of color, creativity, art and vision in their space.
Earlier this year we participated in one of our favorite events – Legends of La Cienega. Legends is one of the most anticipated design events in the United States. It is a 3-day celebration of design in the La Cienega Design Quarter that brings together thousands of design and architecture enthusiasts, tastemakers and editors from across the country and around the world. Each year over 60 (plus) legendary windows in the LCDQ become imaginatively transformed by designers from across the country and around the world. These beautifully designed windows are always a highlight of the event.
Molly Luetkemeyer had the opportunity to design one of the windows at our showroom, Harbinger. We recently talked with Molly about her involvement with this event:
Tell us about yourself and describe your journey into the design world…
I am a born and bred east coaster who has lived in California for the last 19 years. Clearly, I love it here! The quality of life, indoor-outdoor living and casual sophistication all suit me both personally and in the projects that I design. I came to California from New York City where I was working with the director, Mike Nichols. We were shooting “Primary Colors” and when the film wrapped, I had fallen in love with Los Angeles and decided to stay. Thus began my quarter-life crisis (I won’t bore you with all the details) but the upshot was that I enrolled in the design program at UCLA and started working with Kelly Wearstler and have never looked back. I started my own company in 2001 and have been fortunate to have a wonderful range of clients in the entertainment world and beyond on both coasts.
Describe the window you designed for Legends and the inspiration behind the design…
The theme of this year’s legends event was “one of a kind”. I approached Joe Lucas about doing one of his windows at Harbinger because I love the range of his vendors. The theme of my window was “custom collaborations” which gave me the opportunity to work with the best in the business: Fromental on hand-painted silk wallpaper; Ryan Mennealy on a custom ceramic lamp that read “unique” in morse code; Merida on a gorgeous, chunky black sisal shot through with copper; Brian Gennett on a custom side table made of bronze and panels covered in chevrons of vintage book covers; Jeff Robinson on a custom mural on the exterior of the window inspired by Christian Beard; and of course, with Moore & Giles on a fabulous leather coffee table with with a gold sunburst etched on the top and down the sides.
What is your favorite part of your involvement with Legends?
My favorite part of legends is always getting to meet and spend time with so many creative, accomplished people in the world of design. It really is design spring break!
What do you like to work with Moore & Giles leather?
My favorite part of Moore & Giles leather is the amazing range of color and texture. They are my go-to for leather because no matter how specific the color, thickness or finish I need for a project, I can always find just the right thing.
Where do you like using leather most in a room?
I like using leather the most on ottomans and footstools that take a beating and get better and better as they patina over time. That said, I like leather on just about anything for just that reason. Recently, I have been making leather pillows with very think hides because they are supple but still hold their shape and work with all of the patterns I love to use.
Molly’s spectacular window design at Harbinger:
Last night, surrounded by family and friends, we had the privilege of celebrating our Chairman’s 50th year at Moore & Giles. Such an accomplishment deserves a party – one that honors and remembers the legacy that Don Giles has left to this company. Stories were shared, glasses were raised and Don’s career was highlighted by the people who have been impacted through his time at Moore & Giles.
We recently caught up with aviation designer Veta Traxler. Veta is a paint & interior designer at West Star Aviation where she provides insight and recommendations on the latest materials available in the marketplace and ensures the proper certification of all materials installed in aircraft interiors.
Briefly describe your work…
I work directly with customers to create a custom interior and exterior paint scheme for their corporate or private aircraft/s.
Why do you love your work?
I love that I get to be creative each and every day. Not only do I get to design for various aesthetic tastes but I get to work on every type of airframe. Within the same day I could be working on a Conquest II and a GIV. The variety makes every day interesting, keeps me on my toes, and doesn’t allow me to get in a design rut.
What inspires you?
My father inspires me. He has been in the industry for 40 years and is the reason I am in aviation to begin with. My fondest childhood memories are winning coloring contest his work hosted, attending air shows, and going to work with him when he had to work overtime on Saturdays. Whether the situation is professional or personal, my father has shown me that if you put your mind to something anything is possible.
Do you see an emerging aviation trend?
Cooler color palettes are emerging and shifting away from the more traditional warmer tone. Incorporating strong pops of vibrant color in small detail areas such as stitching, inlays and pillows is also trending. This allows for personal style and company branding to be incorporated without making a large statement. Lastly, texture has been one of the strongest trends. Customers are moving away from printed fabrics to more quilted, woven, embossed, embroidered fabrics and leathers.
Where is your favorite place to use leather on a jet?
My favorite place to use leather is on the lower sidewalls because you can get really creative with different embossing, etchings, hand painting, and colors to give the interior a very unique look.
What is your favorite era of aviation?
World War II was really the first large contribution that women played in aviation. Women took over repairing airplanes, rigging parachutes, flying military aircraft (WASP), as well as test flying newly repaired aircraft so that the men could go off and fight. Most of these women lost their jobs to men once the war ended without any recognition or benefits. This era lead to a greater social equality in the industry which allowed many of us (women) the opportunities we have today.
Where is your favorite place in the world to travel?
I have traveled all over the world and experience many things. However, since moving out to Colorado about a year ago I have really enjoyed exploring my new home state. Colorado has so much to offer whether you like outdoor adventure or the city life it has it all. One might say, I have traded in my pumps for some hiking boots. It feels so good to be on mountain time.
What is your travel must-have?
For any road trip I always bring a blanket. My fiancé blasts the air conditioning, freezing me out. You think being born and raised in Wisconsin I would be used to the cold but I’m not and this way we are both happy.
What do you pack in your carry-on?
I have the worst luck traveling. If my flight isn’t delayed it’s canceled so I always pack healthy snacks. It can be difficult to find healthy alternatives on the road so I make effort so I can stay on track with my fitness goals.
Tell us about your dream jet?
My personal jet would be pretty unique and over the top. For the exterior, I would want a burnt orange metallic base with black and silver metallic striping. The interior would be mostly monochromatic with pops of color. The carpet would be the main focal point with an intricate unique design. The seats would be nicely tailored with a contrasting stitching. They will have some sort of stitched/perforated inserts that give them a modern sporty feel.
What is one thing from the ground that you wish you had in the air?
I have the most amazing white boxer. His name is Finnegan. If I could I would love to take him everywhere!
View some of Veta’s work here:
To browse Moore & Giles selection of aviation leathers click here.
Meet Emilie Harbor, Lead Designer for Paint and Interior at West Star Aviation, a company that designs and updates your aircraft with extensive material selections and an uncompromising attention to detail.
Briefly describe your work…
I oversee both our East Alton, IL facility as well as our new Chattanooga, TN facility which opened in March. Being the lead designer, I interact first hand with all of our customers and customer representatives (DOMS, Pilots, etc.) and create design schemes for them based off of their taste and requests. Sometimes, our customers know exactly what they want and other times, they rely on me to create an interior that I feel is “up and coming”. The same can be said for designing paint schemes. A lot of times, our customers have an idea in mind, but I help them expand on their ideas and maybe take it in a direction they didn’t envision initially.
Why do you love your work?
I love my work because it’s always something new and different. There is no cookie cutter interior or paint scheme in this industry. It all requires thought, time and innovative ideas to design a plane today. And as I mentioned earlier, when customers are unsure of what they want, they rely on me to create a plane for them that emulates the future while still remaining classic and timeless as the years go on.
What inspires you?
I’d say what inspires me is the gratitude and compliments that I receive from my customers when the job is said and done. It helps reinforce a sense of accomplishment and job well done in my mind that only inspires me to do just as well on the next job. I personally want every job to go flawlessly. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t, but when a plane that I designed several years ago still stops people and makes them comment on the beautiful interior, that’s when I know we at West Star made a huge impact and did a great job.
Do you see an emerging aviation trend in the industry?
The trend I see emerging most often, is creating an interior environment that is very modern yet, “organic”. In order to obtain this trait, I start by utilizing a color palette of earth tones likes taupe’s and grays. From there, it’s all about clean lines and simplifying the cabin as best possible. This includes seat designs that are streamlined and not so puffy and soft, like we’ve seen in the past. For today’s aviation society, the goal is creating an interior on an aircraft that makes it possible to conduct business like an office setting.
Where is your favorite place to use leather on a jet?
I think leather is best showcased by the cabin seats. This is where you really get a feel for how great of a product , leather truly is. The way it contours around the arms and envelops around the foam work creates a look that is undeniably clean and flawless. Here at WSA, our seat upholsters and technicians are by far some of the most talented craftsmen I know. Upon entering a cabin, one of the first things everyone looks at are the seats because, essentially, that’s what you’re going to end up sitting in before take off. That being said, it’s imperative that the leather is of upstanding quality in order to achieve a look that is worth being seen in these multi-million dollar planes.
What is your favorite era of aviation?
Charles Lindbergh, Spirit of St Louis. His tenacity and bravery to fly a plane without any form of safety measure other than him simply “knowing” it would work, is amazing to me.
Where is your favorite place in the world to travel?
Anywhere with a thriving city and beach.
What is your travel must-have?
My cell phone, by far! And now with, “Text and Talk,” utilizing my cell phone while in the air is possible.
What do you pack in your carry-on?
My kindle. Unlike many of my customers who want to be able to access work while flying, I prefer to leave the world behind for a bit and dive into a good book.
Tell us about your dream jet?
My dream jet would be a Falcon 7X. It would have an earth tone/gray interior with a dark stained veneer and satin nickel plating. The seats would have flex wing headrests, as well as leg rests. All of the bulkheads would be veneered with recessed 22″ monitors and I’d have the newest LED lighting installed throughout.
What is one thing from the ground that you wish you had in the air?
I honestly can’t think of anything. I pretty much have everything I need with me.
View some of Emilie’s most recent work here:
To browse Moore & Giles’ selection of aviation leathers click here.
The leather tanning process is constantly evolving. Here at Moore & Giles, we are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways of tanning leather. We are pleased to announce the launch of our first organically tanned leather, Olive Green. Olive Green Leather is produced with olive leaf extract using wet-green technology, which is 100 percent natural and completely biodegradable. Olive leaf tanning uses fallen or pruned leaves to create an organic tanning extract. Olive leaf tanning requires no felling of trees or field cultivation in competition for food production.
“We have been watching and experimenting with leathers in this category for a while but felt this was a product that differentiated itself from the field and stood out among its peers. For me, when you can tell the story of tanning a byproduct with a byproduct, you have a rich story to tell,” according to Sackett Wood, President of Moore & Giles.
Our Olive Green leather is the most sustainable leather available – from start to finish. wet-green tanning extract is the highly awarded technology used in the tanning process to achieve mineral-free tanning. wet-green received a cradle to cradle GOLD certification, SEA – Sustainable Entrepreneur Award and was the Launch Nordic winner in 2015.
Olive Green will be ideal for the same applications as Moore & Giles’ mineral-based tanned leathers – furniture in residential and commercial/public areas, automotive, aviation and marine. These leathers are an innovative addition to Moore & Giles’ already existing portfolio.
The first article in the organically tanned Olive Green collection will be Eden. Eden is an exquisite full-grain semi-aniline leather designed on the finest selection of South German raw material. Eden offers rich uniform color and a soft, luxurious hand while the surface showcases a supple, drapey texture and a sophisticated matte finish.
Olive Green launched at HD Expo earlier this month in Las Vegas.
To learn more about Olive Green Leather click here.
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This month, Moore & Giles’ wellness coordinator, Katie Stevens, announced an exciting plan to break ground on a community garden at our headquarters in Virginia. Moore & Giles’ wellness program is a company wide initiative that promotes a healthy lifestyle for its staff. In an effort to have happy and healthy employees, the program includes; an onsite gym and fitness center, access to a personal fitness instructor, incentives that offer individual and team rewards that promote a spirit of community competitiveness and access to an onsite nurse.
We recently caught up with Katie Stevens to discuss this new addition to the wellness program at Moore & Giles:
What inspired you to start the garden?
I felt like the fitness portion of our wellness program was very well rounded, but I have always been stumped with how to incorporate more to do with healthy eating. I had put up recipes, brought in food, done meal plans for people…but there was never a real hands on aspect of nutrition like there was with the fitness. Tray Petty and I were talking over the winter (he loves to garden) and we started brainstorming what a “community garden” might look like here. My brother-in-law lives in a small apartment in the northeast and participates in one and LOVES it…so I asked him lots of questions, started looking into how various community gardens work, sizes, etc.. It just kind of grew from that initial conversation with Tray.
How does the garden complement Moore & Giles’ wellness program?
I love the hands on aspect of the garden. Having your hands in the soil and growing your own tomatoes to take home and prepare is much more concrete than posting a recipe and encouraging folks to try it at home. My plan, when it’s time to harvest these fruits and vegetables, is to have “lunch and learns” or small-group sessions with people who don’t normally cook with these foods to learn how. If you have never chopped a zucchini, it might be helpful to watch someone do it and explain some options for how to prepare it.
What will be grown in the garden?
Right now, we are growing a variety of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, squash and zucchini, cucumbers, varieties of peppers, eggplant, beets, broccoli, peas, watermelon, cantaloupe and an herb garden.
Who will be maintaining the garden?
Our employees will be maintaining the garden. The garden committee will put together a rotating schedule. It will be all volunteers working on breaks, lunch hours and before or after work. One of the greatest things about our fitness program has been people from all over company working out together. When you don’t normally work with someone, but you see them in a fitness class, you sweat, you laugh and work towards a common goal together. It has really helped form a greater sense of community here. I am hoping for the same with with garden.
Do you have any future plans to expand the garden?
We have ideas all over the place! We started with this size, but are totally willing to expand as long as it is maintained and successful. There were a lot of thoughts to eventually donate food to local food banks if we get to that size. There are all kinds of ideas about other things being grown. I even had a bee keeper call and ask if we were willing to have bees on site! The sky is the limit with this project!
Stephen Kenn is more than a furniture designer. He is an artist. His work is as functional as it is beautiful and each piece tells its own unique story. We had the opportunity to ask Stephen a few questions about his life, his passions and his collaboration with Moore & Giles and Modern Anthology. We love seeing friends collaborate, and this Stephen Kenn/Modern Anthology exclusive is a must-see! Moore & Giles has previously had the pleasure of collaborating with Modern Anthology on the making of the Jay Briefcase, which can be seen here.
Introducing, Stephen Kenn…
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Stephen Kenn and 12 years ago I moved from Canada down to LA to pursue a life long relationship with design. I currently own and operate our studio alongside my wife Beks. We live in a very unique loft building in downtown LA which we have chosen to divide into a showroom / coffee shop space and our work studio is 15 min south.
Describe the journey that led you into furniture design:
When I was 20 years old my friend Steve Dubbeldam and I started a denim brand together and quickly made the move down to LA after attending a trade show in Las Vegas. I fell in love with the process of converting ideas into objects and LA quickly became a playground for learning, meeting people and uncovering unique and untold stories. I began making furniture in response to a question that my wife asked me, “what have you been curious about lately?” I had been thinking about furniture and that week I tore apart our sofa to learn how it was made. I’m still curious and learning new things about furniture construction everyday.
Who and what inspires you?
As I mentioned, I began by taking a sofa apart to learn about how it was made. What I discovered was that typically the upholstery was hiding the most interesting parts. I love to see how objects function and then once every component is exposed there is an opportunity to make them beautiful as well as functional. I was originally very inspired by military materials as well as the simplistic and durability found within military issued supplies. I have since then expanded my scope into new materials including leather, hand dyed indigo canvas, wool blankets as well as polished and plated finishes. I still allow curiosity to be my guide and experiment with new materials that interest me.
Briefly describe your design process:
I begin with a problem. This may be a problem that many other people have designed a solution for. I try to look at as many examples of past solutions as possible and make note of brilliant perspectives as well as careless or cumbersome perspectives. I then move into isolation and freely allow my mind to wander. Sometimes it’s as simple as closing my eyes and building things in my head. I go until I get blocked and then I either work other angles or begin again. I consider materials at this time as well. The result is often “nothing new” to some and yet completely original to others. In my opinion, it takes courage to solve problems in a new way. It exposes our own perspective to the world and although it opens us up to criticism, it also progresses the conversation which is really why I believe that it is ok for me to work as a designer.
Tell us about the exclusive with Modern Anthology:
Modern Anthology approached us with the idea of using Moore & Giles leather on our furniture. I had never seen Moore & Giles leather before but when the samples arrived, I was completely in favor. The weight and hand were both perfect! I was so impressed with all of the colors and finishes and was excited that MA choose the olive for their in store sample. We suggested an antique brass frame with oxblood leather and olive webbing belts. The result was beautiful! I was really impressed and wanted to keep it for myself.
What is it about leather that you think resonates with people?
I’m not sure how deeply people think about why they like leather, it’s more instinct. Typically when anyone picks up one of our leather bags they immediately bring it up to their nose and inhale deeply. The smell triggers either an early memory or a sense of comfort. For me there is always a remembrance of sacrifice involved which can sometimes be an unattractive way to view leather but we shouldn’t forget that it was a living creature and the hide is a remarkable material that had a life cycle and continues to age once it has entered this new life as a functional object. There are many rewards to working with organic materials and I think watching it patina over time is a beautiful reminder to how important it has become to us.
Thayer Coggin is one of the most revered names in the home furnishing world. A name that has long been associated with mid century modern design, Thayer Coggin was a man who developed an unwavering commitment to both quality and simplistic design. We recently visited the Thayer Coggin headquarters in High Point, North Carolina—the furniture capital of the world—and sat down with Phil Miller, VP of Sales and Marketing, to learn more about Thayer Coggin’s journey into the design world.
Growing up in Denton, North Carolina, and later moving to High Point, Coggin always had a fond love for building and creating. Shop class was his favorite in high school and it is there where he began constructing pieces of furniture—he even won an award for a rocking chair he built in 1939.
After serving as a medic in World War II for four years, Coggin came back to the states to start his own furniture company—James Manufacturing. Focusing primarily on basic sofas and chairs, Sears became one of Coggin’s biggest customers. After a few years of manufacturing, Coggin felt the need to develop more as designer. Having discovered many Danish Modern design books during his time serving overseas, Coggin decided to venture to Denmark to explore furniture design in more depth. It was in Denmark that his passion for modern furniture strengthened. According to Coggin, “The simple clean lines appealed to my sense of beauty…(their impression) hit me like a ton of bricks.”
Upon his return from Denmark, Coggin realized he possessed the engineering background to manufacture modern furniture, but he would need to find the right designer to partner with. It was around this time that Milo Baughman, a furniture designer from California showed up in High Point, North Carolina. Baughman, an Air Force veteran, studied design in California at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and the Chouinard Art Institute. He came to North Carolina with the intention of getting furniture manufacturers on board with his modern designs. He met with Coggin in 1953 where the two men decided to become partners with nothing more than a firm handshake. This meeting is now recognized as marking an important inflection point in the history of the American furniture industry. Thayer Coggin Inc. comments, “The unique and creative genius of one, combined with the inventive engineering and manufacturing expertise of the other manifested into the formation of Thayer Coggin Inc.”
From 1953 to 2003, Thayer Coggin and Milo Baughman collaborated on designing and developing mid century modern furniture that nobody else had. Their designs have become the standard for modern furniture. Coggin and Baughman were always committed to high quality design, truly bench-made American manufacturing and premium materials.
To this day, the company is owned and managed by Thayer’s daughter, Royale Coggin Wiggin, in High Point, NC. With a firm dedication to modern design and truly bench-made furniture, Thayer Coggin has developed some of the most iconic mid century designs in the world. Recently, Restoration Hardware made a big move to carry some of the original Milo Baughman designs in their RH Modern stores across the country. Continuing to be on the upswing, Thayer Coggin is striving to develop and design products using premium grade materials and the highest quality craftmenship. “Quality First – Production Second” is plastered on a sign that dangles in the manufacturing warehouse – a telling reminder of the company’s commitment to producing the some of the best furniture in the world.
Here are some images from our visit:
Atlanta based designer and artist, Raymond Goins, believes that every interior, every piece of furniture and artwork, begs the question, “How can I be more beautiful?” Everything must have balance and mystery, charm and intention. He brings the artistry of design to life. We recently collaborated with Raymond, bringing to life a special project at Deco Off in Paris.
Here is his story:
My design business and studio workroom RL Goins is geared to the exclusive residential client, primarily fine furniture and products and interiors. You’ll notice a variety of style influence to the work – much depending on the moment and the client. A common thread is a foundation in classical line and theory and color. I twist and test the boundaries of form finish and material, with unique color finishes and materials in interesting ways, including leather.
This story of how I learned about Moore & Giles goes like this: In 2010, I concepted an interior design space for the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse. It was a huge success for many reasons…one in particular, because of the enthusiastic participation of great partners like Brooks Morrison, Vice President of Product Development for Moore & Giles. Their products speak for themselves and are amazing. In the project I incorporated their gray and canary yellow leathers for a couple of pieces of furniture designed for the space. We also used the same yellow leather for a tufted upholstered door leading to a verre eglomise clad water closet.
The room was also designed with a large encaustic painting of a horse over the tub, metal mesh shutters and accessories from Pratesi and British maker, Asprey of London. We blended this color theme with a unique material sequence fluidly, making it the star of the show. To this day it is known widely as “That Yellow Bathroom” reflecting the contributions and hard work of everyone involved. Projects like that are an incredible experience.
Since the showhouse project, Brooks and I have become great friends, sharing inspiration and catching up at design projects like the Greystone Mansion show, Maison De Luxe in Beverly Hills.
As any creative would relate, when inspiration abounds, it’s easy to get distracted with creative ideas from just about anything. I sketch often and during a project I toyed around with painting fashion illustrations. They became a sort of muse for me now spanning a couple of years and have become popular amongst friends and local socialites.
Moore & Giles recently introduced an incredible new line of calfskin leathers: Couture Calf. It is so refined and supple they decided to present it in a way that references its lush fashion roots.
Couture Calf was to launch at the premier textiles world trade show in Paris, known as Paris Deco off. While the campaign development was underway, Brooks was in Paris reviewing their display space and planning. Serendipitously I sent Brooks an email with some of my fashion illustrations – it was timed with her trip to France. From Paris she called me and said, “Ray! I want to use your great fashion illustrations to launch our Couture Calf line!”…and there it started.
As ink and gouache were put to paper, Moira Giles was born. A fashion sophisticate in a pink dress with lots of personality, Moira’s image (in render) is used in the Moore & Giles ad campaign and print collateral from postcards, invitations to (and appropriately so) major design magazines like Veranda, Elle Decor and World of Interiors.
Onward to Paris Deco Off – Moira must be represented! Brooks and I dreamed up displaying a life size mannequin and decided that I’d design and make a dress for her made of nothing less than a Moore & Giles leather. So we did. Brooks sent me her selections of the perfect leather Moira would no doubt don with pride. The biggest challenge of all was since this was the first realized dress design brought to life…and it was gold, metallic striated and scored leather (amazing and beautiful), we were to present a dress in Paris (a world fashion center) and further, preceding the 2016 Paris Fashion Week!!! Sewn by a local seamstress and considering every detail down to a Moore & Giles faux stingray leather purse. She, Moira was debuted – on the red carpet – at the 2016 Paris Deco Off with huge success. Rave reviews from Japanese, Swiss, Italian and Parisian designers and onlookers.
This was my first Paris Deco off experience so I had no real expectation. It was interesting to see the new collections arriving for market and all the creative ways they were all presented. The Parisian air was filled with grand parties and fine dinners which were a blast to share with a seasoned traveler like Brooks. I also had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the Sackett Wood, President and Matt Buckley, Vice President of Sales for Moore and Giles, which was a highlight. I learned many things about the company including its culture and principles as an innovative and classy company.
It was a thrilling experience that has reinvigorated my internal creative chemistry, further reinforcing collaborations like this in partnership with folks just like Moore & Giles in the future.
We love having the opportunity to sit down with some of our favorite designers – we recently caught up with Brad Ford, one of New York City’s top interior designers, to learn more about his journey from Arkansas to NYC and discuss leather in the design world. Brad Ford has been named one of “10 Designers to Watch” in both New York Spaces Magazine and New York Magazine. We admire his work and dedication to the craft – and we are proud to call him ‘friend’.
Describe the journey that led you to the design industry: My original degree is in Business and Economics from Hendrix College back in my home state of Arkansas. When I graduated, I worked for a computer company in Conway, Arkansas called Acxiom. After being there for about a year, I met a real estate developer who helped me build a small house and I absolutely loved the process. I then became acquainted with a local interior designer named George Anderson and asked him what advice he’d give me if I was to ever pursue a job in the design industry. The very first thing he said was “move to New York City.” The idea terrified me! I stayed in Arkansas for about another year until I could build up the courage to move. I was young, anxious and really didn’t know anyone in the city, but finally convinced myself “why not give it a shot…you can always move back home.” I applied to the Interior Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, got accepted, sold everything I owned and moved to Manhattan. That was almost 24 years ago.
Tell us about the evolution of Brad Ford ID: After graduating from FIT, I had the pleasure of working for two incredible interior designers. The first was the late Jed Johnson who was a true gentleman and had impeccable taste. The second was Thad Hayes, who also has a great eye and a very strong point of view. They each had a very understated aesthetic which had a significant influence on me and my own career. I recall reading a quote one time from another favorite designer, Joe D’urso who said the difference between decorating and design is that “…. decoration is all about addition, while design is more about subtraction.” I love that idea and I believe Jed and Thad both subscribed to a similar theory.
How were you first introduced to Moore & Giles? I’ve known about Moore & Giles through the business for some time, but about 5 years ago I partnered with M&G to design The Great American Woody to help raise awareness for DIFFA and their Dining by Design fundraiser. We traveled across the country together for a number of high-end events to promote and raise awareness about DIFFA and had an amazing time. The next year I was contacted by Bulleit Bourbon to design another Woody for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book so the partnership continued. It’s been an incredible ride-pun intended!
Where’s the most fascinating place you’ve seen leather used? Leather can obviously be used in a number of applications, but I’m always intrigued when I see leather floors. It’s not seen it that often and there’s something about it that feels quite decadent. I especially love the idea of leather floors in a closet.
Do you have a favorite Moore & Giles leather? I really like your Tuscany leather in the color Taupe. It’s such a handsome, warm leather that can work in a number of contexts.
What is it about leather that you think resonates with your clients? I think it’s a combination of everything I mentioned above: handsome, warm, soulful with a slight luxurious connotation that somehow doesn’t seem elitist. I always try to have something in a room covered in leather. It really is one of my favorite materials.
Other projects that Brad is involved with:
In October 2014, Ford organized a modern makers craft fair in upstate New York called Field + Supply. The focus was on modern, elevated craftsmanship showcasing artisans from the Hudson Valley area as well as makers who work in New York City and Brooklyn. “FAIR is an extension of that concept and is now a permanent showroom at the New York Design Center. It is more edited and elevated than the original event upstate, but the focus remains on high-end, handcrafted design and craft. Many of the same designers who showed their work at Field + Supply are represented at FAIR and several of them are craftspeople that Ford has worked with over the years on his own high-end design projects,” according to Ford.
Here at Moore & Giles we recently introduced a variety of new leather collections. These collections have taken their cue from couture and pay homage to the most sophisticated silhouettes found on the runway. They were designed to bring a high fashion perspective to upholstery and help designers infuse interiors with timeless style and refined elegance.
Couture Calf is an exclusive French calfskin designed in partnership with a six-generation tannery in France that specializes in supplying calfskin to the country’s most prestigious fashion houses. Crafted-to-order by skilled tannery specialists on the finest selection of French raw material, it is marked by an exquisite, polished surface that showcases the distinctive, fine grain that makes calfskin one of the world’s most prized leathers.
A proprietary vegetable retannage imparts the hides with a firm, full-bodied hand to ensure that they take on an even more dazzling brilliance with age and with wear. The lack of extensive finishing in the tannage also highlights the unique color variation and inherent characteristics in each hide to accentuate this leather’s visual appeal. Available in an initial palette of rich, jewel-toned colors, Couture Calf was designed to bring a high fashion perspective to upholstery and help impart timeless sophistication and refined elegance to interiors. Average hide size is 18-2o square feet, a further testament to the authenticity and exceptional provenance of the raw material.
In addition to Couture Calf, the following collections were released:
Valentino: Stylish printed stripes of brass, blue and gray cascade down between stripes of hair-on-hide fur to create an aesthetic reminiscent of the most sophisticated striped patterns found on the runway.
Voyage: Designed by a boutique tannery in Italy, Voyage features a classic stitch pattern inspired by vintage driving gloves that is embossed on a soft and supple nubuck base.
Draker: Designed in Italy, Draker is dramatically dressed up with brushed precious metal finishes to impart it with a weathered, worn-in aesthetic. Tastefully sleek, it exudes a mix of refined rock and roll chic and dazzling runway-inspired edginess.
Custom Hand-tooled Leather: Boston-based artist and designer Casey Gunschel has created a new leather collection for Moore & Giles featuring traditional hand-tooling techniques on a canvas of beautiful vegetable tanned leathers. The collection consists of unique and highly customizable designs that are available on an exquisite palette of skirting leather crafted in the United States.
Our friends from Modern Anthology recently threw a launch party to introduce an exclusive range of leather options to the iconic Inheritance Furniture Collection by Los Angeles based designer, Stephen Kenn.
The event was held at Modern Anthology’s second retail location in Boreum Hill, Brooklyn – Delicious cocktails were enjoyed while guests mingled around the stunning new pieces by Stephen Kenn made exclusively for Modern Anthology (an independent men’s lifestyle shop and design studio).
According to John Marsala of Modern Anthology, “We brought our interior design sensibilities to the table and became a conduit to connect Stephen Kenn, whose heirloom goods and timeless furniture we’ve long been fans of, with Moore & Giles, retail partners and friends at the 83-year old Virginia based leather company with a long history of producing quality leather for the furniture and aviation industry.”
Featuring six unique and full grain leather options by Moore & Giles, including Americana Brown, Potomac Tan, Brentwood Red Oak, Brentwood Navy and Valhalla Dove; each carefully milled natural hide was selected to perfectly complement Stephen’s Inheritance Collection of timeless chair and sofas.
Composed of steel welded frames, webbing belts, smooth leather straps, and simple bucket details, each domestically crafted piece is available in a range of customizable finish options and made-to-order in 6-8 weeks.
Click here to learn more about our other collaboration with Modern Anthology.
Paris Deco Off 2016 begins today and we are thrilled to be in France to be a part of this exhibition – this will be our first time participating in this esteemed event. Deco Off runs January 21st through January 25th at the Au Fond de la Cour Gallery situated just off the Seine River in the heart of Paris, France.
“Deco Off in Paris is a truly unique event. It will allow us to genuinely connect us with our international customers. I feel it brings together the best in the industry, in a vibrant and creative atmosphere” states Matt Buckley, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Development at Moore & Giles.
We are proud to start the year off debuting our new leather line at Deco Off – Couture Calf. Couture calf is the first calfskin available, from Haas Tannery, to be offered in our industry. Previously, this leather has only been available to the finest couture fashion brands. We are thrilled to make this exclusive leather accessible to design professionals who want something exceptional.
In its seventh year, Deco Off is a 5-day exhibition that welcomes more than 100 prestigious brands to Paris. While enjoying a variety of cultural events and entertainment (on the street and in the showrooms), attendees can peruse all of the new and exciting products that these brands are launching and be the first in the design world to experience these offerings in person.
A lot of buzz is being created around the party that is scheduled for the evening of January 23rd—140 gigantic linen lamps of Masters of Linen designed by the creative and editors will light the way along the streets of the Right Bank and Left Bank until 11pm. Throughout the event, 25 free shuttles will provide transport between the two banks.
This is a free event, open to the public and design professionals.
For more information on Paris Deco Off visit: www.paris-deco-off.com
Several members of our Moore & Giles team recently traveled together to take part in the National Business Aviation Association event (NBAA). Arriving in style in the Moore & Giles Airstream, our team set up shop in Las Vegas for the 3-day event. This year’s NBAA marked our eighth year of participation at this aviation show.
More than 27,000 key aviation contacts from around the world, including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place to get critical work accomplished. According to NBAA, the premier industry event offered, “1,000 exhibitors with the latest products and services and nearly 100 side-by-side business aircraft on static display. Dozens of education sessions to help business aircraft operators fly safely and efficiently.”
Chad Evans, Director of Aviation at Moore & Giles states, “NBAA is the premier event to connect with people within the aviation industry. We are able to share our collection of leathers with flight attendants, designers, pilots, DOM’s, and completion centers from all over the world.”
NBAA has been integral part of the Moore & Giles story as it has been the event that many of our aviation specific leathers have been launched. This year was no different—Moore & Giles launched two new, very special leather collections to its library—Orion & Celine.
Orion – Designed on the finest selection of South German raw material, Orion is an exquisite full grain, semi-aniline leather that offers rich, uniform color and a soft, luxurious hand. During tanning, an assortment of water-based mineral agents are used to impart the surface with a supple, drapey texture and a sophisticated matte finish. Premium dyes are also utilized to ensure superior color translation and color consistency across the hide. From start to finish, Orion’s production is managed exclusively by the tannery to ensure premium quality of the finished product and superb cutting yields. All hides are treated in the drum to pass FAR 25.853 (i)(ii).
Celine (coming February 2016) – An exclusive French calfskin designed in partnership with a six-generation tannery that supplies leather to some of the world’s most esteemed fashion houses. Designed on the finest selection of French raw material, it is a luxurious and lightweight semi-aniline leather that showcases the beauty of a smooth calf grain. Marked by its incredibly soft and drapey hand, it offers exceptional color consistency and uniform texture across the hides. Celine’s production is managed exclusively by the tannery to ensure superior quality of the finished product. Hides are inspected at each stage of the tanning process to achieve the best possible selection and cutting yields. All hides are treated in the drum to pass FAR 25.853 (i)(ii).
Another notable highlight from NBAA 2015; JetModa formally rolled out its new magazine. Its publishers were on hand passing out copies of their first issue at their booth. According to JetModa, “We set out to create a similar mandate (to Apple Inc.), one visually sparse and clean – but rich, evocative and substantive in content. One can argue that there are plenty of aviation magazines out there – but our rebuttal to that is…well, our magazine itself. We rather believe in the notion that if you have to scream for attention, you’re not doing something right. And that was the opportunity for us, both as individuals and publishers – a chance to raise the bar and represent private aviation in a fresh, elevated way.”
As always, we are already looking forward to next year’s event set to be held November 1-3, 2016 in Orlando, FL. For more info on NBAA 2016, click here.
We recently had the joy of visiting our friends from CR Laine at their High Point showroom – an experience in both color, craft and hospitality.
From the first hug to the last hug of your visit in the CR Laine showroom you understand this is an emotional visit—a connection from both people and creativity. As you step off the elevator, you’re greeted with beautiful bursts of color and soon after the energy and hospitality of the CR Laine family. The person who embodies this best is VP of Merchandising & Marketing, Holly Blalock. Her warm smile and spirit immediately remove any fear of a fussy furniture executive, and almost involuntarily activate a reciprocation of genuine joy.
Safe to spectacular. The easiest way to describe CR Laine’s shift as a company. Holly has helped to lead that shift along with her counterpart, Mark Gilmore, VP of Sales. CR Laine has transformed into a destination for inspiration for both interior designers and retailers.
Since 1958, CR Laine has been producing some of the best in customized, bench-crafted upholstery out of their Hickory, North Carolina manufacturing campus. Their mission statement, revised in 2011, is simple: “We create inspiring upholstered furniture through innovative STYLE. COMFORT. and COLOR.” And Color has been the word that best defines the connection between CR Laine and Moore & Giles.
“Color is an incredibly important part of our relationship with Moore & Giles,” shares Holly. “I look to fashion, art, nature, and the everyday for inspiration. And, when I spy a color combination that gets me jazzed, I know I can look to Moore & Giles to have the most fashion driven leathers to block and layer into the CR Laine collection. Mint, marigold, blush, thistle – they have it!”
While Holly is often the driver of color, Mark is focused on the desires of customers in the design community and retailers alike. “Our Color connects buyers on an emotional level,” says Mark. “But, our shapes, having the best comfort in the industry equals sales!” And judging from the response to the latest High Point Furniture Market, “the best” would be a great way to describe the traffic and sales.”
The way that CR Laine experiments with color evokes many emotions – it really does make you feel something -connecting their customers with a piece of art and craft, not just pushing a silhouette or fabric. Like their #Morethanfurniture states, they are creating pieces that will both inspire and touch lives for years to come.
“I want to know I have made a difference in someone’s life,” says Holly. “I want the pressures of the day to be dialed back when they walk into their home that they love.”
We are excited to introduce Carlyle, our comprehensive new line of leather for Fall 2015.
Designed on the finest selection of South German raw material, Carlyle is an exquisite full-grain semi-aniline leather that offers rich uniform color and a soft, luxurious hand. During tanning, an assortment of water-based mineral agents are used to impart the surface with a a supple, drapey texture and a sophisticated matte finish. Premium dyes are also utilized to ensure superior color translation and color consistency across the hide.
“Designers want something fresh, something new and creatively forward leaning,” Matt Buckley, senior vice president of sales of Moore & Giles, explained. “That’s where we are focused we are focused on adding value due to our broad range of color in our exquisite natural leathers that will influence the design process.”
The collection’s extensive palette of 64 different colors offers designers the freedom of color choice in a high-performance, premium-quality semi-aniline leather. Additionally, excellent cutting yields and ease of cleanability add to Carlyle’s enticing appeal, making it an ideal option for modern day applications. Hides will average more than 50 feet.
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We are excited to announce the launch of a new Southern California showroom in the La Cienega Design District of West Hollywood.
As of last week, our leather collection is now featured in Harbinger, represented by distinguished designer, Joe Lucas. Harbinger is our newest addition to our global network of showrooms. As part of the new relationship, the entire Moore & Giles portfolio will be showcased in this stylish showroom.
We recently sat down with Joe Lucas to discuss his journey into the design world, his showroom and the new partnership with Moore & Giles:
Briefly explain the journey that led you into the design industry…
I sort of fell into it when I started working for a designer and shop owner, Claudia Benvenuto, working in her antiques shop as a side job. I fell fast and love that I’ve followed in her footsteps being both a designer and shop owner as well almost 18 years later.
Tell us the story of Harbinger…
Harbringer started out in a tiny, little 400sf space in Almont Yard, basically because my friend Peter Dunham opened his original Hollywood at Home above my office and said, “If I have a shop, you need a shop!”. Over the next six years we grew in spurts, eventually leading me to a 5000sf building in the heart of the La Cienega Design Quarter in 2011. I recently added another 1000sf this month with the addition of Harbinger By Hand. Harbinger now represents over 40 lines and has become a design destination in Los Angeles.
How were you first introduced to Moore & Giles?
I had always known about the company and product, but I really fell in love with it when I met Brooks Morrison. She was so excited about the Harbinger brand and wanted to come up with some way of getting us working together. So, we co-hosted a party with the Hearst Design Group in 2014 for the Legends of La Cienega design event and it was a hit! We repeated the party last year and now have finally been able to add Moore & Giles to our family of lines in the showroom.
What excites you most about the partnership with Moore & Giles?
I love to be surrounded in the showroom with my favorite things, and Moore & Giles is definitely a favorite when it comes to the leather and the company as a whole. There is something very special about the people who work with the company. It’s all one big family and I can’t think of a better example of what I strive for at Harbinger. The product is incredible, from the leathers to the handmade furniture.
Do you have a favorite Moore & Giles leather?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I am biased with Mont Blanc in Winter Pine because I have it on my Danish sofa in my living room. It’s the most beautifully perfect British Racing Green color that I am currently obsessed with!
What is it about leather that resonates most with your clients? Where do you like using leather the most?
There is something so special about leather. It adds an important layer to every project, so there is always a spot for it. I tend to use a lot on dining chairs or on an ottoman. I’m obsessed with the hand tooled leather panels that Moore & Giles is doing. They are insanely beautiful and have endless uses for walls, doors, ceilings, etc.
We are proud to be working with Joe Lucas and his wonderful team. We had a fantastic time at the #HarbingerByHand launch party last week in Los Angeles. Below are some photos from the event. For more info on Harbinger: www.harbingerla.com
John Fees’s taste in automobiles is a simple reflection of his values. John is fine with things taking time. He respects the craftsmanship and hours a car like his Morgan Plus8 requires to build. A process of singularity that demands patience, but once completed it results in a beautiful one-of-a-kind car that is distinctly unique.
When John began to rebuild the Morgan he came to Moore & Giles and walked through our headquarters with our President, Sackett Wood, to find just the right leather for the renovated interior – something that reflected both his nature and that of the car. John and Sackett chose a very special handcrafted leather from our Italian tannery called Citation Brown.
Citation tailors beautifully, imparting each curve of the car’s interior, its own distinctiveness and character. Its extensive milling and polishing are its finishing touches. Both car and leather work together to celebrate their one of a kind nature. Time is always friendly to partners like these and age seems only to add grace and beauty.