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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
Last week, we opened the doors to our first-ever retail shop at our Forest, VA headquarters. Our shop will feature a limited and rotating selection of hides from our extensive leather library. Hides will be sold at a flat rate price for walk-in customers. In addtion to full hide sales, there will also be a small selection of home goods and furniture. We are excited about this new venture and we cannot wait to see our leather used on our customers projects. The Moore & Giles leather shop will be open on the last Wednesday of every month from 9am-4pm [1081 Tannery Row, Forest, VA, 24551].
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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
Aircraft Completions Designer
Briefly describe your work…
My responsibilities include the re-design of exterior paint and all interior finishes of private and corporate jets. A design job can range from just carpet selection up to an entire refurbishment – including the headliner, window panels, lower side panels, seat and divan covering, veneer cabinet finish, counter tops, plating, floor covering and accessories.
Why do you love your work?
My work brings new challenges everyday. I’ve witnessed so much change in my 25 years at Duncan. There are many more material and finish options, which allow for so much more creativity.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in everything from the smallest detail in nature to the largest displays of color in the sky and in all forms of architecture and art … I guess just about everywhere.
Do you see an emerging aviation trend?
Light colors and a more serene space.
Where is your favorite place to use leather on a jet?
I mostly use leather on seating. I especially like the leathers with a little metallic to show off the contour of the seat.
What is your favorite era of aviation?
As of today the 1950’s…. due to a really fun project I am working on.
Where is your favorite place in the world to travel?
What is your travel must-have?
Leather bags, leather everything.
What do you pack in your carry on?
Tell us about your dream jet.
It would be very artsy. The exterior paint scheme would be something fun and artistic, something with a wow factor. The interior would have seats covered in hair-on-hide and a light two-tone metallic leather. There would be lots of other cozy finishes, from the headliner to the floor covering.
What is one thing from the ground that you wish you had in the air?
I would have an exquisite sound system and a big screen monitor. I would have more of the options I have in my home.
Participating teams each tackle community service projects within their own areas/passions for local non-profits and the projects are then judged by a national collection of judges to award the winners. The winners then receive funding for their non-profit. Congrats to this year’s 1st Place winners – TEAM ROCKSTARS
We are honored to serve Project Change and the families of the Kansas City Metro area. Over the last 6 years, Project Change is estimated to have saved the community over 1 million dollars, assisted 130 non-profits and helped thousands of lives.
From our 80 years of experience in the leather industry we have developed our own suite of leather care products. Our collection of products includes cleaners, protectors and primers specifically formulated to help clean, condition and protect the finest natural and finished leathers so they will look their best for generations to come. To buy or learn more click here.
And here is a quick tutorial on the Natural Leather Care Products: