High Point, N.C. November 10, 2014: Retailers and designers from locations across the U.S. attended the inaugural "Marge Carson School of Fashion and Design" held in the High Point Showroom of the luxury furnishings brand here late last month. The two-day education program intentionally took "a different approach to retailer training, one that emphasized our design process and the extraordinary customization available with our 75-plus finishes, trims and over 700 fabrics, " said Will Sharp, president. "We acknowledge that today's high-end consumer expects something very special from home furnishings, and we want to be sure that designer sales associates are equipped with the confidence and understanding to demonstrate the value, uniqueness, quality and fashion of the Marge Carson product line," he added.
With retailer and designer attendees including Louis Shanks of Texas, Toms-Price of Chicago, Howard Lorton Interiors of Denver, Birmingham Wholesale, Sheffield Interiors of Maryland and Kathy Adams Interiors of Dallas, Marge Carson felt the educational event was a "tremendous success," Sharp said, adding "the retailers said the program equipped them to increase their own personal sales of Marge Carson, and to assist others on staff at their respective stores to increase their sales as well."
In addition to the emphasis on design, fashion, craftsmanship, customization and the style and scale diversity of the company's product line, the School of Fashion and Design emphasized an "in-depth, up-close and personal approach," Sharp said. "We wanted to have a smaller group so we could get lots of good feedback and interchange."
Each retailer and designer participant received a miniature chair hand-crafted by Marge Carson in cast brass as a memento of their attendance.
Marge Carson is already making plans for another School of Fashion and Design in 2015.
Headquartered in Pomona, California, Marge Carson was founded in 1947 by interior designer Marge Carson of Pasadena. One of the world's leading privately-owned furniture companies, Marge Carson is a resource for high-end residential upholstery, bedroom, dining and occasional furniture. Known for generously scaled furniture and exquisite details, Marge Carson enjoys a reputation for fine craftsmanship, quality, phenomenal designs and fabrics, finishes and trims and is available nationally through high-end home furnishings retailers, design center showrooms and interior designers. Marge Carson furnishings are made in America as well as in Mexico and the Philippines.
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