Lawrence Phillips, Phillips Collection Co-Founder, Dies

Lawrence PhillipsLawrence Phillips

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Lawrence Phillips, co-founder of the Phillips Collection, died earlier this month. He was 95 years old.

Phillips was born in New York and spent his life traveling the world. After graduating from Brooklyn College at the age of 19, he went on to serve in World War II.

After the war, Phillips went into dress manufacturing, running factories in Hong Kong and selling to high-end department stores like Bloomingdale's. He founded Phillips Collection in 1983 with his wife Shirley, son Mark and daughter-in-law Julie Phillips. Phillips, along with the Phillips Collection, is regarded as a pioneer for bringing Asian style to the United States furniture market.

Phillips is survived by his wife Shirley; sons Michael and Mark; and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.


Subscribe to
HFN Omnichannel
Receive the news you need to know about the trends in the industry delivered right to your inbox.

Current Issue

  • HFN May digital issue


    May 2017

    COVER STORY: HFN Turns 90

    We commemorate HFN's 90th anniversary by paying tribute to the iconic retailer and supplier brands--and the people--that have helped the industry flourish, then and now.


    • Up & Coming Leaders - The home industry is in capable and visionary hands as this year’s 40 Under 40 list attests. Today’s young leaders span all disciplines and varied levels of operation.
    • Omnichannel Retailing - In the Mobile App World, Time is Money