Lillian August Opens Manhattan Location
December 14, 2010,
NEW YORK-Home furnishings and interior design retailer Lillian August opened its fifth location last month and its first freestanding store outside Connecticut, where it is based. The 17,000 square-foot space here on West 20th Street aims to be a one-stop resource for both consumers and interior designers, Dan Weiss, president and chief executive officer, told HFN, as it's a showroom, antique shop and design store all in one.
And Manhattan was a desired location for the retailer. "We knew we wanted to be in the city," he said. "We were looking for a lot of years."
About half of its product line is exclusive or one-of-a-kind, Weiss said, while its interior design segment is about half of its business. Besides its three Connecticut locations, the retailer also recently opened a new location in Los Angeles' H.D. Buttercup furniture emporium. The retailer was founded by Weiss' mother in 1987.
"We're happy if the consumer buys a pillow or we design their whole house," Weiss added. And he was already satisfied with the new location. "We're glad we're here; it already feels like home."