Sferra Purchases Brahms Mount

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December 7, 2015David Gill

SferraEDISON, N.J.-Sferra Fine Linens has acquired Brahms Mount, a textile design and manufacturing facility in Monmouth, Maine, and retail store located in Freeport, Maine.

Terms of the acquisition, which took effect Dec. 4, were not disclosed. Brahms Mount’s core products include throws, blankets and linen towels. A Sferra statement said the manufacturing facility is the only mill weaving linen in North America. In addition to the Brahms Mount collection, the firm creates and weaves custom and private label programs for retailers across the nation.

“For Sferra, (the acquisition) certainly represents a vertical expansion—giving us new manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. and increasing efficiencies for both companies,” said Steve Schneider, Sferra’s president. “Our goal is to align the two companies as two distinct brands, and by so doing, we offer both respective retail customer bases more products which will resonate with our shared luxury consumer.”

David Kaufman, previous owner and president of Brahms Mount, will continue with the company as director of business development. “We share the same core customers as Sferra, and we value the same quality attributes of pure, natural materials and artisanal craftsmanship—yet we offer something uniquely different to their mix of products,” Kaufman said.

Brahms Mount was founded in 1983 by local Maine artisans Claudia Brahms and Noel Mount. The company used antique shuttle looms to craft signature American textiles with all-natural cotton, linen and wool fibers.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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