In The Industry December 2017

Appointments At Amer Rugs, Robert Allen Design Group, Design Weave


Year’s end brings a range of staff appointments at leading home fashions companies:
• On Nov. 9, 2017, The Robert Allen Duralee Group™ (The RADGroup) announced the appointment of Stephen Levine to creative director, overseeing the Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Duralee and DF Monogram brands. Levine is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in developing and managing The RADGroup residential product lines in all categories, including fabric, furniture, trimmings and drapery hardware.
Most recently, Levine was the senior design director at Frontgate, Grandin Road and Porto Forma.
“The merger between The Robert Allen Group® and Duralee® this past Spring has created a unique opportunity for the continued growth of our brands. It was important to bring in an individual with innovative foresight, a deep understanding of the design industry and the appreciation for the stylistic nuances of each of our product lines,” says Lee Silberman, ceo, The Robert Allen Duralee Group.
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• On Nov. 7, 2017, DesignWeave®, a vertical manufacturer of technology-driven bedding, announced the addition of Tracy Laskowski Miller in the newly created role of executive vice president of merchandising and marketing. Miller will focus on spearheading rapid innovation and growth across DesignWeave’s portfolio of technologies for sheets, pillows, comforters and mattress pads. These efforts will include 37.5® Technology, a microclimate comfort and performance technology for use in fabrics and in down and down-alternative fills.
“Miller is an experienced, accomplished leader and spokesperson with a track record of innovation and new product success at the most respected companies in retail and hospitality,” says Henry Wang, ceo, DesignWeave USA.
Prior to joining DesignWeave, Miller worked with retailers creating innovation at Pacific Coast Feather Company.
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• On Nov. 3, 2017, Amer Rugs named Bret Baker as national sales manager. In his new position, Baker is responsible for the guidance and leadership of the Amer sales force, furthering the expansion and growth of retail partnerships nationwide and raising Amer’s presence in the furniture and home segments.
Baker previously held positions as vice-president of sales at Thomasville, Broyhill and Lane brands. He also served as national director of sales at Russell Athletics and worked in a similar capacity with Reebok International.
“Bret’s knowledge and experience of the furniture industry, along with his background of success in sales management, makes him a terrific addition to our team,” says Tanuj Gupta, president, Amer Rugs.
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