Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Ethan Allen continues its international expansion with Design Centers opening in Brussels and Montreal, bringing the number of international locations to nearly 100.
The company’s first Design Center in Europe opened on Place Du Grand Sablon 37, Brussels on Dec. 7, and will serve as a springboard for further expansion in Europe.
Ethan Allen will use its presence at Maison Objet in Paris in January to build interest within the European design community and draw potential partners. In 2013, the company will also launch a European website and the IDA program.
“We chose Brussels for our European debut because it is truly in the center of Europe and our grand, three-story showplace on beautiful, historic Sablon/Zavel Square because it is at the center of the Brussels design community,” said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari.
Ethan Allen has had a presence in Canada for over a decade and plans to continue its expansion into other Canadian markets. Located in the upscale Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping center at 998 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, the new 10,000-square-foot Design Center in Montreal opened on Nov. 28. The company launched its first-ever bilingual e-commerce website to coincide with the opening.
“As an UNESCO City of Design, Montreal made perfect sense for the expansion of a design-focused brand such as ours,” said Kathwari. “We chose the Montreal location because it’s in the center of the city, where our clients shop, and because we believe that the style-seekers there will relate well to our luxury made affordable approach to interior design.”
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