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Christy's Newman to head Designers Guild U.S. sales, showroom

Retail Editor 2, July 8, 2011

London - British firm Designers Guild - known for its bright, refreshing designs - has established a New York showroom at 230 Fifth Avenue and hired ex-Christy's exec Oliver Newman as vp of the U.S. business.

The new space will showcase Designer Guilds' fashion bedding, blankets, throws, dec pillows, rugs and home accessories as well as serving as the company's U.S. headquarters.

Designers Guild has established a strategic alliance with sales rep organizations arounding the country, including Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.

"Our U.S. business is now at a significant level with a substantial network of outlets as well as a growing ecommerce business offering total nationwide distribution," said Simon Jeffreys, ceo of Designers Guild Group. "Oliver joins our business at an exciting time and brings with him great relevant expertise and experience."

Newman was previously president of Christy USA and remained with the luxury British bath and bedding producer after it was acquired by Welspun in July 2006.


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