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Eleanor Rigby Debuting New Leather Line in Showplace at October High Point Market

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Article Summary: Eleanor Rigby targets its line to mid-sized independent retailers with a strong presence in the medium- to upper-level price range.


The Eleanor Rigby Leather Co. is debuting its new line of benchmade leather sofas, sectionals and recliners in Space 3555 of Showplace at the Oct.13-18 High Point Market.

Founded in 2011, Eleanor Rigby specializes in leather upholstery made with 100 percent top-grain hides sourced from the some of the world’s finest tanneries, said Christopher Thorpe, president and co-owner along with Peter Robinson. Styles range from modern, Euro-contemporary models with chrome and stainless steel accents to traditional pieces with hand-antiqued, full-grain hides, embossing and nailhead details.

Thorpe said the line also includes some leathers that “our skilled artisans hand rub to create a dramatic vintage look. The result is a finish with a buttery soft hand that enhances the natural characteristics and markings of the leather.”

He added the company’s frames are built “to stand the test of time,” with a rugged combination of premium, kiln-dried hardwoods and plywood that have been corner blocked, glued and stapled for strength and durability.

Seating cushions are constructed from high-resiliency, Cal. 117-compliant fire retardant foam and many models include an individually pocketed innerspring core. Seat cushions and back pillows typically feature a premium feather/down/polyester fiber blend for a luxurious, plush sit.

Eleanor Rigby’s line is produced in its own plant in Tijuana, Mexico. The company’s headquarters are in San Diego. Products are shipped within four to six weeks of ordering and can be drop-shipped anywhere in the United States, according to Thorpe.

Eleanor Rigby chose Showplace as the location for its new showroom, Thorpe said, because of its strong mix of upholstery sources. “We like the spirit of the building — it’s upbeat, lively and modern.”

Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for International Market Centers, said the addition of Eleanor Rigby reflects the dynamic nature of the High Point Market. “As the world’s leading furniture market, it’s the perfect place for new companies to introduce their lines. Buyers know that they will find the latest, most exciting home furnishings in High Point.”

Eleanor Rigby targets its line to mid-sized independent retailers with a strong presence in the medium- to upper-level price range.

The company showed in the Hamilton Court Building at the April market.

About International Market Centers: Showplace is owned by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC buildings in High Point include International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Showplace, Showplace West, 200/320/330 N. Hamilton, Market Square & Suites, Market Square Tower, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza, National Furniture Mart, Hamilton Market and 300 S. Main Street.

IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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