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Ethan Allen CEO Hosts Interior Design Affiliate (IDA) Event in Chicago

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Article Summary: Farooq Kathwari joined members of the Ethan Allen Interior Design Affiliate (IDA) program and other Chicago-area interior designers.


Ethan Allen reported that its Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari joined members of the Ethan Allen Interior Design Affiliate (IDA) program and other Chicago-area interior designers for a special luncheon event on April 17, 2012 at the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to share all the new initiatives at Ethan Allen with such a large group of design professionals in the Chicago area and hear their valuable feedback,” said Mr. Kathwari. “I plan to continue this dialogue with design professionals in other markets around the country this year.”

The more than 70 local designers in attendance were treated to breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and waterfront area as they mingled with their colleagues. Following Mr. Kathwari's presentation and lunch, Sherwin Williams presented a continuing education seminar on color trends for 2012. Two very lucky attendees won door prizes of beautiful artwork from Ethan Allen’s custom art program.

Ethan Allen’s IDA program is a network of more than 3,000 interior design professionals across the country. It offers exclusive to-the-trade privileges and benefits, including a referral fee for every purchase; order processing and fulfillment; free local delivery; and the ability for qualified independent designers to extend to their clients the full range of Ethan Allen products, services, warranties, and support. In addition to the IDA program, the company also has a dedicated Contract division. Ethan Allen’s to-the-trade programs allow designers to focus on what they do best: interior design.

Mr. Kathwari noted that, as an interior design company with a vertically integrated business structure, Ethan Allen has significant flexibility in adapting to a designer’s concept, budget, and time frame. “Opening our doors to more independent design professionals is a natural extension of our established business,” he added. “Our goal is to be a go-to resource for designers in every market”.

About Ethan Allen: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus two plants in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com.

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