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Made Goods’ Family of Brands Expands Its Reach with the Burton James Brand

Furniture World News Desk on 4/2/2024

Chris DeWitt and Oscar Yague, the owners of Ardmore Home Design, Inc. (AHD), announce they have completed the acquisition of the Burton James brand, which will join their family of brands - Made Goods, Pigeon & Poodle and Blue Pheasant. This move marks a significant milestone for the brands, solidifying their positions as key players in the furniture industry with the addition of this established name in upholstery. 

California-based Burton James, Inc., whose business spans over four decades, is a well-known upholstery manufacturer that has earned a reputation as a preferred resource for the interior design trade.  Throughout its 40-year history, Burton James, Inc. has been known for providing the highest quality upholstered products with a focus on building long-term relationships. 

“We are excited to welcome the Burton James brand into our family of brands,” said Chris DeWitt, Founder and CEO of Made Goods/AHD. “Adding this brand aligns perfectly with our vision for growth and allows us to leverage our strengths with the strengths of the Burton James brand.  We believe that when we infuse our strong design resources, our commitment to quality and customer service, our focus on operational excellence and our financial stability, the Burton James brand will thrive and flourish.  We look forward to working with Ray Zoref as we assimilate his brand into ours and build on his vision.”

“I’ve known Chris and Oscar for several years and have always been impressed with the success of their brands,” said Ray Zoref, Owner and President of Burton James, Inc.  “I look forward to continuing to share my background with them.  I know that the Burton James brand is in the right hands to take it forward in ways that haven’t been possible before. Together, we will uphold the legacy of outstanding customer service and delivering quality products.” 

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Sean Gillespie has been appointed new Director of Sales for the brand. Sean brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in sales strategy, development, and client relationship management.

Sean will focus on fostering relationships with clients and building the Burton James brand, with a focus on product development, excellent customer service and new sales initiatives. Sean previously worked for the Made Goods’ family of brands from 2017-2022 as a National and New York City Territory Key Sales Manager. With his proven track record of providing exceptional customer service, delivering results and implementing innovative sales techniques, Sean will be instrumental in driving our growth strategy for Burton James forward.

"We are delighted to welcome Sean back to our team," said Chris DeWitt, Founder and CEO of Made Goods/Ardmore Home Design, Inc. (AHD). "His history with our brands and strategic vision makes him the ideal leader to guide our sales efforts and focus on customer satisfaction. We are confident that under Sean's new leadership role, our sales team will achieve even greater levels of success."

Sean rejoined Made Goods’ family of brands on March 25th, with years of experience in sales management and upholstery development. Previously working at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as a Regional Key Accounts Manager, he managed sales, product development, and national accounts. With his tenure and experience in the upholstery industry, and his relationships with designers and national retailers, he is poised to engage customers and provide insight on decisions regarding processes, procedures, programs, and designs.

"I am thrilled to be rejoining the Made Goods’ family of brands in this new chapter; it’s exciting for me to be coming home to lead the sales team during this period of growth and innovation," said Sean Gillespie. "I look forward to leading sales for the Burton James brand to deliver exceptional value to our clients and to continue the legacy of Burton James of providing high quality upholstery.”

Burton James will show this year at High Point market in its existing showroom at 310 N. Hamilton Street, High Point, North Carolina.



About Made Goods
The Made Goods’ family of brands (owned by Ardmore Home Design, Inc., founded in 2008 by Chris DeWitt and Oscar Yague), is a privately owned and founder-led company located in the City of Industry, California. AHD designs, sells, and distributes luxury home décor to interior designers, as well as boutique and luxury retailers globally. With five permanent showrooms across the country, the AHD family of wholesale brands includes Made Goods (flagship furniture made from unique materials); Pigeon & Poodle (home and bath accessories), Blue Pheasant (handcrafted tabletop products), and now Burton James (upholstered furniture).  

For more information about Ardmore Home Design, Inc. and Made Goods, visit www.madegoods.com and www.ardmorehomedesign.com.