In an effort to expand its selection of fabric offerings, Duralee has acquired Gaetano, Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of high-end fabrics available exclusively to the design trade. It's Duralee's attempt to “become an all-encompassing resource for the design trade,” according to company President Marty Rosenberger.
“Duralee is aware that it is difficult for a designer to use just one fabric brand when designing a space,” he said. “By adding to our offerings of high-end fabrics, the designer has the ability to maximize [his or her] time spent away from the studio by shopping a number of different lines under one roof.”
James Hare, represented by Gaetano
Founded over 20 years ago by Thomas Fish, Gaetano is also the exclusive distributor of U.K.-based fine fabric lines James Hare and Today Interiors, as well as the recently launched Peggy Platner Collection.
The acquisition of the Gaetano brand will add to Duralee’s current high-end offerings including Highland Court, Bailey and Griffin and Clarke and Clarke.
Fish will continue as president of the Gaetano division, and will serve as vice president of corporate development projects for Duralee.
“We expect Tom to use his expertise in marketing and distribution of luxury fabrics as Duralee continues to expand and explore new product categories,” Rosenberger said.