We are beyond excited to be opening our first Los Angeles boutique showroom at Harbinger later this year. The details behind the partnership are in the official press release below:
BOSTON, MA. May 1, 2015
Merida, a leading textile producer with design and manufacturing facilities in Fall River, Massachusetts, announces its first boutique showroom at Harbinger, an exclusive designer retail space in Los Angeles owned and curated by designer Joe Lucas. When Merida opens its doors in the Harbinger space in September 2015, it will join an impressive list of exclusive brands serving the interior design trade that includes luxury leather makers Moore & Giles, among other leading companies.
Harbinger will be expanding its current footprint to take on an additional 1000 square feet of studio space, to be called “Harbinger by Hand.” With Merida as its newest partner, the space will feature select bespoke and handmade lines, including Harbinger’s reproduction furniture collection.
Catherine Connolly, CEO and Owner of Merida, says the timing couldn’t be better to launch the company’s first boutique store. “We have many exciting new products to showcase, including Crosspoint—our latest collection of flatwoven rugs made in Fall River—and our new family of UltraFiber sisal rugs, Avant and Urbana.” But Ms. Connolly is equally excited about joining the Harbinger family, under the innovative stewardship of design trailblazer Joe Lucas, co-founder of Lucas Studio, Inc. “I have so much admiration for Joe as a design leader,” says Ms. Connolly. “He has an amazing talent for curating collections, and he is also an impressive business leader. And his generosity of spirit is rare in any industry. It’s a thrill and an honor for all of us at Merida to partner with him.”
Located in the heart of LA’s La Cienega Design Quarter, Harbinger strives to be a different kind of source for the design trade, explains founder Joe Lucas, and Merida makes a great addition to the mix of carefully chosen collections that sets Harbinger apart. “I have been a longtime fan of Merida,” says Lucas. “The company singlehandedly introduced the design world to the beauty of sisal rugs. And under the inspirational leadership of Catherine Connolly, Merida has reimagined its brand and collections with innovative designs and culture-conscious manufacturing. I have so much respect for Merida’s leadership in the revitalization of manufacturing in the New England mill town of Fall River. They are not only bringing integrity and quality to the rug and textile business, they are reviving American artistry in a community with roots in craftsmanship going back to the 1800s. Under the guidance of their talented new Creative Director, Roxanne Hanna, Merida has added exciting new collections like Crosspoint and Tailormade, and there is so much more to come.”
Roxanne Hanna has been a long-time admirer of what Lucas and his team have created at Harbinger, and what they have brought to the LA design community. “I am truly excited to work with Joe and his team,” say Ms. Hanna. “I can’t think of a better partner in Los Angeles, or better company to surround ourselves with than the talented makers he has chosen to showcase at Harbinger.”