International Design: Lessons from Ethan Allen's CEO Farooq Kathwari

International Design: Lessons from Ethan Allen's CEO Farooq Kathwari

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Ashley Anderson
Oct 6, 2014
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Farooq Kathwari, president and CEO of Ethan Allen—the classic, American furniture giant known for it's traditional pieces with a gorgeous, modern twist—was the Maker Talk headliner in September. Kathwari chatted about his beginnings in Kashmir and his incredible journey to New York City. He discussed the constant reinvention and modernization of the Ethan Allen brand. What was quite fascinating about the retailer is that they are opening up a large number of stores in China, selling their American-made goods abroad. Watch his video, then click here for all Maker Talk info.

Guest: Farooq Kathwari
Company: Ethan Allen
Hometown: NYC

About: "Farooq Kathwari is chairman, CEO and president of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., a leading home furnishings manufacturer and retailer. In addition to overseeing this international corporation, he also lends his considerable leadership skills to humanitarian efforts, including working for human rights and developing international conflict resolutions.

Mr. Kathwari is Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace, Director Emeritus and former chairman and president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, and a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation. Additionally, he served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2010 to 2014.

Among his recognitions, Mr. Kathwari has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame; he has been recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. government; he has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, and the National Retail Federation gold medal. He has also been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the 50 Best CEOs in the United States."

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