How Can I Purchase "To The Trade" Fabric?

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Q: I live in Seattle. I would like to make custom drapes/window treatments. The fabrics I am interested in, like Donghia, are only available in a specific design center "to the trade." As a "civilian," how can I access these? Do I have to hire an interior designer just to get into the showroom to get these?

I don't really understand why a manufacturer would want to keep this sort of human firewall between the products and the potential clients but maybe I am missing something?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.