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C owtan & Tout's new 5 , 0 0 0 - s q u a r e f o o t showroom in the Dallas Design Center houses five of its legendary textile brands under one roof. Colefax And Fowler traces its quintessentially British design roots to the 1930s with society decorator Lady Sibyl Colefax, and later with renowned designers John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster, who created the English country house look. British textile designer Jane Churchill, known as Lady Charles Spencer-Churchill and the former wife of the 10th Duke of Marlborough, is both posh and pedigreed, designing fabrics that are fresh, vibrant, and often with a contemporary twist. Larsen, founded in 1952 by the late revered American designer Jack Lenor Larsen, continues to produce woven fabrics inspired by textile traditions and weaving techniques throughout the world. Manuel Canovas, who founded his textiles firm in the 1960s in France, designs fabrics that feature large-scale prints in audacious color combinations that are instantly recognizable. And, Cowtan & Tout, the American firm founded in 1924 and acquired in 1988 by Colefax and Fowler, continues with its American point of view with a focus on colorful, classic designs for wallcoverings, wide- width sheers, and indoor/outdoor fabrics. To the trade. Cowtan & Tout, Dallas Design Center, 1250 Slocum St., Suite 739, RS Above: The new Off the Floor showroom. Fritch & Co Storied Brands K elli Ford and Kirsten F i t z g i b b o n s ' n e w s h o w ro o m , O f f t h e Floor, is a collection o f e v e r y t h i n g t h e y l o v e : a r t , a n t i q u e s , u p h o l s t e r y , c a s e goods, rugs, mirrors, candles, designer consignments, and accessories. Located in the Dallas Design District, the new 7,500-square-foot showroom is fully stocked with inventory for designers to finish an interiors project without waiting. The concept was born from necessity, as Ford and Fitzgibbons Instant Gratification are both designers who know how challenging a slow supply chain can be. Their firm, Kirsten Kelli is also the force behind Madison, the home-goods store in Highland Park Village known for stylish gifts, china, crystal, and linens which just marked its 20th anniversary. Think of Off the Floor as Madison on steroids — a trade-friendly retail concept that features Ford and Fitzgibbons' bold contemporary looks with classically nuanced pieces. The new showroom opened in October with a party for alumnae and designers participating in Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas. Off the Floor, 114 Express St. Rebecca Sherman Colefax and Fowler at Cowtan & Tout 88

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