Farooq Kathwari

Danbury home-furnishings manufacturer/retailer Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has hired veteran consumer-goods executive Arne Borrey as its vice president of international business development. Borrey most recently was senior vice president, International for Coach, where he led itsbusiness development and expansion in the global wholesale markets throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America, Ethan Allen Chairman and CEO Farooq Kathwari said Tuesday. Previously, Borrey worked for Samsonite as president of its European, Middle East and African markets.

Ethan Allen's strategy to reposition itself with younger consumers. Americans in their 40s, 50s and 60s currently make up the brand’s core demographic. But Ethan Allen, which also offers interior design services, is looking to connect with consumers in their 30s and 40s who also have some discretionary income to spend.

Danbury furnishings manufacturer-retailer Ethan Allen Inc. is launching an online catalog to penetrate deeper into the commercial and hospitality markets, its CEO says. CEO Farooq Kathwari said ethanallencontract.com features many of the items in the 180-page printed catalog for its newly formed Ethan Allen Contract division. Like its residential furnishings-décor division, Ethan Allen Contract offers hospitality and commercial clients product design, interior design, product customization, sourcing, manufacturing, delivery, and installation.

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