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September 17 Maker Talk with Farooq Kathwari of Ethan Allen

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September 17, get the deets on the evolution of Global Design from Farooq Kathwari, CEO of furniture giant Ethan Allen. Kathwari will recount his fascinating, full-circle journey from Kashmiri college student to leader-in-chief at one of America’s largest interior design companies whose exports now furnish thousands of homes in Asia. It really is a small world after all.

Pitch Presenters include Brooklinen, George & Willy, and Wobi Office. Come early, stay late, mingle with our fabulous presenters, and enjoy wine from Chapoutier Belleruche. What could be better?

When: September 17. Doors open 6:30pm, Event begins 7pm
Where: Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street (right by the 6, B, D, F and M trains)
Attending: 170 total tickets available

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170 tickets available. If you do not make it onto the final guest list, please feel free to come and be placed on the standby list. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final. If the event sells out, sales will be locked.

About Farooq Kathwari

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.

Pitch Presentations by Brooklinen, George & Willy, and Wobi Office.

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About Chapoutier Belleruche

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One of the most difficult tasks of a vineyardist and winemaker is to make a serious, high-quality wine, yet have it remain a good value. Belleruche wines accomplish just that. M. Chapoutier Belleruche wines are a great introduction to one of the world's most celebrated wine appellations: the Côtes-du-Rhône region.

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Ashley Anderson is our Texas-born, Manhattan-based Marketing Coordinator. When she's not at Apartment Therapy Media HQ, you can find her eating, organizing, or rescuing furniture from the trash.

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