Designers and dealers from all over the country will arrive in Birmingham for the 16th annual Garden Party to be held at the corporate headquarters August 8-10. This year’s theme, “Illuminate,” is a nod to high style indoor furniture and lighting sister company Gabby who will be joining the Garden Party for the first time this year.
“Garden Party is our favorite event because it gives us a chance to show our customers how much we appreciate them,” says CEO Bew White. “And because both the Summer Classics and Gabby brands appeal to the same dealers and designers, we think it’s a great opportunity for our customers to preview both lines in one place this year.”
Our customers will be the first to preview the new 2018 Summer Classics line, which includes more than 100 new pieces and more than 120 new fabrics. And with outdoor furnishings continuing to have a trend of looking like the indoors, many of the Summer Classics introductions are influenced by sister company Gabby. More luxury seating with our Helena collection and a range of accent tables and bar carts reflect this popular look.
Attendees at this year’s event will have the chance to indulge in activities around the city including a morning at the spa, shopping in some of Birmingham’s quaint shopping districts and golfing. In addition to a tour of the headquarters and different round tables, our vendors have partnered with us to host special events for our guests. Actor and Producer Michael Young will emcee the events.
The schedule of events includes:
Wednesday afternoon will feature innovative marketplace ideas. It will begin with a design panel discussion led by Ellen Mcgauley, Homes Editor of Coastal Living magazine. Ellen will get a stylemaker perspective from industry leaders in the field, including Pam Kellogg of Designer Resource Center, Christina Samatas & Renee DiSanto of Park & Oak Design and Jan Ware of Jan Ware Designs.
Following this Ken DeWitt, founder of DeWitt, LLC, will speak about the Entrepreneurial Operating System highlighting how to run your business more effectively.
“Our business has seen tremendous growth this year,” says President William White. “And we look forward to sharing our new lines and discussing business ideas with our valued customers to make 2018 even stronger.”