“Los Angeles-based L.A. Design Concepts is offering non-professionals an all-access pass to hundreds of to-the-trade-only furniture showrooms...”
Home + Garden:
"Los Angeles-based L.A. Design Concepts is offering non-professionals an all-access pass to hundreds of to-the-trade-only furniture showrooms, and according to company president Frank Keshishian, Chicagoans are some of his biggest clients. It works one of two ways: Log onto ladesignconcepts.com, which offers links to some 300 manufacturers' Web sites; choose what you like, and contact a rep at L.A. Design Concepts to order it for you. Or contact the company prior to hitting the Merchandise Mart to request a 'letter of introduction,' which will be your ticket into the showrooms of your choice..."
"There are many consumers who are knowledgeable about design and know exactly what they want. They do not feel their projects warrant hiring an interior decorator, but most design center showrooms shut them out, choosing to sell 'To The Trade Only'. L.A. Design Concepts provides these consumers access to designer furnishings at much more affordable prices."
'And thanks Frank for taking the first step to open trade only products up to all because I still think good design should be available to everyone especially here in America where freedom is something our country was founded on. Shouldn't we have freedom in what we're purchasing as well?'
“Shop like a decorator... access stuff you thought was to-the-trade only... L.A. Design Concepts gets you in with just a letter.”
"These showrooms full of quality fabrics, furniture and more are a decorators' prime destination and as exclusive as velvet-roped nightclubs. L.A. Design Concepts gets you in with just a letter."
"L.A. Design Concepts, a full-service interior design company based in Los Angeles, has started providing a letter of introduction for clients, enabling them to gain access to local design center showrooms across the country..."
"This month's featured site is L.A. Design Concepts: We love this national service because it gives access to "to the trade only" designer furniture showrooms, like Maxine Snider, Inc. granting coveted discounts."
"Do-it-yourself decorators often spend hours tracking down the perfect fabric or chair, only to discover a single deal-killing drawback: it is available only "to the trade," or through a professional designer. L.A. Design Concepts now offers a way to sidestep this obstacle. With a single phone call, amateur designers anywhere in the country can buy to-the-trade products from most manufacturers."
"L.A. Design Concepts has given consumers instant access to the furniture they see in design magazines and trade-only showrooms since the late 1980s. The company recently expanded this service, allowing anyone in the U.S. to acquire merchandise from manufacturers such as Grange, Donghia, Holly Hunt, McGuire, Sutherland, Clarence House and F. Schumacher."
"L.A. Design Concepts will track down the sofa or table of your dreams and have it sent to you – at not-much-above wholesale."
"The PDC is to the trade, but the browsing is terrific and – though not everybody knows it – you can buy anyway..."
"[L.A. Design Concepts offers] a 'no-frills' shopping service that gives affordable public access to the exclusive wholesale showrooms..."
"If you see something you want to buy, this no-frills service handles all purchasing, expediting, delivery and follow-up..."