CUP O’ JOE – Autumn
Cup o’ Joe: Made in America
By Joe Passero, Chairman of KLAFFS
Me and chef Sarah Bouissou of Bernard’s in Ridgefield in the Norwalk showroom’s working kitchen. It features KLAFFS Signature brand cabinetry – Made in America of course. Watch for the ‘Made in America’ logo we added to the picture on all future articles in the series.
Joe and KLAFFStyle Celebrate KLAFFS U.S. Brands
KLAFFS carries the top kitchen, bath, lighting, decorative hardware and tile and stone brands from around the world. I mean that literally. We source products manufactured in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Africa, China and elsewhere.
But today I want to talk about and celebrate our ‘Made in America’ brands. When I first came into the business in the mid-1970’s, virtually every product we sold was manufactured in the U.S. by American-companies. In the 1980s, I began going to European trade shows — Germany, England, Paris, Milan — to diversify our inventory and bring our customers the best in design and technology that the world can offer.
In today’s global economy, we don’t have to travel as much to find the latest international trends. The foreign brands now have a multi-national presence and display their goods at U.S. trade shows.
So, given that we only want to sell the best of the best, how do our current Made in America brands stand up to global competition? We couldn’t be prouder to sell them! They’re at least as good and, in many cases, even better than any products made any place.
They have many characteristics in common:
- Commitment to consistent quality and service
- A creative, artisanal approach to design and process
- A unique point of view
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- Special relationships with their communities
- The motivation to evolve to meet the changing lifestyle needs of our ultimate customers.
We’ve already written about Watermark. Led by the design visionary Ari Abel, this wonderful company manufactures top quality, customizable faucets right in Brooklyn, New York. And soon we’ll be launching a formal KLAFFStyle series, ‘Made in America’, to shine a well-deserved spotlight on more of our exciting U.S. brands – located from coast to coast.
You’ll meet great people like Bo Graham who took the helm of Fourteenth Colony, the lighting firm his grandfather founded in Memphis in the 1950s. We’ll introduce you to Jonathan Brill, CEO of Infinity Drain of Amityville, New York, whose company brilliantly marries stylish form to this most functional product and exports drain systems to prime customers around the world. Bob Dillon CEO of Hubbardton Forge Lighting in Castleton, Vermont will share what American manufacturing means to him, his employees and suppliers.
Bo Graham, Fourteenth Colony
Every one of KLAFFS departments features Made in America brands. Here’s a list of some of the most popular.
- Fourteenth Colony – Memphis, Tennessee
- Framburg – Bellwood, Illinois and House of Troy – Hyde Park, Vermont (Both from American Lighting Brands)
- Hubbardton Forge – Castleton, Vermont
- Hydro Systems (Tubs) – Valencia, California
- Phylrich Faucets – Costa Mesa, California
- The Furniture Guild (Vanities) – Atlanta, Georgia
- Watermark (Faucets) – Brooklyn, New York
- Waterstone Faucets – Murrieta, California
- KLAFFS Cabinetry Brands – Professional (Pennsylvania), Signature (Indiana)
- Sub-Zero Group, Inc. (Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances) – Madison, Wisconsin
- Rutt Cabinetry – New Holland, Pennsylvania
- Classic Brass – Jamestown, New York
- Colonial Bronze Company – Torrington, Connecticut
- Rocky Mountain Hardware – Hailey, Idaho
- Water Street Brass – Lakewood, New York
Tile and Stone
- New Ravenna – Exmore, Virginia
- Pratt & Larson – Portland, Oregon
- Quemere – Port Chester, New York
Watch KLAFFStyle for future profiles of our Made in America brands. And, please come in and experience their wonderful products first hand so you’re sure to include them in your construction, renovation or re-decorating decision making.
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Welcome to KLAFFStyle and to my first Cup o’ Joe column.