Tell us about your business.Although considered by many a global luxury brand ANICHINI is in fact a truly American company. Proving that the finest quality design and production are still Made In America. The company, founded 27 years ago, is based in Tunbridge, Vermont, where these extraordinary textiles are cut and sewn by truly skilled local craftswomen in a farmhouse dating back to 1860. Drawing its inspiration from textile traditions the world over - the ANICHINI collection celebrates the extraordinary designs, rare materials, and traditional techniques that are soon to be lost. ANICHINI searches the world for the genuine article. ANICHINI creates a full spectrum of textiles and home furnishings for the bed, bath, table, and home - including decorative accessories, fabrics, furniture, window treatments, and wallcoverings. Made in America from the finest materials the world over, these textiles are considered the "heirlooms of tomorrow."
What makes your business stand out?Founder Susan Dollenmaier is not your typical company leader and there is nothing typical about her business. To begin, she purposely chose to put roots down in rural Vermont to grow the global enterprise of ANICHINI there. Susan's interest in textiles was sparked by her grandmother, who was a dressmaker. All that she learned about textiles, including their ancient origins, actual weaving techniques, history, and their huge role in culture is self-taught. It was her expertise, learned in part from her years in the flea market circuit, and her ambition, that led to her outstanding entrepreneurial achievements with ANICHINI. She believes that there is a new awareness among American consumers; that they are rejecting the concept of disposability and embracing the pursuit of excellence. Not only should the products reflect authenticity and excellence, but the company itself must maintain the highest standards. Anichini prides itself on being a women owned and operated business.
What's the best business advice you've received?A business is always in the process of either coming together or falling apart. It’s a cycle.
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