In the early 1980s, Lillian August, a talented interior designer and busy mother of three, launched a business selling crafts and patchwork quilts. She showed her line
at New York’s annual bed and bath industry show, piquing the interest of Imperial Wallcoverings, which hired her to design a wallpaper line with an American Country look.
It was a huge hit, and the first of Lillian’s many entrepreneurial
ventures, which have included numerous fabric and furniture lines
for companies like Drexel Heritage and Hickory White.
After moving to New York in 1985 to build on her successful home textiles and wall coverings business, Lillian began a search for her first retail location. Lillian’s sons Dan and John Weiss were so inspired by their mother’s early success and abilities that they pursued the idea of starting a home furnishings, accessories, and textile retail store. Together, they opened their first storefront in Westport, Connecticut, in 1987 as a family venture.
“We all did a bit of everything,” says Lillian, recalling her early years in retail. Lillian’s son Michael also joined for several years, and helped design the company’s first signature furniture collection.
Since then, under the retail leadership of Dan & John Weiss, Lillian August has developed a global reputation as a trend setting resource
for designers, homeowners and design enthusiasts. With a broad and eclectic collection of furniture, rugs, antiques and accessories, Lillian August now provides clients with inspiration and design services in five locations—the Norwalk Design Center and headquarters, South Norwalk Outlet, New York City, and Los Angeles stores.
Operating in the tradition of European design families, the brothers take pride in creating distinctive furnishings and discovering unique sources and one-of-a-kind pieces from all over the world.
In 2003, Lillian August opened their 100,000 sq ft. flagship design center in Norwalk. The store features hundreds of brands, as well as The Lillian August Signature Collection. In October 2008, Lillian introduced a new collection for Hickory White, which debuted in her Connecticut stores
at the end of that year and at select dealers throughout the United States in early 2009.
“Our collection with Hickory White allowed us to spread our wings into new and exciting looks,” says Lillian. “By collaborating with my sons and our talented design team, we have been able for the first time to replicate our fabulous Connecticut showrooms for dealers throughout the world.”
The Lillian August brand has become synonymous with unique home design and furnishings in the markets we serve, and will continue to expand into new markets. As Dan and John lead the retail and design teams across all locations, Lillian herself oversees the designs of the brand’s signature furniture, textiles and accessories collections.
A visit to any of our design centers will surprise you with an unusual and constantly evolving range of furniture, art and accessories and the top-notch design services that provide an unparalleled customer experience.