High Point Tour

high pointWhen you realize that the genesis of every room in America begins within a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, you’ll jump at the chance to participate in this customized version of the famous High Point VIP Market Experience. With this day-long journey Deb Barrett brings you the unique opportunity to understand the home furnishings big picture–after all we don’t design window treatments in a vacuum. You’ll be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the processes to create almost every design product for the home. With exclusive access to manufacturers, showrooms and studios, this full day pre-conference tour will bring you to the center of North America’s design universe. Transportation and lunch included. Lead by Deb Barrett, Principal and Founder, Window Dressings. See itinerary below.

Price: $199


Tentative Agenda HP Tour  2-3-2017

8:00 AM Leave Charlotte to Valdese Weavers, Valdese NC

ON BUS- Textile Tutorial

9:30 AM Valdese Weavers Factory Tour 

See how those textiles you are specifying and designing with are actually made. Known as an industry leader in decorative jacquard fabrics, Valdese Weavers is both a creative design studio and a state of the art manufacturer of fashion forward and superior quality fabrics. Most recently Valdese Weavers is the sole producer of Crypton Home fabrics.

ON BUS- Kristin Drohan will talk Upholstery Anatomy- giving you the ins and outs of cushion construction to jumpstart your visit to her manufacturing facility. Mid-morning Beverages and snacks

11:00 AM Kristin Drohan Collection – The Designer’s Guide to Upholstery Anatomy with factory tour and demo.  Hickory, NC  

We’ll dive deep into the upholstery fabrication process. This is a comprehensive tour on the construction of upholstery from frames to fabric; giving you the proper industry terminology and empowering you to appropriately source upholstered furniture for your clients. You’ll walk away with the skill set to compare and contrast and differentiate the levels of upholstery for your clients

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM High Point Showroom Stroll, High Point. NC

1:30 Lunch-  High Point Design Center Association Showrooms

 We’ll break up into groups for our luncheon presentations and showroom stroll.

2:30-4:45 PM Showroom Stroll 

We’re bringing you to the center of the design universe in North America.  We’ll get know what Market is all about in our off- market showroom tour of soft goods manufacturers/ lifestyle purveyors. High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist. Comprised of 180 buildings and 11.5 million square feet of showroom space – HP Market is a must see! You’ll get the VIP treatment and expand your design horizons. Trust us- you’ll definitely want to return during Market.

4:30 PM Champagne Toast to end a perfect décor day! WithIt, the women’s leadership development network in the home and furnishings industries, invites you to join us in a bubbly toast on the return trip from High Point. For 20 years, WithIt has mentored, educated and supported women and their importance in leadership of our industries.

4:45 PM Return to Charlotte

 Showrooms we’ll have access to and/or scheduled presentations:
·         Surya
·         Robert Allen
·         Feizy Rugs 
·         Greenhouse Fabrics
·         Universal Furniture
·         Tomlinson
·         Gypsy Marketplace 
·         Baker
·         Christopher Guy
·         Theodore Alexander