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Dessin Fournir Companies Acquires San Francisco-Based Trims Company Kenneth Meyer

By PRN NewsWire   

PLAINVILLE, Kan., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dessin Fournir Companies is pleased to announce its acquisition of Kenneth Meyer, purveyor of top-of-the-line trims. The esteemed San Francisco company has transitioned all operations to Dessin Fournir’s hometown of Plainville, KS, where it will continue to service designers and showrooms around the world.

Kenneth Meyer is just the latest acquisition to join the growing family of quality lines of the Dessin Fournir Companies. “Since founding Dessin Fournir in 1993, one of our key focuses and passions has been preserving old world craftsmanship and ensuring that the fine materials and master craftsmanship of our industry do not disappear,” said Co-Founder and CEO Chuck Comeau.

Kenneth Meyer specializes in innovative to-the-trade trim and accessories and offers a large selection of in-house designs with a vast custom capability, as well as high-quality European imports featuring unique patterns and color palettes. Although formally established in San Francisco in 1938, its origins were in pre-war Frankfurt, Germany, which Kenneth Meyer and his family fled for political reasons. Hildegard Kleinen purchased the company from the Meyer family in 1985 and has been at the helm for the last 30 years, designing and manufacturing luxurious trims for the design trade. She has a true passion for fabrics and textiles and looks upon trims as the “jewelry” which accents fabrics.

“Chuck is a visionary and he sticks by his vision,” said Kleinen. “The difficulties of manufacturing in San Francisco combined with the recession have made it a challenging business over the last few years. I’m so pleased to be handing the reins over to Chuck, who has truly found the recipe for rescuing struggling specialty firms, saving distinct art forms, and creating employment opportunities in the heartland.”

About Dessin Fournir Companies:

Dessin Fournir Companies, founded in 1993 and based in Plainville, KS, is a highly curated collection of to-the-trade luxury furniture, textiles, lighting, and accessories companies. Under the Dessin Fournir Companies’ umbrella are the following brands: Dessin Fournir, Gerard, Kerry Joyce, Classic Cloth, Rose Cumming, Palmer Hargrave, Fritsch, Therien, Quatrain, Erika Brunson, and, most recently acquired, Kenneth Meyer of San Francisco.

In addition to overseeing the design, manufacture and marketing of these prestigious brands, Dessin Fournir Companies represents a handful of top-tier firms in their New York and Chicago showrooms, including Conrad Shades, Kneedler Fauchere Imports, Shiir Rugs, Stephen Antonson, Kerry Joyce Textiles, and Van Gregory & Norton. Please visit for more information.

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