For Bedfordshire soft furnishings business Denton Drapes, the start of 2017 is not just the celebration of a New Year, but also of an impressive 20 years in business for the family run firm.
Denton Drapes, which specialises in high quality couture soft furnishings crafted by hand in rural Bedfordshire, was set up by founder Penny Bruce in 1997, and the ringing in of 2017 marks a particularly poignant milestone for the master craftswoman and interior designer.
Penny started Denton Drapes from her home in Bedfordshire, making a range of soft furnishings herself for clients. Now, Penny manages a fully staffed and equipped professional curtain studio and workroom, counting celebrities and the interior design elite on her ever-growing client list.
Denton Drapes’ founder and principal Penny Bruce, said: “When I started Denton Drapes back in the late 90s with just me and my sewing machine at my kitchen table, I never dreamt I would be celebrating 20 years in business in 2017, running an established company fulfilling orders for hundreds of clients and growing year on year.
“Sewing and crafts has always been something I’ve been passionate about, with my skills passed down to me from my mother, and so to now be at the helm of a successful business doing something I love is just a joy.
“I am extremely proud of what I have achieved with Denton Drapes; we have a brilliant team of expert craftspeople who produce only the highest quality furnishings, and this has led to us gaining a reputation for superior, couture products that look stunning and will stand the test of time.
“I am also fortunate to have a very supportive family who have been behind me all the way as
Denton Drapes has grown; in fact my daughter is now involved in the business and my husband helps me run the financial side of the company, it’s a real family affair!
“2017 is going to be a very important year for Denton Drapes as we reflect on the past 20 years and our humble beginnings, and as we look forward to hopefully the next 20 years! I would like to say a huge thank you to all our clients, and of course my wonderful team and family.”
Denton Drapes’ success is testament to the superior skill demonstrated by Penny, who trained at The National Design Academy in both professional curtain making and interior design. Penny has also been involved with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and the US based Home Furnishings Academy for many years, and in 2012 she was elected to the Board of AMUSF where she now serves as Director.
From just Penny sewing at her kitchen table, Denton Drapes now employs a team of five
curtain makers, based in a fully equipped workroom in the picturesque village of
Salford in Bedfordshire, on the border with Milton Keynes.
The company produces a range of soft furnishings including curtains, blinds, pelmets, valances, cushions, bedding, lampshades and more. Penny selects only the finest fabric suppliers, some of which are only accessible to curtain makers, with Penny herself managing all projects from start to finish.
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