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Furniture Feature - LPD Furniture

On the first edition of "Furniture Feature" we are getting to know LPD Furniture. We have asked them questions about how they survived the pandemic, what they are looking forward to at the show and what advice they would give to new brands in the industry.

1.    Can you please give us an introduction to your brand and how the company started?
The company was established in 1981 as a brokerage for Plywood under the name of Leeds Plywood and Doors, before moving into the distribution of internal and external doors. The business went from strength to strength through the hard work and determination the founder, Jim Gordon. In 1996 he spotted an opportunity to import pine bunk beds from Brazil from one of the company`s door suppliers as an experiment. The bunks sold quicky and which then led Lpd to start importing furniture also then from the Asia. 

2.    Are there any new collections that you will be launching at JFS 2022?
We are excited to be launching various new lines at JFS, and are looking forward to seeing our customers again in person and welcoming new customers along. 

3.    Will you be doing any exclusive offers or deals for buyers who visit you at JFS?
Yes we like to offer deals for orders placed at the show.

4.    What was the biggest struggle you as a business encountered due to the pandemic and how did you overcome it? What type of advice would you give someone just starting out in the industry?
The Pandemic has made it difficult in lot of ways for us as it has for everyone. The biggest challenge has not been able develop new ranges as much as we would have normally liked, as we have not been able to travel to Asia and the furniture fairs, however thanks to the strength of our long term relationships with our far east suppliers we have still been able to develop some new ranges for the new season because of the trust we have in our factories in Asia. The advice that we would give people starting out in the business would be to try to keep up with the market trends. Furniture is much more fashionable now and people update their homes and styles much more frequently. This makes buying much more fun as trends are changing all the time, with new exciting colours and models.
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