Meet Angelica, who came to work for us from 1992 till 2017. She has an artists eye for detail and managed around 20 employees in our hand painted finishes. Angelica is kind and steadfast with her staff and tries to be easy on me. I know who I really work for….
She works with me on over 62 finishes! Many of these finishes require up to 7 layers of paint with a long dry time in between. Many designers are surprised to learn we really ARE made in USA. Not just assembled or designed in the USA. We actually hand finish each piece.
Angelica has learned ancient techniques I brought from Florence for layering primer paints, base colors, bottom brushwork color, top brushwork color, clear sealer coat. These layers and brushwork add depth and a unique hand painted finish to each piece. She is an artist with a very critical eye.
Angelica is a great reason for made in USA! She is kind, loyal, hardworking, funny and has brought 11 of her family members to work with us. This makes ADR an even bigger family! Whitney Walker.
In our experience Interior Designers and their clients DO CARE about the provenance of a product! Most are not really aware that probably 80% of the window hardware sold in the US is made in China and sits in containers at a warehouse dock, painted in high VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) petrochemical finishes that may off gas in your home.
However when they meet our staff at the Antique Drapery Rod Company they realize we are Authentically Hand Made in the USA! Our designers love it! They pass this info to their clients and build more customer loyalty for their design business also.
Keep your rods integrity!
Whitney Anna Walker