Luxury furniture maker Marge Carson will cease operations this month after 75 years

Marge Carson is closing after 75 years in business.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — In an announcement sent to employees, representatives and customers, Marge Carson CEO Jim LaBarge said the company will cease operations at the end of this month. LaBarge said he was closing the business to focus on personal health issues.

Additionally, the company noted that several entities have expressed interest in purchasing Marge Carson in recent weeks. However, economic uncertainty coupled with LaBarge’s health issues have made it difficult to finalize a possible acquisition of the company by another brand, according to the company.

The company will close its production facilities in Mexico. Marge Carson will not be able to fill her backlog and will send cancellations for these pending orders. The company’s operations in the Philippines and Indonesia will also close.

“Many reached out, sharing wonderful memories of the times we’ve had together over the years,” Jim LaBarge said, adding, “After 49 years in the furniture industry, I’m leaving much sooner than I thought. wanted to, but it became necessary to focus on my health. I cherish all my time in the furniture business.

Founded by Marjorie Carson, an interior designer, in 1947, the company has evolved to produce luxury furniture, upholstery and custom cases defined by shimmering finishes and fabrics in soft neutral tones, luxury seating, attention to tailoring detail and elevated, comfortable elegance, defining the “California Casual” Style.

“When so much furniture looks alike, Marge Carson really stands out in a retail store or showroom with a look all her own,” LaBarge said.

An early adopter of the move to manufacturing in Mexico, the company set up a custom upholstery production facility in Tijuana in 1987.

After its founding, Marjorie Carson was succeeded by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Carol Carson. Masco Corp. owned the business from 1987 to 1994. Jim LaBarge purchased the business from Masco in 1995 and over the past 25 years has expanded the business significantly from primarily a West Coast upholstery specialist focused on designers to a full range, focused on collections. company with international distribution and a broader footprint encompassing showrooms in Los Angeles and Dallas, a remodeled High Point showroom and corporate headquarters in Pomona, CA.

Under LaBarge’s leadership during the pandemic, the company changed its business model in response to global supply chain bottlenecks. In late 2020, the company exited Asian sourcing and consolidated production in Mexico and warehousing in California to create an all-North American business model. This has enabled the company to achieve delivery times of eight to ten weeks for upholstered furniture, beds and upholstered furniture when delivery times of 24 to 30 weeks were the norm.

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