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Timothy Oulton acquires Sofa Workshop business from DFS – Retail Times



British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton has announced the acquisition of Sofa Workshop from DFS Limited, comprising 20 stores across the UK and an online retail business.

Founder Tim Oulton intends to complement Sofa Workshop’s most popular ranges with the best designs from his global wholesale business, which supplies leading premium furniture retailers across the world. Under the new name Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton, the newly invigorated brand will offer an authoritative collection of over 100 premium sofa models in more than 500 different sizes and configurations, available both in store and online. Oulton will also invest in enhancing the overall customer experience, with a passion for perfecting sofas for every lifestyle. DFS has divested of the brand in order to focus on its other core businesses.

Tim Stacey, CEO at DFS, says of the deal: “This transaction represents a great opportunity for Sofa Workshop and I’d like to thank all our colleagues for their hard work and commitment since the business was acquired by the Group seven years ago and wish them every success in the future”.

Tim Oulton, founder and creative director of Timothy Oulton, and of the Halo Group to which it belongs says: “Sofa Workshop has long been a respected brand in the UK market. I am very excited to bring to it a wider range of our globally best-selling sofa designs, along with lighting and cabinet collections. We manage our entire creative process in-house, from perfecting leather hand-finishes in our own tannery, to hand dyeing natural fabrics, to product design, production, and customer service, and we look forward to bringing our creative passion and energy to Sofa Workshop. The network of stores around London and across the UK will allow us to create easy access to a beautifully handcrafted collection of over 100 sofa models, tailor-made in unique finishes and offered in a vast array of configurations. And each store will also carry a small taste of the Timothy Oulton collection.

“Our furniture is made to order, one by one, by hand, using simple tools and time-honoured techniques. That culture of craftsmanship has always been key for Timothy Oulton, and will remain at the heart of the philosophy at Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton.”

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