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Lillian August

Lillian August, an interior decorator and mom of three, began her career in the 1980s with a company of patchwork quilts and crafts. She showed at New York’s Annual Bed and Bath Industry Show and garnered the interest of Imperial Wallcovering, which hired her to design a line of wallpaper with an American country look. In 1985, after many entrepreneurial collaborations, including textiles and furniture design for Drexel Heritage and Hickory White, Lillian moved to New York City to expand her growing business of textiles and wall coverings. Her two sons, Dan and John Weiss, buoyed by their mom’s success and talents, opened a retail store with her in 1987, opening the eponymous Lillian August store to sell textiles, accessories, and home furnishings in Westport, Connecticut. The store flourished in the ’90s, and included a collection of eclectic and mostly one-of-a-kind rugs, furniture, and accessories, including dining room chairs and tables, living room chairs, sofas, sectional sofas, coffee tables, and end tables; wall coverings; area rugs; one-of-a-kind accessories, and more. Lillian’s third son, Michael, joined the business in the ’90s for a few years and designed its first signature furniture collection. Today, Lillian oversees the domestic furniture collections, and Dan and John continue collecting textiles, furniture, and accessories from around the globe. Lillian August has four locations and thrives at the forefront of design and innovation, offering an unprecedented collection of goods made domestically and around the world.