I am pleased to announce the formation of Crans Baldwin & Associates, LLC, a representation and consulting company based in Darien, CT that serves the Interior Design community.
I have been fortunate enough to have had an active career in the design business for the past 30+ years, starting as a Baker Furniture sales rep in the deep south. That was followed by becoming the National Sales Manager, first of Ward Bennett-Brickel, and then Jack Lenor Larsen, who taught me to love fabrics. Subsequently I moved through a series of executive positions, including being President or CEO of: Cowtan & Tout, Bergamo Fabrics, Donghia, Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman (a two- year contract) and finally Dedar/Hermes Fabrics ( a three year contract). In the last two positions I was hired for a specific time to accomplish a specific set of tasks, which I did successfully.
However, the fact that I called on over 300 design firms nationally in my 3 years at Dedar/Hermes told me where my true interests lay- working directly with individual design firms. So, I decided to return to sales, and do my best for a group of manufacturers and textile editors and the design communities in Connecticut, Westchester County NY, and Long Island, NY.
In addition, I plan to take on consulting projects when appropriate. I am currently working on two such projects, and find them to always be tremendous opportunities for learning and growth.
Finally, I am a CEU-accredited speaker, and do my best to create a new presentation every year for the design community, one that I offer, when asked, at no charge.
On February 1, 2018, this company begins. CB LLC will represent both large and small fabric, wallcovering, and furniture companies out of our offices in Darien. I will be reaching out to the design community, and look forward to seeing old friends, reconnecting with designers I have met, and meeting so many wonderful new designers for the first time.