Like many, New Orleans transplant/author Georgina O’Hara has had a rough week. Watching Isaac target NO exactly seven years after Katrina mowed through the entire area couldn’t help but conjure up memories. Georgina’s company, The Curtain Exchange, which was founded in 1997 in New Orleans, was a growing business that specialized in providing customers with “handcrafted curtains in varying lengths for the client to immediately take home, test and decided whether or not they worked.” Stores were popping up around the country, but their home base was New Orleans. The young company had weathered 9/11, but Katrina posed a direct hit.
Georgina and her corporate staff recognized the pending threat to New Orleans and the company’s ability to operate. In order to keep the luxury stock and staff safe and maintain the business, Georgina arranged to have hundreds of curtains and the staff moved to Dallas, where they temporarily set up headquarters in a hotel.
That temporary set-up eventually ended up being a permanent move. No, not to a hotel but to Dallas.
But that upheaval also impacted Georgina on how devastating the loss of a home can be. For this reason and many others, she’s holding a “sale of luxury ready made curtains and drapery panels” to benefit Dwell with Dignity.
If DWD is new to you, you’re probably not homeless or in the interior design business. It “is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.”
The sale will take place from September 7-15 at 1645 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite D, just behind OAK Restaurant/Herman Miller/Miele Showrooms. Got to admit that the silk, linen, cotton and in-blended and woven fabrics look like they’ve been cut from the same bolts of cloth as the outfits on the second floor of Neiman Marcus Downtown. And they should. Did we mention that Georgina wrote “The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers (World of Art)“? So think couture window dressing literally. . . and it benefits Dwell with Dignity.