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Textile firm takes 23,000 s/f at Industry City

Industry City, owned by Belvedere Capital, Jamestown, and Angelo Gordon & Co today announced the addition of Cowtan & Tout, a decorative textile company, to the 16-building, six-million-square-foot campus on the Sunset Park waterfront.

Cowtan & Tout will bring both office and warehouse sides of its business to Industry City, taking over 23,200 s/f of space.

With the company’s migration to Brooklyn from Manhattan, Cowtan & Tout will join over 100 design tenants making up the Brooklyn Design District at Industry City, a collective of furniture, interior design, architecture, and houseware companies. Members of the Design District include Rebecca Atwood Designs, Roll & Hill, Flavor Paper, and Egg Collective. 

A subsidiary of The Colefax Group – a company that also represents Colefax and Fowler, Jane Churchill, Larsen and Manuel Canovas – Cowtan & Tout is a prestigious luxury brand available through interior designers and architects, producing textile designs from original artwork and also documents reinterpreted for today’s interiors as a variety of prints, silks, sheers, trimmings, and wallpapers.

“We are excited to move to Brooklyn into a niche community that offers all the services to support our corporate team,” said Key Hall, CEO of Cowtan & Tout. “As an innovative destination at the crossroads of design, creative arts, cuisine, and fashion, we’re confident that Industry City will be the right place to grow our corporate presence for years to come.”

Earlier this year — pre-pandemic — Cowtan & Tout made the decision to relocate its warehouse from Manhattan to IC.  While the company’s executives have been consciously keeping on-site staffing controlled during the pandemic, they are very much looking forward to offering employees the benefits of IC’s many campus-wide amenities, including extensive dining options, heated outdoor space, and commuter accessibility, both by subway and car, with on-site parking.

“The pandemic has fundamentally redefined what it means to feel safe and comfortable both on your way to work and in the workplace. Every CEO; every manager is contemplating how to keep employees inspired and productive. For some companies, like Cowtan, working from home hindered creative collaboration – the full team needed to be together to be most effective,” said Kathe Kramer Chase, Director of Leasing at Industry City.

“I’m seeing more and more of this – owners of companies clamoring to get the entire group back to the office. This happens only when employees are offered a protected environment – and that’s half of the ‘back to work’ battle. The other half is the commute, and that has to feel protected too.”

The Industry City Design District features ground floor shopping including outlets, vintage and specialty, and an office community of textile, lighting, interior styling and furniture fabricators.

The company’s space at Industry City will act as the headquarters for Cowtan & Tout’s design studio and atelier, serving as a hub of creativity and as a potential satellite showcase space for their five sought after brands.

One of the driving factors in Cowtan & Tout’s decision to move to IC was the ability to keep the crux of their design and operations teams together – so there will be ample collaborative space for its corporate team and visiting sales team. The open-plan space will include a textile design studio, meeting rooms, open workspaces, photography areas, workshops to mockup designs in progress, and a handful of small offices. The warehouse will store wallpapers, fabric inventory, and U.S. samples, as well as a small manufacturing, shipping, receiving, and inspection center. 

Industry City was represented by Jeff Fein, Senior Vice President of Leasing in the transaction. Cowtan & Tout was represented by Owen Hane, Kevin Duffy, and Frank Coco of JLL.

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