Barbe Levitan was born in New York City. After graduating from Long Island University with an MBA, she began a career as an artist and interior designer. During that time, she had a line of hand-painted fabrics and floorcloths. Her first designer showhouse room landed her a credit in House Beautiful magazine. Eventually she found her way to the fashion industry, where she has spent the last 25 years—first as the production manager of a large women’s clothing company and then ultimately as a designer in that same company. Throughout the entire time, her interest in interior design and furniture never waned. Out of that interest, this furniture line was born. In her spare time, she enjoys weekends in Litchfield County, Connecticut; fashion; antiquing; dining out… and her other passion, jewelry design. She lives in New York City with her husband, Steven Abrams and her beloved poodles- Walter and Marilyn.
Karen Rowland was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was raised in the Mid-West and Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a major in fashion design and a minor in theatrical design, she began her career in New York City. She has been a clothing designer for over 20 years, owning a theatre company along the way and also dealing in antiques. She credits her life-long passion and pursuits in art and design to her Mother who was an award- winning needlework designer, artist and antique collector. In her leisure time she enjoys trips to the Berkshires, Europe and India, enjoying the art, beauty and food she finds at every turn. She currently divides her time between New York City and Sweden with her husband, Roy Johansson and his two sons.
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