Treat your customers and your employees as you would want to be treated; success will follow. Stay close and responsive to suppliers; without them, we would have no customers.
Well-known interior designer Walter Lee Culp launched his eponymous showroom in Dallas in 1972, featuring renowned textile designers Jack Lenor Larsen and Angelo Donghia. Walter Lee Culp Associates met with immediate success and soon added other luxury textiles brands and selected furniture collections to its portfolio. In 1974, the firm opened a second showroom in the Decorative Center of Houston.
A college student named Kelly Hardage assisted Walter Culp with the opening of the Dallas showroom, and the two remained friends through Hardage’s tenure in architecture school and then as showroom manager and VP of Sales for Boris Knoll Fabrics. In 1992, their paths again converged when Hardage accepted Culp’s offer to be president of Walter Lee Culp Associates.
Over the next two years, Hardage’s strong relationships with the suppliers and customers of Walter Lee Culp Associates was instrumental in continuing to grow the business. He purchased the business in 2004 and changed the name to Culp Associates.
Under Hardage’s ownership, Culp Associates has added new lines and distinguished the Dallas and Houston showrooms among the most design-diverse premier showrooms in the country. The firm remains committed to showcasing exceptional design, quality and customer service.