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Florence Broadhurst Names The English Room First U.S. Brand Ambassador

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, a residential interior designer and owner of North Carolina-based The English Room has been named the  first U.S. Brand Ambassador for the iconic Florence Broadhurst brand as part of the Florence Broadhurst: Fearless Design campaign in 2018.

Phillips will be on hand for a “Fearless Design” kick-off event during the spring High Point Market, on Saturday, April 14,
9 - 11 a.m., Interhall space IH-004.

The event is hosted by brand licensee Selamat Designs, who is also debuting new products in its Florence Broadhurst home furnishings collection.

“We’re thrilled Holly Phillips of The English Room is on board to share the bold brand message of Florence Broadhurst,” said Shannon Davis, co-founder, Selamat Designs. “Holly embodies the campaign’s theme in her interior design work, in the content she creates for her online audience, and in her personal passions for travel and exploration.”

The campaign brings awareness to Broadhurst’s legacy as an avant-garde wallpaper designer, globetrotter and style icon. She shattered the glass ceiling of her time, while shaping Australia’s design identity in the 1960s and ‘70s.

“Florence Broadhurst was a fearless adventurer throughout her lifetime, including her entry into what was a male-dominated home decor industry” said Phillips. “It’s an honor to be associated with the Florence Broadhurst brand and to share her story with the U.S. market.”

Phillips is recognized for sharing her own aesthetic, which parallels Broadhurst’s unbridled love of color and pattern, with The English Room’s over 200,000 blog and social media followers.

The campaign will continue through the October High Point Market, leveraging The English Room’s online influence throughout this period. In her role as a brand ambassador, Phillips will highlight new Florence Broadhurst home decor offerings and promote an exclusive monthly giveaway of branded products.

Signature Design Archive (SDA) is owner of the expansive archive of prints created by Australian native Florence Broadhurst, and is poised to grow the brand’s reach in the U.S. according to CEO Mark Smale.

“Establishing The English Room as our first brand ambassador is a critical step for growing brand awareness in the U.S. marketplace,” says Smale.

“As interior designers and retail customers in the States gain exposure to who Florence Broadhurst was, and how her work remains relevant today, we’re confident the brand will attain the heights of its current popularity in Australia, the U.K. and Europe,” Smale continued.

SDA’s newest Florence Broadhurst licensee, in the wallcoverings category, will be announced to attendees during the April High Point Market event.

Licensees past and present include Kate Spade, Akira Isogawa, Selamat Designs, Husain International and Legend Linens.

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