As Tony and Tricia’s son, Ian Blowman was born into the family business. He now has 21 full-time years with Upholstery Designs behind him, having begun with deliveries while building his knowledge of products and the furniture trade. Ian is also a qualified leather technician, skilled in both repairs and sourcing high-quality leather furniture for the store.
“We unwrap and inspect everything we buy and sell,” says Ian. “Leather furniture is highly fashionable and popular but not all leather is the same – it’s vital to look for good quality, and we travel to factories to ensure a product’s build, materials, quality and finish meet our standards. I would never risk my reputation on selling anything less.”
Ian is also the driving force behind Upholstery Designs’ expansion into contemporary, chic furniture. “Our store is known for its classic designs and traditional, elegant furniture,” says Ian. “Now there’s an additional dimension too, with the latest modern styles in sofas and accessories. It’s like two generations side by side – just like our family business!”