American Leather A history of innovation
American Leather was founded in 1990 on one revolutionary idea: custom leather furniture could be made and shipped in three weeks or less. Founder/CEO Bob Duncan applied “just-in-time” manufacturing he admired from the Japanese car industry to the furniture industry. From a small four person shop, the company has grown into a thriving leader in the furniture industry, with over 130 different collections sold in over 650 stores, including Room and Board, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s and Design Within Reach.
The factory, based just outside of Dallas, Texas, still makes furniture – now in leather and fabric – in just three weeks or less, a delivery standard that’s three times faster than the industry average. From the beginning, the factory was set up to manage mass customization through the latest technology and manufacturing systems, making American Leather the most automated leather furniture manufacturer in North America, if not the world.
Three months is too long to ever wait for a piece of customized furniture. Thirty days seems about right. In that amount of time, our 21st century furniture factory in Dallas, Texas can take your order from concept to completion. Our innovative technology blends with expert craftsmanship to create the highest quality furniture available. It’s not only durable; it’s also beautiful. Renowned award-winning designers and inventors collaborate with our in-house team to dream up artful designs, many of which have won some of the furniture industry’s highest accolades. Other pieces may not win fancy fashion awards but they’ll win your heart for versatility and comfort. Or you might fall in love with our unique technologies. Products we invented, like the Comfort Recliner™, the Comfort Sleeper™, and our Comfort Theatre™ Collections take furniture to new levels of comfort. No matter which product you desire, we’ll make it according to your specifications and get it you fast – in 30 days or less.
American Leather is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, a non-profit organization created to promote sustainable practices in the furniture industry. Here are other key ways in which we work everyday to make our products and factory more environmentally friendly.
Our frames are made of wood harvested from sustainable forests and all scrap wood is recycled.
All leather uses water based pigments, and we offer 25 environmentally-friendly, biodegradeable leathers made through natural, chrome-free processes. Leather scrap is recycled and re-sold for the production of smaller leather goods.
Many styles utilize foam made from BiOH polyols, a soy-based, environmentally-friendly ingredient.
Our factory conserves energy with automatic light shut-offs and we encourage employees to recycle.
Manufactured in Dallas, Texas, our central U.S. location yields a smaller carbon footprint than imported goods.
Hospitality and Contract
American Leather is uniquely suited for contract and hospitality orders. Our factory is designed specifically for mass customization using state of the art technology combined with individual craftsmanship. As a result we offer an incomparable combination of high quality furniture and speed, even on our popular and proprietary Comfort Sleeper™. Made for extraordinary sitting and sleeping comfort, our sleeper can be found in many of the top hotels around the country including Affinia Hotels, The Denihan Hospitality Group, Omni Hotels, and in a major theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Regardless of the size of your order we can process, build and ship our products quickly – within four weeks for leather, Ultrasuede®, or our stocking fabrics. COM is available within six weeks of receipt of fabric