The company was founded in 1961 by New York interior designer Robin Roberts on the premise that design integrity was a goal that could be achieved through uncompromising artistry and technical quality. Roberts felt that there was a void in many areas of the home furnishings textile market. Originally, he imported fabrics from Europe that had never been seen in America. Eventually, Clarence House became involved in every aspect of the creative process, with its own design studio and in-house art director Kazumi Yoshida. Yoshida, with a vast network of European mills and textile archives at his disposal, still controls the evolution of each design from the initial concept to the finished product.
Through the years, Clarence House has supplied the furnishing fabrics for pre-eminent museums and countless historic houses and has been consistently featured in every important design and architectural magazine. Famous for its handscreen printing of fabrics and wallpapers, high-style textures and hand-loomed brocades, Clarence House also offers the highest quality velvets, damasks, silks, cottons, linens, sheers, trimmings and leathers.
With headquarters in New York City at the D & D Building, Clarence House maintains showrooms in sixteen regional American design centers and a sales force that services the areas beyond the major cities. Other showrooms are located in London, Greece, South Africa, Australia, and Canada.