founder Stephen Gordon opened up about the
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humble beginnings of the furnishings giant. It began in 1979, when he and his wife were restoring their Queen Anne Victorian. “I couldn’;t find the hardware, moldings, and fittings I needed,” he says. He saw the hole in the market. “I put a binder together with photo-copied vendor catalogue pages, and had a $ 30 sign made saying restoration hardware that I hung on our porch. Someone told me if I doubled the price of everything, I’;d be okay.