Award-winning specialty food and houseware producer Stonewall Kitchen has acquired Michel Design Works, based in Katonah, NY Michel Design Works is a full-service lifestyle brand specializing in bath and body products, as well as in perfumes, interior decoration and gifts.
Co-founders Deborah and Bruce Michel started Michel Design Works in 1987, selling paper gifts, such as books, newspapers, and stationery. Over time, they switched to other household items including soaps, lotions, candles, home decorations, and kitchen accessories, among others. The company is recognized for its distinctive packaging, inspired by Deborah’s love for historic French and English art. Michel Design Works sources from soap makers and fragrance houses around the world to produce high quality soaps, and his botanical designs are now featured throughout his interior design line.
âWe are delighted to welcome Michel Design Works to our growing family of specialty brands,â said John Stiker, CEO of Stonewall Kitchen. âQuality and creativity are at the forefront of everything they do, and their extensive homeware product offering perfectly complements our brands and core values. They are a great addition to the collection of brands that we put together for our clients and guests! “
Deborah and Bruce Michel added, âMichel Design Works started over 30 years ago with the two of us, and the dynamic combination of talented employees and loyal customers have together built a strong and recognizable brand. We are very happy to have found the perfect steward for the brand going forward in Stonewall Kitchen. Their commitment to exceptional quality, brand building and corporate culture left us confident in knowing that they would continue to nurture and grow the business and team that we created and that we care about so much. deeply.
âWe are proud to join the Stonewall Kitchen team as a new member of their family of brands,â said Stuart Teller, CEO of Michel Design Works. âOur commitment to product innovation and customer service has resulted in tremendous growth over the past 10 years, and it has been exciting to see our partner stores grow alongside us. Partnering with Stonewall Kitchen, with their resources and industry expertise, will provide even more opportunities to showcase our great products to new consumers across the country and to launch more new and exciting products under the Michel Design brand. Works.
Stiker concluded, âThe addition of Michel Design Works to our family further strengthens our expansion into the company’s housewares business and is the perfect next step after the Village Candle business we added in 2020 and both. food brands we acquired earlier this year. It also continues to expand our national and international reach to our customers, as the brand is sold in many countries around the world. We look forward to welcoming Stu and the team to the family and helping them grow and develop the Michel Design Works brand!
Michel Design Works marks Stonewall Kitchen’s third acquisition in 2021 and the seventh acquisition overall. It acquired the Urban Accents brand of spice blends, seasonings, sauces and gifts in early March 2021 and the Vermont Coffee Company brand of high quality, non-GMO certified organic coffee at the end of March 2021.
G2 Capital Advisors acted as exclusive advisor to the buy side of Stonewall Kitchen in connection with the transaction.