About Us

Founded in 1990 by Design Director Iris Wang and her husband, President E-Kwan Chen, Brentano has grown from a modest beginning of eight patterns to an internationally represented textile house. Brentano’s fabrics stem from Wang’s philosophy of balancing beauty + performance. Our growing collection of eco-fabrics expands this ideology by demanding textiles meet thoroughly researched standards of environmental consciousness while maintaining their beauty. Having celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2010, Brentano continues to offer a variety of innovative and interesting textiles, including eco-friendly faux leather, high performance upholstery, fire-resistant, outdoor and Crypton, Nanotex and GreenShield fabrics.

Iris Wang

Founder/Artistic Director

Born in 1954 in South Korea to parents who had fled Chinese Communism, Iris Wang, Vice-President of Design & Marketing at Brentano, Inc, cultivated an interest in her Chinese heritage at an early age. At 21, she enrolled at National Normal University, a premier Taiwanese art school. In 1978, after teaching art in Taiwan, Iris came to the United States and began work on her MFA at Kent State University. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1981 and began working with an interior designer in Chicago. It was a project involving fabric covered ceiling tiles that sparked Iris’s interest in textiles, an interest that eventually grew into Brentano, Inc.

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Paul Templeman-Holmes

Global V.P. of Sales & Marketing

Originally from England, Paul moved to Central America for a year and worked on a conservation project in the Belizean jungle for six months before relocating to Guatemala to teach in a rural school. Paul later returned to England and completed his first degree in Political Science at the University of Bristol before moving to the U.S. in 2002. First living in Nashville before settling in L.A., he began working in the luxury shelter industry starting his career as a showroom sales associate for Baker. Since then Paul has completed his second degree in Interior Design from FIDM in L.A. and has worked for companies such as Jean De Merry, Baltus as well as Oly & Ironies before moving to Dallas for his role as Executive VP of International Sales & Business Development for Sutherland & Perennials in Dallas. Paul now shares his many past experiences and expertise as Brentano’s Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Daniel Ortiz

District Sales Manager

Born and raised in Chicago, Daniel has spent the last 10 years working within the Interior Design and Architecture community in many different roles. During his career, Daniel has worked in roles such as; National Sales Manager for a large Spain based furniture manufacturer named Andreu World. He managed multi-line representatives all over the United States. He later transitioned into a dealer Principal role with Workspaces. After which, to further his skill set in the industry he tried his hand at being an A&D representative in the Chicago market for Global and Teknion. Now working as a district sales manager for Brentano, he has found his niche in the market. Managing east coast multiline showrooms.

Henri Braun

District Sales Manager

Henri Braun has been surrounded by interior design and architecture his entire life. Growing up in Paris he was exposed to some of the world’s best design from a young age. His passion for art and design has allowed him to explore many different aspects of the field of interiors. Henri comes to Brentano with over a decade of industry experience. His start was with the Z Gallerie as a Regional Visual Merchandiser. He then transitioned into Residential Interior Design working on projects in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Palm Beach and Miami. During this time Henri also created hand painted textiles, sisal rugs, murals and wallpaper both in collaboration with his company and on his own as a hobby. Prior to joining Brentano Henri worked as an outside sales rep for Egg&Dart, a multiline showroom geared towards high end residential design, hospitality and contract. Henri has represented some of the industry’s most reputable lines, with Brentano being one of them. Now as West Coast district sales manager for Brentano, Henri enjoys managing multiline showrooms, meeting designers and being at the front of the design world.

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