First/Person: David Finer

Cara Gibbs

17 June 2021

FamilyAffairLegacy, lineage and longevity run deep within the threads of the Fabricut Brands—the result is a tapestry of diverse textile houses that honor heritage and creativity above all else. At the helm of the fabric dynasty today is David Finer, who shared his journey into the fabric industry, the beauty of S. Harris in particular and the magic of embracing change.



Hometown… Tulsa

Coffee or tea… oriental tea & a decaf latte with a ½ shot.

Mantra… live life to the fullest.

Never without… my phone.

Design muse… Iris Apfel

Favorite museum… United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Last book you read… Mila 18

Favorite restaurant… Amelia’s

Favorite hotel… Villa D’Este

Design is… important!

Fabric can… change a room.

Every home needs… peace and tranquility.

Tulsa is... a wonderful city.

I’m a firm believer in… living life from the perspective of glass half full.

I’m deeply grateful for… my family.

The world needs more… pragmatic centrist thinking.




Share with us your history into the fabric and textile world.David_3-1
I grew up in the warehouses of the company watching the previous generation run the business. Later, I attended UCLA and in 1978, graduated with a degree in economics. After college, I worked for various retail customers, held sales territories, and worked in our LA offices for a bit of time until moving back to Tulsa in 1981 to begin hard training for the business.

What do you think will be the lasting effects on your creative work and/or the textile industry from the pandemic? 
Home has been accentuated since we’ve been forced to stay within those walls. In the coming years, I think this could very likely be considered the decade of the home. David_2

What is design’s impact on the world?
Design creates interior spaces that are attractive and comfortable.

Give us a peek into your daily routine—what does a day in the life of David Finer look like?
I wake up at 5:45am and exercise for a half hour. I’m at the office by 8:30am an
d head home around 6pm and exercise again—have to get my cardio in. Then it’s time for dinner, relaxation, sleep, repeat.

Let's talk history—how important is honoring a brand's legacy? It’s vital. Many brands have lost their legacies, but I’m proud that Fabricut’s legacy is very much alive and remains important to the company’s existence. JodiDavid

Let's dive into S. Harris. How do you describe the brand's style and our textile voice?
For me, S. Harris has a very distinct style and voice. It’s edgy, eclectic, daring, non-traditional, and adventurous.

What's been your biggest professional accomplishment?
To be the link between the founders of Fabricut and the future generations and perpetuating a very healthy, flourishing company within our industry.

What’s your favorite S.Harris fabric? 
Brushstroke Velvet. I love the way it looks and it’s alive with artistry!











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Cara Gibbs

Cara is a freelance design and lifestyle writer, editor, and stylist residing in Manhattan. Formerly the principal style editor at Luxe Interiors + Design, she now is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Wallpaper, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is also the co-founder of the artisan marketplace, In The Pursuit, a platform that marries content with commerce through a lifestyle lens.

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