Tennis Champion and Design Entrepreneur Venus Williams Launches New Home Furnishings Collection
Tennis champion and design entrepreneur Venus Williams, in collaboration with leading home décor manufacturer UMA Home Décor, is debuting the Venus Williams Collection of home décor and furnishings at the UMA showroom during Las Vegas World Market on January 26, 2020. Its global sourcing capability has made UMA into one of the largest importers and wholesalers in the Home Decor Industry with over 10,000 items in stock and 40 years of experience. Products include decorative accessories, wall décor, accent furniture, floral accessories, garden items and lighting. UMA strives to provide customers with an extensive product selection, great pricing and fast shipping from two warehouses. With five showrooms nationally, UMA is a proud supplier to over 3,000 accounts including many of the top retailers globally.
UMA and Williams began their collaborative relationship when Williams was interested in expanding her enterprise and design brand by bringing consumers home décor in the retail space. A driving force and point of differentiation in designing the collection was Venus’ immersive approach and work as President and Principle of V Starr, the full-service commercial and residential interior design firm she founded in 2002 that creates extraordinary, bespoke and award-winning projects for clients. UMA is based in Compton, CA, where Williams grew up, which infuses a warm sense of home into not only the partnership, but also each piece within the collection. With more than 180 pieces spanning décor accessories, seating, wall art, occasional and bedroom furniture, the line is passionately designed by Williams and is inspired by her sense of personal style, design sophistication and global travels.
“I am honored to collaborate with UMA on my debut retail furnishings and home décor collection,” said Williams. “I hope the line helps people create the space they have always dreamed of.”
“UMA Home Décor is excited to work with Venus on this collection,” said Naval Bansal, chief executive officer of UMA. “Her passion for interior design is reflected in the eclectic and global feel of the product. The casual, yet sophisticated feel of the products is perfect for today’s lifestyles.”
Beginning her rise to the top at the age of 14, Williams quickly took the world of tennis by storm, rising to the top-ranked position, breaking countless records and winning numerous championships. While continuing to be a force on the court, Williams chose to also explore her creative side and enrolled in fashion school where she was instantly drawn into the world of fashion and interior design. True to her bold spirit, she parlayed her degree and fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit into successful design venture, V Starr.
The Venus Williams Collection marks Williams and UMA’s first exclusive personality design collaboration. The partnership was developed by Venus Williams and her team at V Starr in coordination with Williams’ agency, WME, and Dan Levin, of Prominent Brand+Talent, on behalf of UMA.
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About Venus Williams
With 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 Wimbledon championships and 4 Olympic gold medals, tennis legend Venus Williams is arguably one of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports. At the age of 14, Williams quickly took the world of tennis by storm rising to the top-ranked position, breaking countless records and winning numerous championships. Encouraged by her mother at an early age to explore her creative side, Williams enrolled in fashion school where she was instantly drawn into the world of fashion and interior design. True to her bold spirit, Williams parlayed her fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit into two successful design ventures. In 2002, after obtaining an Interior Decorator certification, Williams founded V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm, which has completed such prominent projects as a partnership with Airbnb partner, Niido, to design their first-ever apartment complex as well as a the Tennis Lounge and V Suite for the landmark renovation of the Chicago Midtown Athletic Club and attached hotel. Continuing with her love for design, Williams obtained an Associate of Science in Fashion Design and in 2012 she launched the activewear brand, EleVen by Venus Williams. Williams holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East and an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. www.venuswilliams.com
About UMA Enterprises, Inc.
Its global sourcing capability has made UMA into one of largest importers and wholesalers in the Home Decor Industry with over 10,000 items in stock and 40 years of experience. Products include Decorative Accessories, Wall Decor, Accent Furniture, Floral Accessories, Garden Items and Lighting. UMA strives to provide customers with an extensive product selection, great pricing, and fast shipping from two warehouses. With five showrooms nationally, UMA is a proud supplier to over 2500 active accounts including many of the top retailers globally. www.umainc.com