Franklin Report Report Card for Monte Allen in Los Angeles
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Monte Allen
1505 West 139th Street
Gardena, CA 90294
(310) 380-4640
Main Contact: Timo Yla
Upholstery & Window Treatments

Services & Specialties
Trade only--Custom upholstery

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Autographed glossies signed by the likes of Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman and Sting decorate Monte Allen's 7,000 square foot showroom—evidence that this firm has captured the hearts of some of the top designers in LA and their celebrity clientele. Whether it's reupholstery or custom slipcovers for existing furniture or making something from scratch, this long-cherished firm is applauded for living up to its Hollywood legend.

Owner Esa Yia-Soininmaki apprenticed for industry icon Monte Allen in the early eighties, before Allen retired. With his teacher's blessing, the Finnish artisan took over the Monte Allen name and its loyal clientele. Today, Yia-Soininmaki oversees 50 employees, but we hear he still manages to give the personal touch to each custom piece that comes through the shop. Working with 30 to 40 clients at one time, the firm nevertheless manages a turnaround of eight weeks for a custom job and three to four weeks for a slipcover or reupholstery. The firm's workshop-turned-showroom in West LA also displays its own line of furniture and case goods.

Representative Client Comments:
"I can depend on the finished piece to look good." "I don't have to visit the shop during the process because I can totally trust Esa to get it." "Why would I go anywhere else? They're quick, valuable and lots of fun to boot."

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