In the 1930’s, Jack Gilligan was a salesman for a Melbourne department store selling Soft Furnishings and Window Coverings, however he was dismayed at the quality of many of the items he had on offer….
With a keen sense of style and the confidence to do better than what was available at the time, Jack founded Gilligan’s Blinds and in doing so set the foundations for quality and a reputation for excellence in Custom manufacturing of Soft Furnishings and Window Coverings that would transcend an entire generation.
Jack established Gilligan’s Blinds in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne in 1937 and a few years later, in the early 1940’s, moved to Westley Street, Hawthorn East.
These were the war years, and it was during this time that Gilligan’s Blinds workrooms were seconded by the government. While Jack continued to make Window Coverings, the workrooms were primarily producing coats, knapsacks and other garments for the armed forces.
In 1975, after a lifetime of making beautiful things, Jack passed the mantle of ownership to his daughter Cathy Gilligan.
Under Cathy’s careful guidance, Gilligan’s Blinds has continued its reign not only as the leading custom-manufacturer of Blinds but also a wide assortment of other Soft Furnishings.
Cathy’s brother John also works in the business and for over forty years developed meticulous skills in precision fabric cutting, joining and pattern matching which continue to underpin GB Custom Furnishings commitment to excellence.
Gilligan’s Blinds eventually out-grew the Westley Street workrooms and in 2007 relocated to its current location in Hall Street, Hawthorn East.
In 2011, Gilligan’s Blinds became known as GB Custom Furnishings, a name that better reflects the range and scope of services offered which includes custom-made Roller Blinds, Bonded Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds, London Blinds, Austrian Blinds, Swags & Tails, Upholstered Bed Heads, Bed Boxes and Ottomans, Pelmets, Wall Panels and Padded Room Dividing Screens.
Services have expanded to include embroidery that may be applied to Blinds, Pelmets and other Soft Furnishings.
GB Custom Furnishings has always been and continues to provide services on a strictly wholesale manufacturing basis, catering for the needs of Interior Designer and Decorators.