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Press Contact:
press@edloefinch.com
Address:
6711 Stella Link Rd., Suite 365
Houston, TX 77005
Website:
albanypark.com

Our Story

Former NFL linebacker Darryl Sharpton and his wife, Jessica, discovered a problem — buying a sofa sucked.

After shopping in an over-priced "designer" showroom and being overwhelmed with hundreds of sofa options and a poor buying experience, the entrepreneurial couple began drafting a plan to disrupt this archaic way of purchasing a sofa. As a result, the couple entered the e-commerce industry in 2017 with the launch of Edloe Finch, a modern furniture brand born out of their love for furniture and for each other.

Much like their flagship brand, Albany Park – introduced in 2019 – is radically changing the way people shop for sofas with only three models that satisfy everyone’s needs, free delivery, and packaging that’s apartment-friendly and space conscious. This hip-chic furniture brand features contemporary, high-quality sofas, sectionals, loveseats, armchairs and ottomans at an affordable price.

Edloe Finch and Albany Park are estimated to complete $45 million in sales in 2021; up from $18 million in 2020 and $3.9 million in 2019.

Our Founders

Darryl Sharpton

Co-Founder & CEO

Darryl Sharptonis co-founder and chief executive officer of Albany Park,a digitally-native upholstery brand that offers high-quality, designer furniture at a fair price. In this role, he leads product development and marketing strategy. His award-winning designs have redefined the way that people buy sofas for their home.

Before entering the e-commerce industry, Sharpton played five seasons as a NFL linebacker. He was a 2010 fourth-round draft pick by the Houston Texans and retired as a result of a hip injury shortly after signing with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015. His professional sports journey includes time with the Chicago Bears and the Washington Football team. He finished his football career playing in 47 games; recording 176 tackles and one sack.

In 2008, he began selling furniture online from his college apartment while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Miami. This first foray into e-commerce included purchasing sofas and marking up the price roughly $50. After leaving the NFL, he took $300,000 from his savings to launch Edloe Finch and Albany Park with his wife, Jessica Sharpton.

Jessica Sharpton

Co-Founder & COO

Jessica Sharpton was tired of furniture companies that were over-promising and under-delivering. With a passion for solving problems and perfecting design, she serves as Albany Park’sco-founder and chief operating officer and leads operations and logistics — ensuring every customer receives a product they love.

Sharpton has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rice University and is a former oil and gas consultant. She worked at PwC and Halliburton before starting a home building business and later teaming up with her husband, Darryl Sharpton,  to launch Edloe Finch in 2017 and Albany Park in 2019.

Facts & Figures

  • March 2008
    Darryl Sharpton sold the first sofa from his college apartment
  • August 2017
    Edloe Finch was founded
  • February 2019
    Albany Park was founded
  • July 2019
    Albany Park Website was launched
  • August 2019
    Albany Collection was launched as the first Albany Park Collection
  • September 2019
    First Albany sofa sold
  • March 2020
    Park and Kova Collections completed the Albany Park portfolio
  • October 2020
    Albany Park launched the Ekaabo Collection
  • February 2021
    Two new Ankara prints were added to The Ẹkáàbọ̀ Collection
  • March 2021
    15,300+ orders shipped

250%GROWTH

year-over-year

45MIn Sales

for 2021

15K+Orders Shipped

to date

25+Employees

Awards

Best Online Furniture & Home Decor 2020

News

Former NFL linebacker Darryl Sharpton is now thriving with an online furniture business

Former NFL linebacker Darryl Sharpton is now thriving with an online furniture business

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Online Sofa Shopping Is Finally Easy Thanks to This Affordable New Brand

Online Sofa Shopping Is Finally Easy Thanks to This Affordable New Brand

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I Switched from a Traditional Sofa to This Super Cozy Sectional and I’m Never Going Back — Here’s Why

I Switched from a Traditional Sofa to This Super Cozy Sectional and I’m Never Going Back — Here’s Why

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Meet Albany Park, our new favorite couch-in-a-box brand

Meet Albany Park, our new favorite couch-in-a-box brand

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37 Things To Make Your Home Look Like An Interior Designer Took Over

37 Things To Make Your Home Look Like An Interior Designer Took Over

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Designer Mia Vesper Defines Her Home With Vintage Textiles and Peach-Colored Paint

Designer Mia Vesper Defines Her Home With Vintage Textiles and Peach-Colored Paint

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22 genius space-saving furniture pieces for your home

22 genius space-saving furniture pieces for your home

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This Editor-Loved Retailer Ships Sofas in a Week (or Less!) — Here Are 4 You Should Buy

This Editor-Loved Retailer Ships Sofas in a Week (or Less!) — Here Are 4 You Should Buy

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The 25 Fastest-Growing DTC Brands of Q2 2021

The 25 Fastest-Growing DTC Brands of Q2 2021

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Ready for a new sofa? Here are 6 top couch-in-a-box brands you’ll love

Ready for a new sofa? Here are 6 top couch-in-a-box brands you’ll love

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Former NFL Linebacker Darryl Sharpton’s Ancestry Inspires Furniture Line

Former NFL Linebacker Darryl Sharpton’s Ancestry Inspires Furniture Line

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An Honest Review of Albany Park’s Bestselling Items

An Honest Review of Albany Park’s Bestselling Items

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Press Releases

Albany Park Launches the Ẹkáàbọ̀ Collection

Feb. 17 2021 Read Press Release

Media Assets

Founders Headshots

Founder Headshots Assets Darryl Sharpton
Founder Headshots Assets Jessica Sharpton

Company Branding & Products

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Albany Park Assets Ẹkáàbọ̀ Collection
Albany Park Assets Albany Collection
Albany Park Assets Park Collection
Albany Park Assets Kova Collection

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