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 via UPS, 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 Finchand Albany Parkare estimated to complete $18 million in sales in 2020; up from $3.9 million in 2019.
Darryl SharptonCo-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 SharptonCo-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 2008Darryl Sharpton sold the first sofa from his college apartment
August 2017Edloe Finch was founded
February 2019Albany Park was founded
July 2019Albany Park Website was launched
August 2019Albany Collection was launched as the first Albany Park Collection
September 2019First Albany sofa sold
March 2020Park and Kova Collections completed the Albany Park portfolio
October 2020Albany Park launched the Ekaabo Collection
November 20206,500+ orders shipped