This L.A. furniture maker has stayed in business 40 years by catering to customers

In 1976, Victor Sawan took over an 8,500-square-foot space near South Los Angeles and started making brass beds. He named his new company Wesley Allen, created by blending the names of his son, Wesley, and his business partner Martin Bender’s son, Alan. Pretty quickly, the brand became known for the brass furniture that was in keeping with the look of the moment, alongside Laura Ashley-esque floral patterned fabrics, shag carpet and macrame plant hangings.