Based in Vista, California (just a few miles away from us here in San Diego!), Sunset West is one of the most promising outdoor furniture brands to come out of the west coast in decades. Founded in 2005, the new brand struggled for years to gain any traction in a flooded patio furniture market. Their furniture is high quality, but not quite “premium name brand” – so it’s more expensive than most big box store items, but significantly less costly than super-luxe brands. This was a relatively underrepresented niche when Sunset West came along, and a lot of people overlooked the fledgling company.
But after a few years, Sunset West really started to gain ground. Word got out that this brand, based in the United States, not only had some amazing products at reasonable prices – but their customer service and friendly, effective cooperation with dealers was equally reputable. The company’s founder, Wes Stewart, even credits the real estate and banking implosion (and ensuing economic recession) of 2008 with some of Sunset West’s success: premium brand showrooms lost a lot of foot traffic, and casual big box furniture was seen as too cheaply-made to justify a purchase. Sunset West finally filled a niche that was in high demand!
So, let’s talk about their furniture. The frames for every set they produce are made from high quality extruded powder-coated aluminum, are incredibly rust-resistant, and are as lightweight as they are strong (in our own tests, Sunset West furniture tends to be lighter than most, and can handle a considerable amount of stress). The resin wicker is made of high quality, recyclable materials and is hand-woven around the frame for unique, hand-built quality and precision. All these materials are made to be weather-proof and fade resistant so you can keep them outdoors all year round without feat of colors running or frames rusting. And finally, all cushions and pillows that come with Sunset West’s furniture are made with Sunbrella fabrics – the premier outdoor marine-grade acrylic-based fabric in the world today (you can read even more about Sunbrella fabrics on our blog here). Everything about Sunset West furniture simply screams “quality.”
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite Sunset West Collections:
7.) The Malibu Collection