I’d always found great satisfaction in taking something older that was crafted using superb materials and technique and bringing it back to life–like the three-story Queen Anne Victorian my wife and I bought in 1979. When I started working on the house, I couldn’t find the hardware, moldings, and fittings I needed. You couldn’t get things like brass cabinet knobs in hardware stores. I eventually found obscure sources, but I had a “duh” moment when I realized I didn’t have the money to buy those things even if I had found them.
—Stephen Gordon, founder of Restoration Hardware in a Fortune interview