D'Kei presents itself as a total source for trim and fabric and as such designs and imports a host of decorative trimmings including tassels, beads (the current must-have embellishment), crystals and feathers of every type, size and color. The shop also features select drapery fabrics, pillows and decorative hardware all available through its to-the-trade-only storefront, warehouse and catalog.
Keith and Denise Axtell founded D'Kei in 1980 in warehouse space. The facility included a small workspace for designers, but Denise Axtell explains it became confusing and disruptive having designers in the warehouse. In 1994, the Axtell's opened a shop on Lisle's downtown main street. Here, in newly expanded space, designers and decorators can be immersed in the colors and textures of the shop's high-quality trims. D'Kei features product lines from Van Lathem, Fabricut, Conso, Claesson and even its own line of decorative hardware—all available for a closer look in room after room of displays. Thousands of items are kept in stock at the shop and anytime more is needed, the warehouse remains a short distance away.
D'Kei was never intended to be a retail business, but its shop was so inviting, it drew in customers. And so, occasionally, trimmings were sold to consumers—at a retail markup. That policy ended earlier this year and D'Kei returned to its strictly for-the-trade-only business, just in time for the holidays.