People are often curious about our name and where it came from. We’d like to offer some truly deep and metaphorical meaning, but the truth is, it’s all about the fish………..
Neville Menzies, the owner of Dorado recalls:
“Some 34 years ago I was invited to go fishing on a friends’ ski boat. I had never been fishing off a boat before, and was never a keen fisherman, but I loved the adrenalin rush of spanking through the waves en route to the fishing spot.
On this occasion, we lolled about in choppy water for ages, with not even a nip of a bite. But eventually I felt a pull on my rod, and the tussle began, with what the seasoned fishermen knew was a fairly big one.
Some twenty minutes later I landed what turned out to be a 12 kilogram Dorado. Everyone was so excited, and I thought – well, that was hardly a big deal, and wondered what all the fuss was about.
Turned out that these seasoned fishermen, between them, had never caught a Dorado! Apparently not an everyday catch, so a little beginners luck was on my side!
Then, several months later, the father and son team who owned the boat and were among the crew on our original fishing trip, entered a much more competitive fishing competition off Umhlanga. Well, they went on to win the competition for catching the biggest fish of the day – and it was a 15 Kilogram Dorado!
They owned a successful plastic injection moulding business, and we were, at the time, in discussions to start a business to market some of their products.
Our two similar catches were too much of a coincidence to be ignored, and so Dorado Marketing was born!
That was nearly 34 years ago, and while those wonderful fishermen are no longer involved in Dorado, they still manufacture our injection moulded accessories to this day. And we strive to conduct our business in a way which honours those special catches from all those years ago – a combination of dedication, expertise, innovation and a little bit of luck! (And being in the right place at the right time)
Today we are dedicated to manufacturing an inspiring range of window treatment solutions, including our half-round wooden rods, finials and hold-backs, pelmets and Venetian Blinds, wrought iron and metal rods and our beautifully engineered anodised aluminium tension cable systems.
We have travelled the world, taking influences from some of history’s most stunning architecture and incorporating them into our fantastic range of window dressing products to suit our clients’ most discerning tastes”