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Cover Story

Sheer Growth
A textile company becomes a global hospitality force

By Alia Akkam
Photography courtesy of Richloom Contract

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nspired by the time spent working at his father's
textile venture, in 1957 Fred Richman launched
Richloom Fabrics Group. At the time the business
focused its efforts on just one goal: the conversion
of drapery weight fabrics. Now president
emeritus, with his son Jim-a 44-year vet of the
New York-based company-at the helm, it's evolved into a
global textile and finished goods empire with a vast brand
portfolio and, through the Richloom Contract division, a
robust hospitality presence.
The 2008 financial crisis spawned an era of uncertainty, yet
since those bleak times John Ringer, Richloom's vice president
of sales and marketing, points out that the hospitality sphere
has exploded, with Richloom Contract seeing sustained growth
year after year. These customers seek out products that are
markedly different from the simple desires voiced by Richman's
midcentury coterie.
"Across all of our contract client base, we are seeing greater
influence of traditional residential styles and a movement away
from classic commercial patterns," Ringer says. "Menswear
looks and gutsy, heavier weight textural solids are popular
for upholstery, while dry hand and casual woven linen looks
are trending well for drapery. Embroidery and appliqué on
decorative pillows are still 'jewelry' in the room that designers
on all levels of hospitality are drawn to."
Fruitful collaborations between Richloom and every tier of
the hospitality spectrum have been going strong for more than
35 years. Ringer notes that the longest standing relationship is
with Marriott's slate of brands, but Richloom has also joined

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Top: Sheer fabrics from Richloom Contract's library of
decorative sheers and multi-purpose fabrics. Above:
Westminster, the new bedding ensemble from Kelly
Hoppen for Richloom Contract.


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News
Who’s Who
Have You Seen?
Scholarships
Sustainability
Q&A: Marie Herr
Q&A: Brittany Johnson
Q&A: Leigh Mitchell
On the Scene
Project: Wyndham Grand Hunt Valley
Project: Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre
Project: DoubleTree by Hilton San Bernardino
Partner Profiles
Chapter Highlights
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