BETHPAGE, NY — Larry Kravet died peacefully in his bed at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 7.
He transformed a small, local fabric jobber into Kravet Inc. – North America’s largest integrated ‘to the trade’ wholesaler of decorative home products. He was the third generation of a now five generation family company. Brands owned by Kravet Inc. include: Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, Groundworks and G.P.&J. Baker. Larry was born in Brooklyn, the eldest of three children. He volunteered for WWII in 1943 and served as a Navy medic on a ship in the Pacific. He graduated from LIU with a business degree in 1948 and joined what was then S. Kravet and Sons in 1949, the same year he married Utta Falkowitz.
After serving his country again in the Korean War, Larry resumed his work at what became Kravet Inc. for the next 60 years.
Larry was a man with many passionate interests. He loved art and nature; more specifically, the colors that are created by both human talents and non-human forces. These would often be integrated into his textile products. He loved fishing, walking in the woods and just observing the details and interactions in nature. He also loved to travel to almost anywhere.
Most importantly, he was passionate about his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Utta, his dear brother, Alvin; his devoted children, Ellen, Cary and Scott; his son-in-law Raymond Burke; his daughters-in-law Lisa and Leslie; and his five grandchildren- Sara, Daniel, Sander, Shayna and Layton. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Ariana and his sister Marilyn Chaus. Larry was also deeply loved and respected by his many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
Remembrances of Larry Kravet
I first met Larry Kravet in N.Adams, MA. at a farewell party for Mr. Durocher of the premier home furnishing fabric printing company, Arnold Print Works.
Larry’s warmth and his gentleness were obvious.
It was a pleasurable moment and hard to forget.
Just to note we are sad to see that Larry Kravet, a true icon in our industry has passed away.
Larry was a member of our home textile community that everyone respected. Kravet Fabrics, and the team he created is the face of our home textile industry in the United States and Internationally. The Kravet family has been at his side throughout the years to create a company that has been a leader in the home decorating community for the past 40 years.
Larry and his team have always shown respect to their suppliers as well as their clients. A true sign of leadership and fairness that we all knew came from the top.
Condolences to Utta, who was his lifetime partner. We all remember the cutest couple at the fairs holding hands as they searched for new looks and colours for their clients. We wish Scott, Cary and all the family the great future you all deserve as you move the Kravet group into the future.
All the best,
Johnny Keeton Sales Agents