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Richloom’s Reisel Retires

December 11, 2020

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Andrew Reisel
Andrew Reisel

NEW YORK—Andrew Reisel, the right-hand man for Richloom Fabrics Group principal Jim Richman, retired in June after a 36-year career, most recently as president.

“We were never much on titles at Richloom,” Reisel says. “I was part of a core group that ran the business. We looked forward to working together and coming to work every day. We had great chemistry there with an entrepreneurial atmosphere.”

He adds: “Originally, I was supposed to leave the company later in 2020 but the pandemic accelerated my departure.”

Reisel was involved in all facets of Richloom and was instrumental in selling the readymade division of the company several years ago.

He took some time off after retiring this summer. But in September, Reisel began consulting with his old friend and former Richloom workmate, David Titlebaum. He is now principal of Radiate Textiles, an up-and-coming upholstery converter in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Reisel sees a rebound for the industry.

“There is now a pent-up demand in this country for travel and dining out that will return in force within two years,” he says. “The U.S. population just can’t wait to do those things again as soon as they feel safe.”

 


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