Larry Kravet died peacefully at home on March 7. He is credited with transforming 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 and volunteered in 1943 to serve in World War II as a Navy medic on a ship in the Pacific. He subsequently 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 in the military again in the Korean War, Larry resumed working at what became Kravet Inc. for the next 60 years.
As the company celebrates its 100th anniversary, Kravet Inc. recognizes that Larry was around for nearly all that time. His family credits his ingenuity and dedication to the home and design industry for the company’s continued success, and plans to continue his legacy.