Industry veteran Sidney Slovik, 97
HTT Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 10/22/2012 11:18:07 AM
Woodmere, N.Y. - Sidney Slovik, founder of Beau Ideal Bedspreads, passed away Oct. 19 of natural causes at age 97.
He created Beau Ideal in 1946 after returning home from World War II, where he served in the Army Air Corp.
"His father was a sewing machine operator," said Slovik's son, Mitchell. "So my grandfather would sew it, and my father would sell it."
Beau Ideal eventually operated several production facilities around the country, producing bedspreads, comforters and curtains. The company, which for many years had a New York showroom at 261Fifth Avenue, sold to powerhouse JCPenney as well as a start-up called Bed Bath and Beyond - "and everybody else, right down to the momma and poppa stores," said Mitchell.
He was given a Dean of the Industry Award and later retired in 1991.
Slovik is survived by son Mitchell and daughter, Aileen, four grandchildren (Alison, Julia, Dara and Cory) and five great-grandchildren (Bradley, Kaiya, Devyn, Marley and Eden).
Donations in his memory can be made to the MJHS Hospice at http://mjhsfoundation.org.
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