Founded in 1983 by Norman Gottlieb, Ricky Richards started as a small Sydney distributor of industrial and commercial textiles. One year later, Norman’s brother Ron joined him in the business and together they have embarked on a journey that would see Ricky Richards grow from very humble beginnings, into one of Australia’s leading wholesale distributors.
The family passion for textiles started back in the 1960’s when Eric (Norman and Ron’s father) registered the company name Ricky Richards as a women’s fashion label. During the 60’s and 70’s, Eric achieved great success supplying Australian retail stores with the Ricky Richards latest collections in women’s wear. You can still see some of Eric’s creations online today if you Google – Ricky Richards Vintage Dress or Clothing.
After being located in Pitt Street in the Sydney CBD with a small warehouse leased at Rozelle, it was decided to build a small warehouse/office complex at the current site at Homebush. By this time Eric had joined his sons in the running of the operation and he built these new premises. Today these same premises are the heart and soul of the business and where the head office and warehouse facility are still located.
In 1985 Norman already had the vision to join the then ACASPA – Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association and be a part of the industry organisation. With Ron being the more extroverted of the trio, he saw this as a fantastic networking opportunity and a great way to meet like-minded business people and along the way, hopefully make some new friends. The joining of the industry body was one of the best decisions that Norman made for the business. Over the years the tremendous networking opportunities made it possible for the company to forge strong relationships in Australia and all over the world. At one point Ron sat on the council of management and the company has been a staunch supporter and sponsor of STA (formerly ACASPA) for many years.
Like most of its customers, Ricky Richards has grown from a small family company taking on established competitors to a larger company looking to take the lead in providing quality products and ideas to help move the industries it services forward. From a 500 square metre office/warehouse it has grown to a complex covering 13,000 square metres filled with stock holdings for all the industries it services. It is a leader in doing things differently. Women in key roles in male dominated industries, smaller roll sizes to assist customers and warehouse staff, never accepting “the way it has always been done” are just some of the things that have helped set the focal direction of the company.
During the past 32 years Ricky Richards has evolved into a diversified national distributor, with over 50 dedicated employees and sales agents at Homebush, all over Australia and in Dallas, Texas. It supplies textiles to four core areas of industry – Industrial Textiles, Window Furnishing, Architectural Structures and Wide Format Print Media. Over these years with hard work, commitment and by providing solution based outcomes in everything it does, the company is recognised for providing real value to customers every day.
Sadly earlier this month our founder Norman Gottlieb passed away, and he leaves behind a wonderful legacy that will continue and be honoured by Eric, Ron and the entire team at Ricky Richards. Norman enjoyed the time spent with industry friends and colleagues during his 32 years as a director of the company, and was saddened that he would not be here to celebrate the association’s 75th year with everybody.
Ricky Richards are proud of our 30 year partnership with STA, formerly ACASPA and are honoured this year to be Platinum Sponsors of Spectex 15. Congratulations to all involved for 75 years of wonderful history and success.