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History of Radko Ornaments
Christopher Radko took an unlikely path toward creating a multimillion
dollar business. In fact, Christopher's success in Christmas and home
furnishings was literally an accident. At age 40, Christopher is celebrating
sixteen years in business, designs and produces a brilliant line of fine
glass Christmas ornaments, garlands and figures depicting everything from
the very traditional to the very whimsical. His designs inspire joy and
awaken the spiritual significance of the holiday, and, best of all, serve
as special momentos of a family's holiday celebrations.
In 1983, Christopher's family put up there Christmas tree and, in the
spirit of tradition, adorned it with their heirloom collection of over
2000 hand made, glass blown ornaments. Then, one week before Christmas,
a terrible and like changing event occurred for christopher. The family's
Christmas tree crashed, smashing the beautiffully decorated ornaments.
"With sudden and resounding finality, it seemed that the door that linked
me and my family to the memories of Christmases past had slammed shut. We
In an attept to make ammends for the broken ornaments, Christopher made it
his personal quest to restore the heirloom collection. The next summer,
while visiting distant cousins in Poland, he began to look for glass
ornaments but found nothing. He decided instead to find a glass blower who
could make the ornaments, but that was difficult as well. After finally
locating and working with a craftsman, Christopher used his knowledge of
traditional ornament shapes and had several dozen ornaments produced that
he intended to bring home to his family. The ornaments never made it. His
friends eagerly purchased all of them. On the next trip overseas, he brought
back more ornaments and those sold out as well.
At that point, Christopher realized that he his ornaments were truely one
of a kind. Most ornaments sold in the United States in the early `80's were
made out of synthetic materials. They were mass produced in countries that
didn't celebrate Christmas and were not very appealing. Nothing approached
the quality and craftsmanship that his ornaments demonstrated. Christopher
decided to open his business and by his second year, he had $75,000 in sales.
The company grew from there.
Sixteen years later, Christopher Radko's 2001 collection includes more than
1,200 designs. Instead of selling his ornaments during his lunch hour,
Christopher today has 3,000 accounts, including the many large, high quality
retailers like Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Marshall Fields and Roger's
Gardens. Christopher's artistry is now world renowned. Eager collectors and
fans await the release of his sparkling collection year after year.