Rich is a first-generation American, an avid skier, a huge Arsenal fan, and he just so happens to make the internet’s favorite sheets. After graduating from New York University (NYU) in 2003, Rich spent four years working through the ranks in the finance industry until the Recession redirected his path, leading him to return to NYU to hone his entrepreneurial chops within the Stern School of Business — on a full-ride scholarship, no less.
Whilst at NYU, Rich and his wife and Brooklinen co-founder, Vicki, went on vacation and had a life-altering encounter with a set of delectable sheets. When trying to track down and purchase their own set, however, they were appalled by the $800 price tag and intrigued by the challenge it presented. Neither Rich nor Vicki had a background in textiles or manufacturing, but they soon realized just how savvy one can become when equipped with the Internet and the right combination of curiosity, persistence and vision. The couple spent one year educating themselves in the industry, visiting factories, sampling fabrics and trying out competitive offerings to truly understand what exactly makes sheets great. Alas! Brooklinen was born...
Today, the Fulops remain fully immersed in every aspect of their business - from design conception and fabric testing, to brand marketing and art direction - and continue to prioritize best practices from responsive manufacturing to authentic customer service, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs across the globe, and giving back to communities across the U.S. by donating all returns to Good360, a non-profit that works supply charities with necessary resources and keep usable goods out of landfills.
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