March 21, 2022
Christopher Radko returns after 15 years with a new year-round collection
Radko’s right to use his name, Christopher Radko with regards to being the designer of HeARTfully Yours was challenged by Rauch Industries, the company that owns the rights to the trademark CHRISTOPHER RADKO. The matter was brought to the U.S Federal Court in New York, which has denied Rauch Industries Inc.’s motion that sought to prohibit Christopher from using his name in association with his home décor and ornament business.
HeARTfully Yours Collection
The artist’s HeARTfully Yours collection is handcrafted in limited-edition quantities by nine personally selected European families. “Nothing is mass produced, these are, as I call them, ‘works of heart’, created at small cottage workshops where the mom and dad and kids are still involved, just like the old days,” Radko said.
“My ornaments carry forth the legacy traditions of Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy, and these are the only countries where the ornaments are made,” he added. “My passion is sharing the spirit of Christmas all year long. This is not just a business for me, it has to have heart. Each ornament takes a whole week to make, and I personally oversee each one with my stamp of approval. This is my first collection in 15 years, and I am thrilled to be back. Most people retire in their 60s, but I get to start a whole new act 3 in my life, and it will be the best one ever!”
Mr. Radko is an artist whose glass-blown ornaments have for decades adorned homes all over the world. He has emerged from hiatus with a brand new line called HeARTfully Yours. Radko’s passion for creating these unique collectibles was born from a Christmas mishap when his family decked their 14-ft Christmas tree with heirloom glass ornaments and the new stand on which it was mounted collapsed under the weight and shattered almost everything.
His grandmother said he ruined Christmas forever. Distraught and determined to rectify the situation, Christopher found a glassblowing factory to recreate the pieces from his sketches along with some original designs. As family and friends learned of the incident and saw Christopher’s new ornaments, they all clamored to purchase some for themselves, encouraging him to create more and launch an eponymous brand in 1986.
Throughout the succeeding decades Christopher’s success accumulated countless celebrity fans including Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Elizabeth Taylor, John Travolta, Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Robert DeNiro, Kris and Kylie Jenner, and Barbra Streisand. In 2005, Christopher sold the CHRISTOPHER RADKO brand to Rauch Industries, which continues to make its own line of ornaments under that trademark.
The all-new HeARTfully Yours line is being met with raves by eager fans both old and new. And making the new pieces even more special is how Christopher dedicates a portion of the proceeds to various worthy causes including heart disease, breast cancer, AIDS research, food insecurity, and now Ukraine relief. “My ornaments go the extra mile by raising much-needed funds for these vital non-profits and programs,” he said.
For more information, visit HeARTfullyYours.com.