Industry Views - February 2013

Remembering Lintex’s Kurt Hamburger

Dubbed by colleagues the “dean of home textiles,” Kurt Hamburger, founder of Lintex Linens/Cobra Trading, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 of congestive heart failure at age 84.

Born on Nov. 17, 1928, in Bavaria, Germany, Kurt arrived with his parents in the U.S. in 1938. He served in the Army Miliatry Intelligence Unit during the Korean War in the 1950s.

After working in the home textiles industry for 20 years, he established his own company, Lintex Linens, in 1967.

Here are additional insights furnished in the obituary provided by his family:

Kurt was the consummate teacher, enlightening all who came in contact with him. Everyone learned something new from him each and every time they spoke to him.

He was a pioneer in the textile industry and particularly in the import business. Kurt entered into the import business even as the U.S. market thrived. He recognized the need to bring in new things not yet established in the U.S. market.

He was an innovator. He understood completely both his customers and his products, enabling him to make the perfect match. He was the quintessential salesman and entrepreneur in every sense of the word, starting his own company, Lintex Linens Inc. and later expanding it to include Cobra Trading (Company Brazil) and Lintex Bedding.

When not at work, he indulged his never-ending thirst for knowledge and at age 84 still believed there was always more to know.

As a father, Kurt provided his children, Cari and Mark, with a top-quality education and lifestyle. He instilled his ethics and beliefs in hard work and life’s values in them.

Here are excerpts of remembrances shared during the memorial service held for Kurt at the Metropolitan Synagogue in Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2013:

Cari Hamburger Kramer, Kurt’s daughter and principal, Lintex Bedding, said, “Dad was a tough businessman, but fair...Daddy, your legacy’s indelible and truly unique to this world.”

Rae Ellen Blum, Kurt’s wife and vice-president marketing-sales, Lintex/Cobra, said, “His legacy will be carried on in each and every one of us...he taught so many people things they could never have learned elsewhere.”
Stuart Weiss from Century 21 said, “Kurt was my Google...he knew so much about everything...He made me feel like he cared and I cared about him...I can attribute a lot of my success to him.”

Chris Ebanks from Toys ‘R’ Us likened Kurt to a little light. “Give him a chance to enter and he would light you up...I will miss my dear friend.”

Charitable donations in Kurt’s memory may be made to: NYU Langone Cardiovascular Medical Center, 550 First Ave., New York, NY 10016.


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