Both the company and the brand continue to go forward creating new designs and developments which bring the product into the future.
Bohemia Crystal Pty Limited Australia closely represents the Glassworks and crystal producers in the Czech and Slovak Republics. These factories, which include Sklarny Bohemia Podebrady, Bohemia Crystalex Novybor, Crystalite Bohemia Svetla and Slovglass Poltar are exporters of fine products from the glassmakers of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Bohemia Crystal services not only the Australian market but also New Zealand, South East Asia and the South Pacific Islands from our headquarters in Sydney Australia.
Bohemia Crystal is proud of the fact that they sell the finest quality crystal and glassware on the Australian Market under well respected brands such as Bohemia Crystal, Astra and Royal Cristalleria Italiana (RCR).
Before 1939 there was little importation of Czechoslovakian (now Czech and Slovak Republics), glass and crystal into the Australian Market.
Immediately after the war, a Bohemia Crystal Factory at Havlickuv Brod contacted the Australian Chamber of Commerce to find an agent in Australia with knowledge of crystal and glass products and in 1946 an agent was appointed for Bohemia Crystal product in Australia.
In 1948 all the individual factories throughout Czechoslovakia joined together to form one multinational organisation. This company was named Glassexport Co. Limited.
From 1949 onwards, the Australian agent visited Czechoslovakia each year to co-ordinate production programs and to source and improve ranges and designs with each factory to suit the needs of the Australian market.
In November 1975, Bohemia Crystal Pty Limited Australia, began with a main office in Double Bay, distributing goods from a warehouse in Alexandria. As the existing agent already imported certain ranges directly, it was decided that they would still import directly from the Czech Republic under their own brands and that Bohemia Crystal Australia would be responsible for delivering, promoting and bringing the quality Bohemia branded to the market.
During the 1980's with business increasing on the Australian market, the office in Double Bay was considered undersized and new premises with an adjoining warehouse were purchased in Artarmon.
In 1989 the first Bohemia Crystal retail shop in the world, opened its doors in Pitt Street, Sydney. This shop was a prestigious outlet allowing Bohemia Crystal Pty Limited to display all our product lines. Bohemia Crystal has continued this tradition with having outlet shops in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
With the continuing growth of the brand Bohemia, it was necessary to enlarge our warehouse premises and subsequently moved into a larger office and warehouse complex located in Marrickville, Sydney.
November 1995 saw Bohemia Crystal Pty Limited officially open the new premises at Marrickville, which coincided with our 20th Anniversary of business in Australia. Since then the company has continued to grow and has opened a number of franchise stores within well known Department Stores as well as opening Factory Outlet stores.
As the new century opened, Bohemia Crystal continued to expand, bringing quality design and craftsmanship to the market at affordable prices for the population of Australia. The trend to continue to provide both traditional, contemporary and modern pieces to the market was further enhanced by the introduction of new technologies and brands.