Meet Patric Richardson
The Laundry Evangelist, host of The Laundry Guy on Discover+, & Author of Laundry Love
Before there was a TV show and before there was a book, Patric Richardson loved laundry. When he was barely three years old, Santa brought him a toy washing machine, fueling a passion already inside him that presented itself whenever he helped hang the wash on the clothesline or fold the sheets with his beloved Granny Dude.
As a child, Richardson loved clothes, both wearing them and their care. In fact, he was voted best dressed in eighth grade and in high school, so his path was set. He studied merchandising apparel and textiles at the University of Kentucky and then left for an incredible career in luxury fashion at McAlpins, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Time spent in these legendary department stores taught him two major lessons: that incredible clothes are fun and that all clothing, regardless of price, can be cared for at home.
Richardson opened his designer vintage store, Mona Williams, in 2013, and embarked on the next step of his journey. The store carried a small, curated collection of fine laundry products, sparking the curiosity of his Minneapolis/St Paul customers. This curiosity only grew when the Star Tribune featured Patric and his love of laundering everything, from cashmere sweaters to tailored suits, at home. This publicity completely changed his direction-into the world of laundry and clothing care.
Richardson started sharing his expertise at his much-talked-about and often sold-out Laundry Camps, where he teaches people new and better ways to care for all of their apparel and home textiles. These camps sparked a revolution, prompting a book, Laundry Love, now in its fourth printing, and a television show, The Laundry Guy, on HGTV and Discovery+. Richardson has been featured in both local and national media-including Live with Kelly and Ryan, the Washington Post, Good Morning L.A., the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The New York Times, WGN, Twin Cities Live, the Pioneer Press, GMA3, The Tamron Hall Show-and international media, including the BBC, The Globe, Daily Mail and Die Welt.
Richardson continues his love of laundry and home in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his partner and a very well cared for lime tree.