Now that we’re in the swing of summer, the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the nights are balmier than ever before. And while curling up in bed is a pastime more commonly associated with the cooler months, there’s no better way to while away an evening after a day on the beach than in the comfort of your boudoir. The trick to making it an inviting space when temperatures are soaring is to opt for light and natural fibres that allow your body to breathe, which is why linen is such a popular bedding choice. In Bed founder Pip Vassett says: “They say that linen breathes more in summer and I do find it lovely to sleep in, in the warmer weather.”
From a Sydney-based brand whose sheets are washed in volcanic stones to a mother-daughter duo making waves in the bedding sphere, here are six linen bed brands that you should know about.
The brainchild of former journalist and Sydneysider Genevieve Rosen, Bed Threads was born when Genevieve was moving apartments and struggled to find gorgeous linen bedding without a hefty price tag. By cutting out the middle man and selling directly to customers, Bed Threads has established itself as a go-to for affordable linen that doesn’t compromise on quality. Its signature flax is grown in France by registered farmers and suppliers, then turned into sets in China under ethical working conditions. Both sustainable and 100 per cent carbon neutral, the packaging is also entirely plastic-free, making Bed Threads one of the most eco-friendly options on around.
Founded in 2013 by stylist and entrepreneur Pip Vassett, In Bed is a brand that makes beautiful bedding designed to be both lived in and loved for many years to come. With a focus on high quality, natural and environmentally friendly materials, In Bed has also partnered with the charity organisation Women’s Community Shelter, with monthly donations from product sales, and bedding sets for the shelters, so you can sleep soundly between the sheets knowing your money is making a difference to those more in need. With a stunning flagship store in Sydney’s leafy Paddington and a gorgeous sleepwear, bath and kitchen range to boot, you could happily kit out your entire home with these beautiful fabrics.
Carlotta + Gee
The story of the hugely sought-after linen bedding brand Carlotta + Gee started when friends Carlotta (who is originally from Barcelona) and Georgie (a brand, PR and communications expert originally from Melbourne) took a trip together to a boutique hotel in Byron Bay. The rest, as they say, is history. Using pure, sustainable materials, almost no chemicals and sheets that are washed in volcanic stones from Malaysia in order to accelerate the flax softening process, Carlotta + Gee’s linen is slow fashion fabric at its finest. With a stylish range of 17 different colours, from blue stripe to blush, this picture-perfect bedding can make sleeptime a dream.
Andrea & Joen
The brains behind fashion footwear label Andrea & Joen decided to branch out into bedding to fuse their love of luxury and sophistication paired with understated style. Using fabric that is natural and eco-friendly, Andrea & Joen opted to use French flax over its European competitors to ensure a premium quality line that feels as good as it looks. The crème de la crème of sumptuous French linen that will only get better with age, from classic stripes to a rich olive hue, linen aficionados will know they’re in good hands when buying from this designer duo.
The aptly named Mother Daughter was founded in 2014 by Ruth and Grace and is inspired by “country simplicity”. Carefully sourced, cut and sewn by the mother-daughter duo in coastal Victoria, every single item benefits from invisible French seams that take about seven times longer than more common alternatives. While the price point is higher than some of their competitors, this linen label with family foundations is designed to last a lifetime, and with a gorgeous range of colours that includes shades like Snow, Cloud, Cinnamon and Moss, bedtime doesn’t get much more luxurious than this.