Tell us about your business.It took years of searching to discover the traditionally woven coarse linen fabric I use in my range of bedding. I have always gravitated to natural fabrics: wool, cotton, linen. For years I lived near Ian Mankin’s iconic shop in Primrose Hill in London and loved every fabric he stocked. Working with beautiful materials has simplified my taste and complicated my life, because I am always looking for the definitive texture, or weave, or color. When I found this linen I recognized its beauty immediately, and as I work with it I appreciate its virtues more and more: easy care, relative stability, strength, straight grain, wonderful texture. I am thrilled to have commissioned a finer textured wide linen sheeting, which I call Smooth Linen, now available for sheets, pillow slips, duvet covers, curtains and tablecloths. This year, I have added sheer, almost weightless, Myriad curtain panels. Fabric samples are available without charge from my Web site.
What makes your business stand out?I Like Real. I want to do everything myself, hands on. I love skill. I love to pare things back to the bone, to the essence. I want to know provenance, history, my heritage. I admire an elegant sufficiency. I like things around me to be comfortable, hardwearing, trustworthy, understated, utterly fit for the purpose. I miss old towns and villages, the sense of a community deeply rooted in place, building, tending, understanding, appreciating, generation after generation and for the future. Connection, identification, pride, responsibility. I resent advertising, branding, labels, the victim side of fashion - but appreciate hard work, creativity, talent and play. Once I find something which embodies the elemental, fitting quality I have been searching for, I am happy with it. It pleases me, and I don't want more. I am deeply happy with things which are simple, timeless and good.
What's the best business advice you've received?“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” ― Bob Dylan
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