Q&A: What is long staple Egyptian cotton?

May 22, 2015

 

Q: I've heard a lot about long staple cotton. What does that mean?

A: Great question! To know about long staple cotton, you must first learn about Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton is known for being the best quality cotton in the world. Egypt's heavy rain, humidity, and consistent temperatures contribute to the ideal climate for growing cotton. These growing conditions result in cotton that boasts extra long fibres, or staples. The extra long staples allow for the spinning of much stronger and more uniform yarns, resulting in fabric that is extremely smooth, durable, and which becomes softer with time.

Of the world's supply of cotton, only 1% comes from Egypt! When choosing your linens, we always recommend 100% Egyptian cotton to ensure the highest quality standard. Unfortunately, suppliers can write Egyptian cotton on the package, even if only 1% of the cotton is from Egypt. If the package says 100% Egyptian cotton, you can trust it’s going to be of superior quality.

 

 

 

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House & Home: June 2015

May 19, 2015

Did you check out our feature in the June issue of House & Home magazine? We love how designer & shop owner Jill Kantelberg masterfully mixes a giant, floor-to-ceiling piece of art with an eclectic collection of furniture. The best part? Her calm and soothing neutral bedding.

Want to get this look for your own home? Shop the post with our 320 Thread Count Cotton Satin Sheets in Cream & Lavato Washed Linen Body Pillow.

 

 

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Start Fresh: 12 Beautiful Bedroom Ideas for the Cottage

May 15, 2015
Before you pack the car and head up north for the long weekend, we've got a special treat for you! We've rounded up some of our favourite fresh bedroom designs for the cottage.

 

Hopefully these images will inspire you to start anew this summer. Leave the old sheets at the city house. Put away your grandparents' scratchy blankets. Update those dusty old florals and plaids. Start fresh, and make your cottage the perfect place to relax, unwind, and get away from it all. Check out our brand new Cottage Shop for more ideas!

 

Gabriel Holland Design

 

Beach Chic Design

 

Sarah Richardson Design

 

Cottage Company

 

LDa Architecture & Interiors

 

Georgica Pond

 

 

Cottage Company

 

John Bedell Photography

 

LDa Architecture & Interiors

 

Chango & Co.

 

Studio McGee

 

Alessandra Branca

 

 

 

 



Behind the Scenes: The Au Lit Fine Linens Factory

May 13, 2015

Here at Au Lit Fine Linens, we are proud to say that we manufacture our linens at the same Montreal factory we opened in the early eighties. In today's retail world where so many companies have taken their production overseas, we make all of our signature products right here in Canada. As our tagline says, "Made in Canada by people who truly care." Have you every wondered... who are these people? Read on below for a fascinating glimpse into the factory that makes the sheets you sleep on each night.

When our founder, Peggy, created Au Lit back in 1981, she searched for a workshop that could produce the high-quality cotton sheets she had dreamed of. Her search lead her to Ghislane Dion and her team of dedicated sewers, all of whom shared the same attention to detail and commitment to quality that she did.

Since that day, we have exclusively used Ghislane's factory for our collection, and she has since enlisted the help of her daughter, Martine. Today, the mother-daughter duo are at the helm of a small team of cutters, sewers, and embroiderers, many of whom have worked at the factory since its inception. Duncan, our fabric cutter extraordinaire, has been hand-cutting the cotton fabric for our sheets for as long as we can remember. His eye for perfection has made him a legend amongst our staff. All of our embroidery and applique is done by Caroline, who carefully hand-guides each stitch, ensuring every single embroidery line is straight.

A lot of our customers are intimidated when we suggest having their items custom made; they imagine it will mean an exorbitant cost and will take six months to arrive. In reality, each piece from the factory is already cut, sewn, and stitched by hand, so making adjustments to tailor your fitted sheet or bedskirt is very easy. In most cases, we will have the piece you're dreaming of back in your hands within 2-4 weeks.

Our close relationship with the factory and our sewers gives us better quality control, and we consider our factory to be part of our family. Take a peek at the photo tour below to see how some of your favourite items are made by hand.

 

  

 

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Quintessentially Canadian Spring 2015

May 12, 2015

Check out our cover girl Joanna Goodman on the cover of Quintessentially Canadian's Spring 2015 issue! When Joanna isn't modelling on the cover of magazines - and teaching us how to smize - she is the owner and creative director of Au Lit Fine Linens. Click through to read the amazing story of how Au Lit began, and how Joanna continues the legacy that her mother started in 1981.

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Meet Lusomé: Luxury Sleepwear

May 08, 2015

Have you heard of Lusomé sleepwear? If not, prepare to get well acquainted with this innovative Canadian brand. Lusomé - an ancient Scottish word meaning desirable - is a beautifully designed line of sleepwear that utilizes high-tech fabric with advanced moisture management. Each piece is constructed of high quality, luxuriously soft fabric with an impeccable cut and fit.

Lusomé is the brainchild of Lara Smith, a 20-year veteran in the women's fashion industry. After watching several of her female family members face health issues and battle night sweats, Lara searched the globe for pajamas that would keep them cool throughout the night and absorb perspiration. In her extensive search, the only option Lara could find was polyester, which is treated with harsh chemicals and absorbs bacteria rather than repelling it. Lara saw a gap in the market, and put her skills and experience to work to create a unique line of high-performance sleepwear.



Lara's idea sent her to textile mills around the world, searching for the perfect material. It had to be moisture-wicking, blended with natural fibres, and soft to the touch. After several rounds of testing, Lara discovered dryLon™ technology, a completely new concept in moisture management. After testing the fabric with several independent laboratories, Lara knew that her genius idea - a mix of fashion and science - was about to change the way women slept forever.

Here at Au Lit, we are proud to carry the Lusomé line. Not only do we believe in the ethos of the brand, but we love the fit! Each piece has been meticulously engineered to ensure optimal comfort. Our favourite is the Donna two piece classic pyjama set, available in black, gray, and pink. We encourage you to come in and see the line for yourself - it will change the way you sleep!

Check out our "Sweet Dreams" Pinterest board to see more of our favourite pyjamas and sleepwear!

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Mother's Day: Our Favourite Gifts & Traditions

May 07, 2015
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and the boutique is bustling with customers picking up pretty gifts for mom. We've got tons of bath and beauty products, the softest robes and pajamas you could imagine, and beautiful bedding that is sure to make her smile. For fun, we've rounded up the Au Lit staff members to see how they'll be celebrating all things Mom this year.

"This Mother's Day, I'm looking forward to a relaxing morning with my daughter. She's a pastry chef, and I couldn't imagine anything more wonderful than her homemade crepes with berry compote. I'll spend the morning in my favourite egyptian cotton Fontenay nightshirt, and perhaps take a bath in the afternoon. It's my go-to indulgence, especially with our Lavender Milled Shea Soap. The lavender scent is the only thing that helps me relax."

 

 

"Each year, my brother and I team up to give our mom the ultimate day off. We do our best to pamper her; we clean the house from top to bottom and cook her favourite thai chicken chili stir fry. My mom is obsessed with our super-soft Portofino towels, so I'll be giving her a new set in charcoal to match her bathroom. She also loves to garden, so I'll be bringing her a selection of fresh herbs to plant in the backyard." 

 

"Ever since having my own daughter, Mother's Day has become a really special day for our family. I spend the day with my mother and daughter, and all three generations head out for high tea at the King Edward Hotel. My husband and I just re-decorated our bedroom in the prettiest shade of pale blue-gray, so I'm hoping he will treat me to my favourite bedding, the Loft embroidered duvet cover (with matching sheets!) in Airforce."

 

"Without a doubt, the best way to treat mom is with a plane ticket to a fabulous destination. Make sure to supply her with a little bag of luxuries on the side, like our amazing Travel Pillow (I never go anywhere without it), silk eye mask, and K. Hall's Milk Hand & Body Cream."

 

"Nothing would make me happier than spending the entire day in bed! I would relax and enjoy snuggling with my kids and reading books all day long. I'm also obsessed with monograms, so receiving a plush terry robe with my initials on it or a new set of monogrammed sheets would make my day."

 

"I have the most wonderful son on the planet, so for me every day is like Mother's Day. He is incredibly thoughtful; he is constantly buying me flowers and cooking me dinner. This Mother's Day is extra special because it is the first year that my new daughter-in-law has joined our family! I would love for all of us to spend the day together in our newly re-decorated living room. We just got a gorgeous new linen sofa and the Miles toss cushions and Oxford throw blanket look fantastic on it!"

 

"My mom lives about an hour away, so spending time with her on Mother's Day is always extra special. My dad, sister and I try to treat her to the things she loves best: a huge bouquet of lilacs, a pair of comfy gray Donna pajamas, a K. Hall peony candle, and a nice bottle of wine. We always go to The Keg for dinner to treat her to her favourite food, a big steak!"

 

 

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