Behind the Scenes: The Au Lit Fine Linens Factory
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.