Let's jump back in time to 1981, the year Peggy Byron opened Au Lit Fine Linens in Montreal, one of the first bed linen shops in Canada to offer quality, pure cotton sheets in a market saturated with polyester. The boutique was an instant success and our mission has been unwavering from the start: to change the way people sleep.
That very same year, Ann & Sam Nielsen founded Once A Tree Furniture in Vancouver, a shop dedicated to enhancing people's lives by offering unique, quality homewares. Once A Tree Furniture quickly became a premier furniture destination on the West Coast and remains so today.
Forty years in, both Au Lit and Once a Tree are owned and operated by their founders' daughters, Joanna at Au Lit Fine Linens and Daphne at Once A Tree. Separated by over 4,000 KMs, it seemed unlikely the two would ever meet, but fate always finds a way.
This summer Joanna visited Vancouver with a purpose: how can we bring Au Lit Fine Linens out West? Over a series of conversations, one potential partner came up again and again: Once A Tree Furniture. Through sheer serendipity, it turns out Once A Tree was in search of quality bedding to outfit the 16 stunning beds on their showroom floor, and a meeting was set to explore the possibilities.
Joanna and Daphne sat down for a meet-and-greet and instantly clicked, two women running successful home furnishing companies, both celebrating 40 years in business, both focused on quality above all else and both proudly Canadian. The parallels were remarkable and what started out as a conversation around outfitting the display beds at Once A Tree quickly evolved into something bigger - Au Lit's very first pop-up shop in Vancouver. It was a match made in Canada.
With our brands fully aligned, both teams have been working tirelessly to create an incredible Au Lit experience at Once A Tree Furniture, and we are beyond thrilled to see our efforts finally come to fruition. Our linens are on display throughout Once A Tree's expansive 10,000+ sq. foot showroom, featuring a curated assortment of our exclusive, Canadian and European-made bed linens. Our all-natural bedding integrates seamlessly with Once A Tree's exceptional quality furniture, while an immersive Au Lit Fine Linens showcase on the main floor tells the Au Lit story and highlights our core collections, which are on sale for cash and carry.
The pop-up is open now until November 30th at Once A Tree Furniture (750 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Y5). Once A Tree is open 10am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday with the opportunity to shop by appointment by calling Once A Tree at 604-324-2126 or e-mailing email@example.com.
To celebrate the grand opening of the Au Lit x Once A Tree Pop-Up we are hosting a giveaway! Visit @aulitfinelinens and @onceatreefurniture on Instagram for your chance to win a set of our bestselling Essential 3-Line Percale.