As 2012 came to a close, I spent time looking back on all the different brands and categories I had covered over the past year, since starting the blog. There are many surrounding me daily, as I walk block to block carrying out my business endeavors for Michelle Vale. From scoping out leather to sourcing zippers or lining for next season’s handbag samples, the New York Garment Center is its own little community. An area of Manhattan, where within a few block radius, hundreds if not thousands of brands are able to access factories, materials and suppliers to take them from samples to production.
On the other side of the country, in California, the west coast has its own way of doing things. LA happens to be the jean capital of the world. It is also a great source of manufacturing for t-shirts, dresses, pants and pajamas! I had yet to cover pajamas. So when I came across Los Angeles made Bed Head, I was excited at the opportunity to learn a little bit more about an LA made brand that was making something other than jeans.
Designer, Renee Claire, grew up in southern Ontario, Canada (just like my husband:)) She spent time in the cold winters sewing clothes for herself in the basement, honing her sense of color, pattern and cloth and dreaming of being a clothing designer, living the California lifestyle as seen in photographs and on television.
In 1981, after college, she headed to Los Angeles where she waited tables by night, while designing her dress and outerwear collection by day. In the late 90’s when public interest in dresses declined, Renee was delivering what she considered to possibly be, her last collection of dresses to a local retailer. While at the shop she saw a pair of pajamas in the window of the boutique and thought, “I could top that!”. After scouring the marketplace she quickly realized that the current pajama offerings lacked sophistication and fine tailoring. She quickly learned how to make her own colored and patterned cotton textiles and as a consequence, BedHead was born!
Within three years the company was producing over 50,000 pairs of pajamas, all locally cut and sewn, culminating today in over 70 jobs and counting. Today, BedHead is sold worldwide, at stores including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s, through the BedHead website, and at the BedHead stores in both West Hollywood and New York City.
The pjs are offered from season to season with an ever-changing variety of colors and patterns. For Spring 2013 they even happen to be offering a NYC graphic print design! Their selection of styles is broad and their fabrications range from stretch cotton knit, to cotton sateen and cotton voile. They are available for women, men and kids too, with a celebrity following including Jen Aniston, Kate Hudson and Oprah to name a few.
Happiness filled the air, when my children each found a pair of pajamas for themselves along with mine. A welcome surprise indeed. On a rare day off, we were all able to jump into our pjs earlier than usual to cuddle up and read. They absolutely loved their new pajamas and I was delighted with how wonderfully soft the cotton on theirs was.
Mine have a regal feel with grosgrain ribbon trim, both luxe and comfy!
I always like to point out whenever I learn of a company’s efforts to gives back and I know my reader does too! Bed Head does just that to more than one charity. Check out the below 2 links to purchase sleepwear from the site where a portion of the proceeds go direct to 2 great charitable organizations.
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