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STYLE Q&A: Maison Tess aims to offer better bedding

The Montreal-based brand Maison Tess aims to create bedding that does better. - Handout

Does your bedding do better? Not just for your sleep cycle, but also for the planet?

It’s a question more people — and brands — seem to be asking themselves as new options pop up featuring organic textiles and fair manufacturing process. It’s yet another way to explore the movement of conscious consumption — while also adding cool items to your home.

The Montreal-based brand Maison Tess is one company attempting to do its part to offer bedding that’s, well, better. The products, which are Oeko Tex organic certified, according to the brand, are crafted from hypoallergenic linen and cotton that is part of the Better Cotton Initiative, an NGO that aims for sustainable and environmentally effective ways to deal with cotton.

We caught up with Laura Nezri, the founder of Maison Tess, to learn more.


Q. For those who aren’t familiar, what is Maison Tess?

A. Maison Tess is an online home linen brand. We sell premium bedding made in Portugal and sold via our website.

Q. What makes it different from other bedding brands?

A. At Maison Tess, we believe that your home should reflect your true self. Therefore, you shouldn’t have to compromise style for comfort. Just like your personal style, we want your rooms to come to life as an extension of your personality and your lifestyle. Our products become a part of your reality as they let you embrace the practicality that lies in the beauty of the mess. Your home should be a reflection of who you are — no filter needed.

Q. Who is your target customer?

A. Our products are designed and developed for the couples and families of today. We are most definitely a brand that predominantly attracts a female customer who is fashion-forward and trend savvy.

Q. What’s new for the spring season?

A. You should expect a new colour coming in May. We work on two types of colours: basics and seasonal. The seasonal ones are colours that are on trend, available on a season-based approach, and that compliment the basic colour palette.

Q. What more can you share about where the pieces are designed/made?

A. Our manufacturer is family owned, fourth generation, has the oldest mill in the area, and they specialized in small-to-medium production. So, no mass production and less waste. I made my way there and I was blown away. These employees were artists, all of them. You can see the trans-generational work being applied on each product. These amazing women weaving the product, looking at them one by one to make sure the that quality control was met. Real authentic craftsmanship!

I loved the fact that each Tess product is dyed specifically for us. I am the one who does the research before each collection and I determine the colours I think will be on trend for the following season, based on fashion trends. Once that work is done, I send them my colours and they get back to me with samples of colours in all our fabrics. Once approved, it is produced and received in our Montreal office.

Q. What is the price range for Maison Tess bedding?

A. Our prices start at $50 up to $515.

Q. Where can people check them out?

A. Online at maisontess.com.

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