Have Restoration Hardware Linen Sheets Always Been Made in China?

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Q: Hi. I have been on a month-long quest for sheets. I researched everything and decided on linen. I then decided on Restoration Hardware because of a combination of color, style, price point, recommendations, etc. On the RH website for linens, it proudly, in large letters, states that the finest linens are Made in Italy. When I click on the Belgian satin stitch, it tells me "100% linen woven from Belgian flax." Says that the sheets are imported, but, any sheets from Italy would be. I received the sheets and see that they are MADE IN CHINA!! Was I duped? Did I not research properly?

In hindsight, yes, it is odd that they are from Belgian flax — why not use Italian flax if your sheets are made in Italy? And, if I look at the detail on their Italian cotton sheets, it does say made in Italy, but I didn't pay much attention to those because I had decided on linen. The whole presentation seems carefully crafted to cover up that they are made in China.

Anyway, I did some research on Apartment Therapy and saw recommendations for RH linen sheets. I was wondering if it was widely known that they were made in China. Is this a recent change? Knowing the hot debate that arises on your site regarding linens, and, to a lesser extent, RH, I thought this might be of interest to others. I certainly feel duped paying $250 for sheets made in China — they are monogrammed, so not returnable, so we will see how they hold up.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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