As the folks behind Au Lit Fine Linens point out, we spend about a third of our life in bed. And if we're going to spend all that time in one place, we may as well spend it wrapped up in high quality bedding. At Au Lit it's all about the 100% Egyptian cotton woven in Europe and then crafted in Canada.
Name/Title: Joanna Goodman, owner
Open date: My mother, Peggy Byron, opened the first Au Lit Fine Linens in 1981. My husband, Miguel Cardinal, and I joined the family business in 2002.
Inspiration for opening: After visiting Europe, Peggy became passionate about bringing pure cotton sheets to North America. At that time, you could really only find polyester and she felt everyone should know what it’s like to sleep in beautiful cotton sheets.
Merchandise source: Almost all of our linens are sourced in Italy, occasionally from Portugal, and then sewn at our atelier in Canada. We often design our own original collections or source exclusive designs. We also carry some American brands such as Area, Dwell, Sferra, Matouk, Bella Notte.
Best selling item: It’s almost impossible to pick one best seller, but there's nothing like a set of classic white sheets. Our top 2 sellers are the 220 and 410 thread count white percales.
Your favorite item: My favorite item for pure comfort and the ultimate sleep is our 410 white percale. It’s exquisite, and even more so after a few washes. Everyone should have at least one set of authentic quality white cotton sheets.
Favorite store (other than your own): ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.
- Founded: 1981
- Founded by: Peggy Byron
- Headquarters: Toronto, ON
Au Lit Fine Linens is a family business, owned by mother-daughter team Peggy Byron and Joanna Goodman. We've been changing the way people sleep for more than thirty years, using 100% Egyptian cotton woven in Europe to make our linens right here in Canada. We've built our reputation on the breadth of custom work we offer and on our team of experts who are as passionate about changing the way people sleep as we are.