Chicago, IL and online
The Super-Luxury bedding brand Frette has a boutique in Chicago.
Located in the Gold Coast, naturally, it shows off the fine linens in style. Thread counts are high and so are prices (actually, astronomical), but we have to admit that we are curious. Everyone we know who is a Frette fan swears that they are worth the cost and seems to have signed on for life as a customer.
Since it's inception in France in 1860 (the mills were in in Italy, as is the entire company today) , they have made linens for luxury hotels and spas; they are a familiar name in the hospitality industry in addition to regular retail customers.
We haven't shopped there ourselves but found a rave review of the Chicago shop on Yelp:
Design G. says,"I confess. I am a linen whore. I have a problem and I am not seeking help anytime soon. That being said, I know where and how to spend my dollars or euros if I happen to be in Italy or France looking for some fine threads. I know Frette is a chain of sorts (management has changed hands a billion times and their hotel line is even at Linens and Things... what the heck?) but I am reviewing it because I love their Chicago store. NYC, blah and completely unhelpful-- so I would venture to Pratesi or Casa del Bianco if I was in the mood to spend-- but Frette's Chicago staff is amazing. They aren't pretentious, they value you as a customer and make the shopping experience great. If you want a one-time indulgence or wheteher you are on their list because you indulge to much-- this is the place to go for fine linens in town."
So if you are in the market for very lovely, very expensive sheets, Frette in Chicago should be on your list. Price and style previews can be had by checking out the online shop.