It’s not usual that your man gets so excited about sheets – more normally about what goes on in them rather than how well they go with the curtains. But when my fiancé got home and went into the bedroom to find Saint Atma‘s hand-dyed sheets waiting there, he let out a yelp of delight.*
Jess Bergeron, the Brooklyn designer behind Saint Atma, says that about 70% of her customers are men. Which surprised me. It’s not like the pillows and bedding looks especially fit for a bachelor pad. Plus, there are shirt dresses, wide-leg silk pants, kimonos, a fabulous romper, and distressed sweaters, all artfully dyed in rich, earthy tones reminiscent of clay and the ocean at midnight.
Everything is made to order in Brooklyn using low-impact dyes. “The dyes work with 100s – 100% cottons and 100% silks,” Bergeron says. “That’s what I like to stick to working with fabric wise.” You see 300-thread-count Percale cotton, crepe de chine, and raw silk, treated with ice dyeing, hand painting, and classic shibori techniques, which is a Japanese technique of elaborate folding.
Bergeron wouldn’t share where her fabrics or sheets are milled and sewn, preferring to leave it at “imported,” but right now she and her husband (who is part of the business and helps her realize her creative vision) are working with a group in Bolivia to develop fair trade knit pillows for this spring or summer.
After putting the duvet cover and shams on our bed, I found the quality and handfeel to be reminiscent of high-end cotton sheets. Plus, it made our bedroom a little less girly and more subversive.
“We want to focus on those who really want to stay in their home, whether it’s a guy or girl, who wants a beautiful atmosphere to hang out in,” Bergeron says. “The athleisure crowd; we’re focused on the leisure portion.”
*I got these sheets free to review.