I love my sleep, and jet-lag can be a bitch, especially if you’re on the go all the time. But one of the best nights sleep I’ve ever had on my travels was at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto – there was something so incredibly luxurious and caressing about the linen at the hotel that meant I slept like a baby, despite being thousands of miles from my own bed.
So today, I’m going to share a little known hotelier secret. The Ritz Carlton Kyoto (and many other of its properties in the brand), just like the 500 other luxury properties worldwide, all use a brand of bed linen called Frette, road tested by the best General Managers across the world and decided a firm favourite. From the Beverly Hills, to Bulgari London, to Claridges all the way to my contemporary ryokan in the ancient Japanese city, the fine bed linen is provided by this Italian maker.
Keen to relive this moment of cuddle-like slumber, I checked the company out, thinking that perhaps I could do some kind of special order, but it turns out that they’ve got actually got a consumer range called Frette Hotel, a complete collection of simple, elegant bed and bath linen designed to bring that very comfort from your luxury hotel into your homes, yachts and private jets – and with a new, colourful range coming out for AW16/17 there’s something to match any interior design palette, however eclectic.
Frette has been making linen since 1860, from its hubs in Monza and Milan (of course). With a heritage of only using the finest fibres, matched with a real eye for design and the needs of luxury sleepers, there’s no wonder that it is lauded as one of the world’s best linen makers – and besides bed-ware, Frette fabrics are found everywhere from the altar of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, to the dining car of the Orient Express and in most royal palaces the world over.