Time for bed

With the clocks go­ing back next week­end, make your ex­tra hour in bed a lit­tle cosier

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - The Cut // House Style - Jes­sica Doyle

LATE OC­TO­BER IS a time for hi­ber­na­tion. If you’re lucky, when the clocks go back next week­end, you’ll be spend­ing your ex­tra hour in bed – in­deed, The Sleep Coun­cil has named Sun­day 28 Oc­to­ber Na­tional Sleep In Day – so it’s as good a time as any to make sure your bed linen is up to the mark.

Lan­cashire-based com­pany Peter Reed pro­duces beau­ti­ful high-thread­count cot­ton bed­ding, and has re­cently launched a new col­lec­tion called Al­bion, cur­rently avail­able ex­clu­sively at Har­rods. The range uses Supima cot­ton, which is wo­ven and fin­ished in Manch­ester by English Fine Cot­tons. The coun­try’s only cot­ton spin­ner re­opened two years ago in a bid to bring cot­ton man­u­fac­tur­ing back to the UK. The bed­ding comes with a choice of coloured cord­ing and cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, so prices are at the high end – £165 for a pil­low­case – but it is the only bed­ding made from cot­ton wo­ven in Eng­land.

Also at Har­rods, Frette re­cently launched Style of Liv­ing, a col­lec­tion of bed­ding and throws, from £85, that are specif­i­cally de­signed to be mixed and matched, so you can up­date the look of your bed­room with­out hav­ing to buy a whole new set of linens.

Of the new and rather more ac­ces­si­ble brands on the block, Ur­ban Col­lec­tive, launched by US brand Lex­ing­ton, uses re­cy­cled wool and or­ganic bam­boo and cot­ton to make in­cred­i­bly soft bed linen (from £21.99 for a pil­low­case) and throws in a muted – and yes, some­what ur­ban – pal­ette of dusky lilacs, olive greens and greys. It also com­mis­sions emerg­ing de­sign­ers: the first col­lab­o­ra­tion, with New York-based Raul Mag­daleno, fea­tures a mo­tif based on tat­toos and graf­fiti he spot­ted in Brook­lyn neigh­bour­hood Wil­liams­burg.

An­other new­comer, Un­der­cover, which also prides it­self on its eco cre­den­tials, is pro­duc­ing linens made from cot­ton and Ten­cel, a soft, breath­able and sus­tain­ably pro­duced yarn made from plants such as eu­ca­lyp­tus. There are no plain white sheets here: bed­ding comes in char­coal, pale peach, Hock­ney blue or a black-and-white, Ter­razzo-style spot­ted de­sign, with the op­tion of re­versible linens that al­low you to change up the look with a sim­ple flip of a pil­low.

Above Al­bion bed linen, from £165, Peter Reed (har­rods.com).Right Lido cot­ton du­vet set, £200, Un­der­cover (un­der­cov­er­liv­ing.com)

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