The Great Sleep bedtime storyOnce upon a time, Rob George and Wendy McPhail were discussing how good it is to have a great night’s sleep. They both reckoned that really nice sheets made a big difference to the whole sleeping experience, but they also agreed that finding those really nice sheets at an affordable price wasn’t easy. And that’s why they decided to start the Great Sleep company.
A quest to find the best (but still affordable) sheets on the planet
Rob and Wendy got busy with textile research. Their goal was to source high quality sheeting fabrics that are affordable, made from natural fibres, environmentally responsible and luxuriously sumptuous to touch. During their quest, they learned about thread counts, sustainability and a fabric called Tencel cotton, which ticked all their boxes. More about Tencel cotton.
Before long they met a global agent who would make the Great Sleep company possible. His company specialises in sourcing fabric from the best mills across the globe and negotiating sharp prices. Rob and Wendy have become great mates with their agent; they’ve met his family, enjoyed meals together and shared jokes about impossibly-high thread counts (which by the way, can be fake news).
A supply chain built on simplicity and trustWith their agent’s help, Great Sleep are able to order bespoke products direct from the manufacturers and use a trusted freight forwarder to ship their goods. Having simple, short supply lines is the key to consistent supply of beautiful products that are fast becoming a legend in their own bedtime. When Great Sleep shipments arrive in New Zealand, they’re stored at a warehouse in Auckland that’s a Kiwi owned company. The relationship with these people and company extends for more than 20 years, so this is another example of how personal trust and long-term relationships form the foundation for a good business.
The highest levels of sustainabilityGreat Sleep only sources products from manufacturers that utilise sustainable processes, including minimisation of plastics and biodegradable packaging. Normal waste Fabric that’s trimmed off during the manufacturing process is used to make packaging that doubles as a convenient storage bag for your Great Sleep Tencel Cotton sheets.
Little extras give our sheets an edge
From the start, Rob and Wendy were keen to ensure their sheets more than measure up to the competition. For a start, Great Sleep sheets are slightly oversized, so they stay tucked in. Secondly, the fitted sheets have an extra row of elastic, another feature that ensures there’s no untucking going on while you’re away in the land of nod. Thirdly, there are labels on the sheets that identify the long side and the short side, to eliminate frustration when you’re making the bed.
New software of the textile kind
Recently, the Great Sleep product range expanded to include alpaca and mohair products that are made in New Zealand. These deliciously-soft throws add a touch of lux to your bed ensemble, inviting you to curl up with your cat for an invigorating power nap. We’ll continue to add to our range, as we find other exceptional examples of bed and home textile couture.