November 20, 2017

Our Mill

Ethically sourced craftsmanship

We went to the ends of the earth (literally!) to find a mill that would not only create the sheets we dreamed of but that also aligned with the IYLA philosophy. Why? Because we knew the most crucial step in creating bed sheets we were proud of was finding a mill that met our quality standards and ethics. After spending months getting to know the best factories around the world (including the ones that make your favourite designer labels), we found our perfect match: a fourth-generation family textile mill located in the Guimarães region of Northern Portugal.

What makes our mill so special

This world-renowned region has been weaving textiles since the 18th century meaning they are the true definition of experts, known for manufacturing the world’s finest bedding. Even better, by working directly with the best European factories we’re able to offer exceptional products at a lower cost compared with other premium retailers.

With a unique blend of respect for tradition, artisanal skill, new world technology and a passion for linen-making, there was no doubt in our minds that this mill stood out from the competition. They carefully select only the finest Egyptian cotton fibres and employ state-of-the-art spinning techniques. In addition, they rely on a team of experts who have been with the company for decades to ensure quality control at every stage of the process. In practicing an alchemy all their own, they transform the finest yarns into fabrics of a superb finish and feel, luxuriously soft to the touch. Most importantly, they value ethical trading and treating their employees well.

Our own quality + ethical standards

Before we’d even chosen our mill we had already set a standard for ourselves that would set us apart from our own competitors. We did this not for bragging rights but because we care about providing you with safe, high-quality products that last while ensuring our manufacturing process is 100% ethical.

IYLA sheet are

- Free of Harmful Chemicals

While other manufacturers often use harmful chemicals to make their sheets wrinkle free, our sheets are all OEKO-TEX® Certified, meaning fabric has been tested and certified to be free from chemicals known to be harmful to our health.

- Ethical Sourced

Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equality, so we work chose a mill that complies with The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

- Made with 100% Egyptian Cotton

Our sheets are only made with single ply long staple Egyptian Cotton, famous for creating stronger, finer yarns which feel beautiful on your skin and get softer with each wash.