The Mulberry West Story
by Lana Abrams, founder Mulberry West®
About five years ago I took a tour of Beijing and Shanghai, China. I stayed in four- and five-star hotels that had beautiful and comfortable silk-filled comforters on the beds. I took a tour of a silk factory to learn how these were made. I thought to myself that these would do well in the states with the right quality control and marketing.
Then, three years ago, I hit menopause. Like so many women, I suffered with hot flashes and night sweats. I searched for a lightweight yet cozy covering that I wouldn't have to keep throwing off and putting on again. I remembered the silk comforters in China, so I ordered one online. I was disappointed in the quality of the silk filling and the outer shell. It was then that I decided to design my own line of luxurious yet affordable bedding that I would name Mulberry West.
I did extensive research and got samples from several Chinese manufacturers. So many samples had lower grade silk than advertised or even contained polyester. Many were packaged in toxic plastic that contained BHP and PVC.
I wanted to offer a premium product that I could be proud of. This led me to hand-sourcing the highest quality mulberry silk available and 300-thread count unbleached polished cotton. I designed the Mulberry West packaging to be handy carrying cases made out of 100% recyclable non-woven material with side-gussets for viewing. Then I had Intertek, an international inspection company certify the Grade A mulberry silk, unbleached polished cotton and packaging for purity — no formaldehyde, bleach or lead. We are committed to the utmost ethical and reputable manufacturing processes.