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French Quarter Linens Talks Bedding Preferences in Portland

French Quarter Linens Talks Bedding Preferences in Portland

Matouk Nocturne bedding was an early favorite at French Quarter Linens.

French Quarter Linens, which began as a small boutique on the Eastside of Portland, Oregon in 1995 is now located in the Pearl District, a former warehouse district that’s now home to some of the city’s best restaurants, breweries, design and fashion boutiques, coffee shops, lofts, and luxury condos here too. The urban feel and walkable neighborhood make one of our favorite spots for selling Matouk linens. We spoke with the folks behind the shop for insight into what Portland natives love in bedding.  

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French Quarter Linens occupies the Speedometer Building in Portland, Oregon.

How would you describe your store?
We are located in the Speedometer Building, which was previously a speedometer repair shop that had an open floor plan and lots of windows and skylights. We have seven display beds and an extremely large library of boudoir pillows—it’s how we sample our fabrics—that line the walls. We layer beautiful textiles with elements of antique furniture that temper the industrial aspects of the space. Luxury linens can be intimidating to even the most sophisticated customer, so this approach ideally helps put customers at ease. We strive to represent the finest home textiles on the planet and specialize in putting together customized selections for projects of all scales or styles. Our staff here at French Quarter is extremely knowledgeable and has built a faithful clientele. Luckily we have become the go-to resource in Portland for fine bed, bath, and table linens.

When did your relationship with Matouk begin?
Almost ten years ago! We love working such an organized, coordinated company. Many of our customers also love the fact that many items are made in the U.S. and that there are so many color choices.

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Customers appreciate the unique embroidery pattern of Liana and the classic style of Lowell. 

What Matouk items did you first carry?
The foundation of our Matouk business has always been the classic staples: Nocturne and Lowell.

What are you favorite and bestselling Matouk products?
Again, Nocturne and Lowell! Nocturne’s saturated colors are always popular; particularly Pacific, Coral, and Leaf. Portland has really embraced the trend for texture and linen. We’re finding that Terra, Jasper, and Alto are getting a lot of attention. The unusual design of the Liana embroidery has also been getting lots of positive feedback.

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Customers in Portland love texture; Matouk’s Jasper and Alto styles fit the bill.

What does the Portland customer likes in terms of bedding colors and styles?
It may be surprising, but Portland customers are adventurous and appreciate even the most sophisticated textiles. In that spirit, jacquards always do well here. Texture, texture, texture, and color, color, color! Our customers love the tactile and visual qualities of textural fabrics—cotton woven in novel ways, linen, silk, and wool. We have always done well with jacquards in dynamic patterns. White, Ivory, and natural neutrals are always top sellers. However, Portlanders are drawn to saturated color, such as greys in all tones and rich colors like persimmon and deep blues, and lately a lot of purples.

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Matouk bedding designer Lulu DK’s metallic jewelry tattoos have been wildly popular since she introduced them last year.

What are the hot, new items beyond towels and bedding available at French Quarter Linens? 
Lulu DK metallic tattoos for one! We also sell beautiful handmade fine jewelry, tabletop, loungewear, and we’ve just added furniture by John Derian.

What are some of your other favorite places to shop, eat, and see in the neighborhood?
For coffee, you can’t beat Barista where friendly hipster coffee enthusiasts create coffee art for you. Portland landmark Powell’s Books, an independently owned bookstore that takes up an entire city block, is nearby. We love Oven and Shaker’s amazing artisanal pizza. You can’t beat Oblation Papers and Press for lovely and creative stationary and paper goods. Jamison Park is nearby, where locals can let their dogs and children frolic in the unusual fountain.