FOF Nancy Morgan is giving away the bestselling “Sophie Wrap,” from her clothing line, Yala. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Do you wear clothing that shows your upper arms?
In 1997, FOF Nancy Morgan and her husband, Larry, were teaching English and traveling in Asia, all while raising their six-year-old daughter Chelsea. The trio would sleep on beds without sheets or even the ground as they trekked. One night, they thought to stitch together two sheets, creating a sort of sack to sleep in. Their first product, the “Dreamsack” was born. They built an entire brand around the beloved “Dreamsack” and over the years have expanded to sheets, pajamas, wraps and more. Here, we chat with Nancy about her line of super-soft, easy-wearing, clothing and linens.
Where is your business based?
Ashland, Oregon. But we go to China, where our manufacturers are, at least twice a year. We believe in not only fair trade, but exceptional trade. We work with smaller co-op factories–we’ve visited them all and know the people there.
You started with the “Dreamsack”–how did you transition to clothing?
Our customers loved it and asked ‘What else do you make like this?’ They requested pajamas and bathrobes, so in 1999 we started to expand the line.
What does “Yala” mean?
We wanted a name that has a global feel. We found that the word can be found on almost every continent–its a river in Africa, a region in Thailand, and in Hebrew and Arabic it means ‘Let’s go.’
What materials do you use?
We started with silk and added bamboo fabric. The bamboo fabric feels really cool against your skin. We are also adding organic cotton to our line.
Who is the designer?
In the beginning, I was the designer, but in the last couple of years my daughter has joined the business and really likes the designing part.
Working with a family business–best thing ever or biggest challenge ever?
It’s wonderful, and it’s a challenge. Ashland is a really small town, so my daughter moved to Portland. It works well, because she can be in the community she chooses and we are still in close contact electronically.
Why will FOFs love your line?
As women over fifty, we want to be comfortable and to feel good too. We also like caring about our environment.
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