Vision Statement

To awaken the spirit of American manufacturing by fashioning sewn textiles. Crafting products to help people feel better, creating jobs to help people work better, building communities to help people live better.
 

History

Matthew Lenoci founded MATTEO in 1996 to create simple sheets from the most luxurious textiles in the world.

We sew right here in Los Angeles in a large workshop adjacent to our design studio. The constant circulation between design & production yields a fertile creative environment and unparalleled quality control.

Our linens are exclusively distributed by the finest specialty stores and interior designers. The full range of the MATTEO collection can be found at our Factory Store in Los Angeles.

Philosophy

In order to create a completely unique sleeping experience we make our sheets from the most luxurious fabrics on the market. We weave with leading fabric mills from all around the world where the collective wisdom of centuries is combined with cutting-edge technology.

We have often been asked, "Can you run your machines faster?" The answer is that we probably could, but we proudly do not. We believe in quality over quantity. We choose to sew slower with more stitches per inch, and to hand inspect every single sheet we produce. This is our way of assuring that all of our sheets are of the highest quality.

 

Garment Dyeing

We are one of very few bed linen companies that use this modern dyeing technology.  With garment dyeing, we cut and sew the fabric first and then dye the finished products after they are already sewn.

There are a number of advantages to garment dyeing including a more vintage washed look, the ability to offer more colors because of lower dyeing minimums, and softer fabric hand-feel.  However, there is the shade variation of +/- 10% from dye-lot to dye-lot.  What does this mean?  It means that bed linens dyed in one of our colors today will be a slightly different shade than bed linens dyed in the same color tomorrow.  All of us at MATTEO sleep on our sheets and we notice that after a few home washing and once the linens are on our bed, we really cannot tell the difference between two pillowcases or shams from different lots or even two sheets from different lots.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the greatest appeal of garment-dyeing is that in fact each and every product is unique and different than anyone else’s. We are very proud of being the industry leader in garment-dyed bed linens and intend to use this existing technology to better serve you for many years to come.

OUR DYEING PROCESS - All MATTEO products are garment-dyed TO ORDER right here in Los Angeles. We cut, sew, dye and pack every order individually. We use local dye-houses that use “low-impact” eco-friendly dyes.

There are 3 basic types of dyeing. The color is bonded either physically or chemically to the fabric for us to see. What we see is that which is reflected from the fabric rather than what is absorbed.

PIGMENT

  • The color is pasted onto the fabric through a physical bonding agent or glue
  • The color eventually rubs off
  • Pigment-dyed garments tend to be less colorfast. The pigment dye is a layer on the surface of a textile; therefore fading is imminent.

REACTIVE

  • The color is chemically bonded to the fabric
  • The color will fade if bleached
  • The color will fade when exposed to direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. For example, sunlight reflected through a window can fade the color of sheeting over time.

VAT

  • A complex dyeing process that creates a strong chemical bond that is very resilient and difficult to remove
  • Resistant to bleach and sunlight

Here at MATTEO, we use the REACTIVE process for dyeing and printing all of our fabrics. We do this because the VAT process of dyeing does not allow re-dyeing which is often necessary to produce our MATTEO colors.

To maintain the color of sheeting, we recommend not using bleach and to avoid exposing them to intense and continual sunlight.

We also use YARN-DYEING. This is the process of dyeing our yarns and threads with VAT dyes BEFORE weaving the fabric. We use yarn-dyeing for our Red Tick and Black Tick fabrics. This process is also used for hotel orders to ensure the threads do not run and fade when bleached.

 

Fabric Care

Instructions for the proper care of MATTEO fabrics can be found here