Come the holiday season (which is right now, FYI), there’s nothing like the blessing of Oprah’s Favourite Things for a brand, especially a small one. So when Alexandra Suhner-Isenberg found out her Vancouver-based sleepwear company, The Sleep Shirt, made the 2017 cut, she was ecstatic.
“She’s such an influential figure, and there hasn’t been a single person who hasn’t been like ‘oh my god’ when we tell them the news,” Suhner-Isenberg told us. “To be recognized by such a major person and influencer is so great.”
Suhner-Isenberg founded The Sleep Shirt in 2012 and based her first design on a 19th-century chemise she found in a London market. All of her shirts are meant for sleeping, but she can also thank the enduring sleepwear trend for making them daytime-appropriate and bringing her designs into the spotlight.
“We did a desk side with one of [Oprah’s] editors, and she ended up getting one of our night shirts and wearing it into the office,” Suhner-Isenberg explained. The editor paired her blue oxford stripe sleep shirt with sandals and a gold cuff, and Oprah thought it “looked terrific.” The rest is history.
So if you want an effortlessly chic, Canadian-made gift for basically anyone on your list this year (the unisex sleepwear comes in both petite and plus), snag the short sleep shirt or the full-length ASAP and be sure to let them know it’s Oprah-approved.
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