After seeing a 19th-century cotton chemise at a vintage menswear stall in London’s Spitalfields Market, Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, a Central Saint Martins graduate, was hooked on the product and, in 2012, started her made-in-Canada sleepwear label, the Sleep Shirt. At the core of the label is an elegantly simple unisex Long and Short Sleep Shirt, in a blue Oxford stripe of 100 per cent Japanese cotton. With a couple of seasons under her belt, Isenberg is expanding the range, and for fall/winter 2014, the Sleep Shirt will include nightshirts and nighties to pyjama and camisole sets. “It’s the kind of nightwear you can walk around the house in and not feel exposed,” says the designer. It’s time to do away with the old T-shirt.
Photos by Jennilee Marigomen.