Ortolan Organic, a lifestyle brand of luxury textiles based in New York City, was started by Ohio native Bethany Mallett. Inspired by the small towns, dirt roads, and rolling fields of her childhood, she uses totally organic materials and processes to create simple yet elegant products that highlight each design's natural properties. Now based in New York, Bethany focuses on environmentally sound alternatives to New York's often fast-paced fashion industry.
Bethany is not alone in her pursuit. Teaming up with her sister Jenna Mallett, Bethany focuses on the design aspects while Jenna creates nature-inspired and nautical illustrations that embellish many of the products. Designs include napkins, pillows, mirrors, blankets, tea towels and place mats. Materials range from organic hemp and cotton to Tencel and vintage materials. All materials, besides the 100% Fair Trade Kapok used to fill the pillows, are sourced domestically, and the majority of products are assembled locally in New York City.
Stories form an important part of the design process and manifest themselves in various ways. The limited edition handmade barn wood mirrors reflect a personal history: they are made from reclaimed cedar from the family’s farm in Ohio. The Hook Pillow was also inspired by family ties. The illustration is an ode to Bethany and Jenna’s dad, Ed, and all their family fishing trips over the years. On a lighter note, the organic cotton, hand printed Snail Napkins add a twist of humor to the line. A celebration of the slow food movement, the illustration also pays homage to the French for introducing Escargot to our pallet.
To view the full line of products, be sure to visit the Ortolan Organic website. Several of the products are one-of-a-kind as they are made from limited quantities of vintage fabrics so be sure to take a look before they’re gone!
Images courtesy of Ortolan Organic