For over a century, Pratesi linens have dressed the beds of the world’s rich and famous. From Ernest Hemingway to Elizabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel, the family owned company has built a dedicated and legendary clientele due to the impeccable quality of its linens. Today the luxury linen maker is run by the fourth generation, overseen by Federico Pratesi, with whom our colleagues at Luxury Portfolio International had the opportunity to discuss the history of the family business. The interview is part of the just-released fall/winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, Dallas-Fort Worth’s leading luxury-home publication.
LP: Pratesi has had its fair share of high-profile clients – have you had any particularly memorable experiences with one of your well-known clients that you could share?
FP: I remember walking down Madison Avenue with my father and we were stopped by an eccentric gentleman who loved my father’s orange Casentino coat. Neither my father nor I spoke English at that time, so we didn’t understand. After a cappuccino at Sant Ambreous, we went back to our shop and happened to meet the same character, but this time we were properly introduced by our store manager. It was then we realized he was Mr. Andy Warhol, an aficionado of Pratesi. After thanking him for being a fan, my father had an identical Casentino coat with the same notched fox collar made for him. As a thank you, Mr. Warhol gifted the painting “Stardust Shoes” to our family. It still hangs in our dining room.
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