Cariloha’s ultra-plush, luxuriously soft bathrobes made from eco-friendly bamboo were spotlighted in The Strategist section of NY Magazine. Check out what they had to say about the best bathrobes in today’s marketplace:
What’s the Best Bathrobe?
By Amanda Fitzsimons
If you wear a bathrobe, then you know that few things are more comforting than waking up with a robe on, and nothing’s cozier than slipping into one at the end of the day. It’s also probably the garment on your body most often, which means it’s worth knowing which brands are making the best versions — not an easy feat when there’s a variety of different weaves (flannel, terry, velour, waffle) and a surprisingly wide range of cuts (shawl collar, kimono, hooded) to choose from. So we asked a few women who would know, including spa owners and staffers, and makers of bath products and apparel.
The best classic robe
Frette Milano Terry Bathrobe
Frette is technically a textiles company, but it’s more accurate to call it a luxury company. Founded in France in the 1800s and currently operating out of Italy, Frette makes high-end sheets, towels, and crucially, bathrobes. These are the kinds of soft, oversize robes that swaddle you. They can run up to $500, but that’s not necessary: Dinah Cooke, who directs social media for the Joanna Vargas spa in New York and Los Angeles, swears by her simple shawl-collar Frette. “I’m absolutely in love with mine. It’s luxurious yet simple,” she says. “I wear it after taking a long bath or while I’m sheet-masking.”
The best thick bamboo robe
Cariloha Ultra-Plush Bamboo Robe
If you’ve seen or heard of bamboo robes, it might be because of Cariloha, the other brand currently making plush, thicker robes out of bamboo. Cariloha also makes sheet and T-shirts and other homewares, but this robe feels like the most luxurious way to wear its bamboo.
The best organic robe
Coyuchi Relaxed Linen Robe
Since founding Pursoma, a line of fancy bath soaks, Shannon Vaughn has become one of the leaders of the bath-evangelist movement. “I consider it the most sacred part of the day,” says Vaughn, who’s adding robes to her product line in the fall. In the meantime, she’s a fan of the heavyweight washed-linen robe from Northern California–based Coyuchi, which also makes organic sheets. For Vaughn, the brand’s commitment to organic products is the main draw. “I want everything that touches my skin to be as close to nature as possible,” she says. After a soak, Vaughn recommends wrapping yourself in one for 30 minutes, then promptly heading straight to bed. “You’ll sleep like a baby,” she says.
The best robe with a hood
Hanro Terry Long Hooded Robe
The 130-year-old Swiss company Hanro is mostly known for its second-skin underwear (Strat has written about Hanro’s long underwear before), but also makes buttery-soft bathrobes made from a cotton-poly blend. These are one of the brand’s better-kept secrets. Melody McCloskey, founder of spa booking service StyleSeat, recommends this one and says “it makes you feel like you’re wrapped up in a cloud.”
Hanro Cotton Robe
Hanro also makes some classic robe styles with shawl collars instead of the hood.
The best kimono
Susannah Cotton Kimono
Jane Diokas, co-owner of bath product line Jane, Inc., stocks up on cotton kimono robes from Etsy shop Susana, Inc. “Perhaps because we live across the Bay from San Francisco, we’ve been inspired by Japanese design,” Diokas says. “I like kimonos and yukatas because they’re elegant while still being comfortable and washable. You won’t mind getting caught in your robe while wearing one.”
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