My brother Dylan and I truly love owning & operating TMASC. We like people, we are passionate about sleep and its importance to health and general psychological and physiological well being. As a natural extension of this we are passionate about sleep products and their form and function. Once or twice a year there will be a necessary trade show or visit to a supplier of ours to make sure we are doing our absolute best in providing access to the most comfortable mattresses and bedding in our stores. This last year we extended our travels a little further and broader, in January 2018 we made a trip to two of the largest trade shows in Europe, Heimtextil in Frankfurt where all manner of fabrics from all over the globe are on display from many different manufacturers, and the imm-Cologne Furniture fair in Cologne.
Now that we have stores in Edmonton and Calgary we don’t always get to spend our full days at work together, so traveling is always a wonderful thing for the two of us, who while always close we get to really spend time together. It’s always personal but that also includes business, as it is so ingrained in each of us that it cannot easily be separated from who we are. Its an extension of who we are. Our trip to Frankfurt was very well worth the time that we spent there. Like typical men on a mission, we can generally get in and out of a show pretty quickly. This time we wandered a little farther and longer than we typically do on the off chance that we would find something valuable, and typically that’s just how life is, finding things of value where you least expect it, or least want to look. That’s one of the best things about traveling to a big show, you have no excuse not to spend as much time at the show during the day as possible.
At Heimtextil we got a wonderful education from Pierre Brun from Brun de Vian Tiran and got to see most all of their collection in person, our meeting culminated in an easy decision to expand our line with their incredible Camargue Antique Merino blankets, pillows, duvets and mattress topper.
One of our last visits of the day in Heimtex was a unique company from Germany, Formesse. We were immediately impressed by their unique product offering. Most of what this company is well known for is making the best quality jersey cotton fitted sheets in the world. Exceptionally stretchy, soft, breathable, they do not wrinkle or pill. They might just be the most functional and best overall fitted sheet. Our number one mattress supplier Berkeley Ergonomics uses a wonderful knitted cotton fabric for their mattresses and woven fabrics used as fitted sheets can remove some of the surface comfort as they tend to be stiffer and less stretchy than knitted fabrics like jersey cotton. It was a no-brainer for us to bring these wonderful fitted sheets into our stores with the goal of helping people sleep as well as possible. It’s truly great when products from different suppliers we carry end up working in a synergistic fashion together.
A couple more photos from the rest of our trip that were not business related 🙂