Sisters create sleepwear line

Published 7:27 pm Monday, November 22, 2021

A pair of Suffolk sisters have started their own, unique sleepwear line for women.

Donna Taylor and Deborah Taylor have been getting their company and products off the ground for more than two years, and they now have a website selling products and are gearing up for the holiday season.

“You want something that’s comfortable and attractive,” Donna said. “People that have purchased love the feel of the fabric, and they like the way the sleepwear makes them feel.”

The sisters, originally from New Jersey, moved to Suffolk to be closer to family and live together, and they both work from home in the corporate world; Donna for a credit card processing company and Deborah for a pharmaceutical company.

Donna said she got the idea from Deborah, who commented on her sleepwear one night.

“We’re African American, and part of our hair care routine has always been to protect our hair when we sleep,” Taylor said. “My sister commented on what I had on, which was a nightgown and a bonnet that didn’t match. It was not something you necessarily want to be seen in, in or out of the house.”

Donna, a U.S. Army veteran, said it can be hard to find comfortable, attractive sleepwear, especially as women age.

“It’s important to be comfortable,” she said. “We’re both of a certain age, so it can’t be too hot, can’t be too cold.

“I started looking for alternatives, so I thought, ‘Let me create my own.’”

Donna enjoys sewing, so she began experimenting with designs and fabric. She has created all of the designs for the sleepwear, and the manufacturing now is being done by a company with a long history in the business.

“It was a lot to learn as far as figuring out measurements and fabric and terminology, and then basically doing all of that while we were still working full-time and caring for my mom and daughter,” Donna said. “The process may not have been as long if we could’ve done it full-time, but we’re OK. We’re happy with the journey.”

On the other hand, Donna said the fun part has been coming up with their own designs.

The company sells nightgowns, pajama short sets and pajama pants sets, all with matching, satin-lined bonnets. Robes and onesies are coming soon.

Donna said she has been surprised to get comments from the partners of some customers.

“The men loved the look, and their significant other wears the bonnet and they love seeing the coordination,” Donna said.

The website features sizes up to a 3X to be inclusive to as many women as possible.

Visit www.sleepsassy.com to see the collection.