November 30, 2022 by Arden Montgomery
How I Argaux: Entertaining, Dining and Design with Atelier Saucier
Tell us about yourself and Atelier Saucier! Please introduce yourself and the brand to the Argaux community.
Hi! Nikki + Staci here from ATELIER SAUCIER. We are best friends + business partners both living in Los Angeles (Venice to be exact), just down the road from our Culver City HQ. ATELIER SAUCIER is a modern tabletop design house for sustainable + customizable linens. With backgrounds in the food + fashion industries, we set out to combine our varied experiences and shared passion for hosting; and introduce a fresh, elevated perspective to all things table linens. ATELIER SAUCIER is where entertaining, dining and design intersect. Our modern ‘kins (our affectionate name for napkins), placemats, tea towels + more are as unique as the RSVP list you cultivate.
How did the concept for Atelier Saucier come about?
We first met through mutual friends at a famous Los Angeles concert venue, The Troubadour. During the pre-show they played a Robyn song (Dancing On My Own) and we danced our hearts out and knew there was something special between us. We soon learned that we both shared an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for design + entertaining. We spent years dreaming up ways in which we could marry our professional backgrounds (food + fashion). Nikki was working on a restaurant project that requested elevated, modern, sustainable table linens. She searched high + low and couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. Staci suggested that we create them ourselves, sourcing the textiles locally and tapping into her fashion industry contacts to produce them in Los Angeles – and ATELIER SAUCIER was born!
What differentiates Atelier Saucier from other linen brands?
All of our linens are made from sustainably-sourced and repurposed textiles. We hand-pick surplus, premium fabrics so that no two styles of linens are alike. We love working with unique textures including luxe linens, rich cottons, fresh denims, and sumptuous chambrays. Think low maintenance, heirloom-quality materials that wash and wear like a dream – just like your favorite pair of jeans. Additionally, alluding to Staci’s fashion background, we design two seasonally-inspired Collections a year which always keeps our assortment feeling fresh and current.
What does sustainability mean to you and the company? Why is it important?
Our brand ethos is to be eco. The planet is our priority. All of our linens are sustainably-sourced, rescued, repurposed and locally made in Downtown Los Angeles. We hand-pick surplus, premium fabrics so that no two styles of ‘kins are alike. Our small batch production process ensures no excess inventory or waste.
In your opinion, what is the best “centerpiece” on any table? Your answer could be figurative or literal!
We love showcasing one of our centerpiece runners on our tabletop morning, noon, and night. The shorter, modern length causes it to feel less formal and more of an everyday piece that always makes your table look complete and ready for your next meal. A floral / natural motif is also a must. It could be as simple as a beautiful branch!
What’s your go-to hostess gift?
- An Argaux gift set, of course!
- ATELIER SAUCIER Cocktail Napkins – the perfect gift that can be used non the spot!
- Anecdote Candles – the cheeky sayings and luscious scents are simply the best.
What’s next for Atelier Saucier?
World domination, one napkin at a time:) But in all seriousness, we are thrilled to have a handful of very exciting brand collaborations in the works and currently are deep in the throes of designing our Spring / Summer 2023 Collection. We are also gearing up for a number of in-person pop-ups over the next few months – it is always such a treat to meet our linen-loving customers in real life!
- Butter or Olive Oil? Butter, but recently we have been partial to using Avocado Oil!
- Burlap or denim? Burlap – our most buttery fan-favorite textile!
- Stem or stemless (glassware)? Stemless
- Patchwork or plaid? Patchwork – our most confident styles of the season!
Atelier Saucier Argaux Favorites:
- 2021 Storm Wines Cabernet Franc from Club Argaux Fall shipment
- 2021 Val de Meigas Albariño from Club Argaux Fall shipment