For as long as I can remember, family dinner was non-negotiable. My parents owned the only drug store in Sherborn, Massachusetts for almost twenty years. Seven days a week, my siblings and I grew up watching our parents turn a small-town apothecary in Sherborn, Mass. into a multi-million dollar business, but our family time was never sacrificed. We sat together every night to enjoy my mother’s home-cooked meals and wiped our mouths with nothing but paper napkins. Family time was always important but we never took a moment to recognize that the products we were using were affecting our environment.
Today, as we grow families and build happy homes of our own, we realize that we can all be more kind to the earth. From breakfast to cocktails, picnics to weekend trips, the products we use are equally as important to the memories we make while using them. The Everyday Napkin was born from a private event. They are designed to use less material than traditional cloth napkins making them easy to stack and use every day. Cut into small batches from found fabrics, we use much of the material including the salvage. Simply designed for function and style, The Everyday Napkin is perfect for every day and for any occasion.
Our handmade goods are just the beginning of our vision to create a brand for simple living. We have expanded our products from our Signature Napkins to everyday goods made for your home like our Hand Towels and Throw Pillows—design to be used every day without fuss or formality.
Thank you for believing in our product and our mission. Together we'll make a simple, beautiful and less-wasteful home.
REASONS TO LOVE OUR everyday napkinS
& CLOTH GOODS
It’s our mission to design a beautiful product that brings style into your every day while helping reduce landfill waste. These are the details that we feel make our product so unique . . .
DESIGN: SIMPLE & STYLISH
Once we discover a new fabric, we pair it with a selection of color options. The contrasting finish shift from season to season but we always design our collections to fit your unique style and home. Mix and match your favorite pieces and add to your collection with new styles and colors. Everyday Napkins are a simple way of adding an understated accent to any table, everyday meal or special occasion.
our unique sizes
Our size is unique to traditional table linens but not to a paper napkin. Our Signature Everyday Napkin is cut to a 7 inch square making them easy to stack and use for any sized meal. Stack them on your kitchen counter, in your pantry or on your bar cart when entertaining. Toss them in with your no-waste lunch, picnic basket or beach bag for on-the-go meals. They are perfect for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. Our simple design makes them great for kid's school lunch boxes and snacks.
Our Dinner Napkin are designed to use less too. Sized at 11 inches, they are perfect for folding in half or pulling through a napkin ring for a set table.
We truly believe you don't need as much as you think and more is not always, well, more.
handcrafted & MADE WITH INTEGRITY
Our Everyday Napkins are carefully cut and sewn right in our studio here in Boston, Massachusetts. We prewash, cut, and finish each piece by hand to ensure quality, care and the highest level of craftsmanship. All of our products are carefully looked over before they become a part of your home.
PRE-WASHED, FEEL-GOOD FABRICS
All of our fabrics are hand-selected from Boston, New York, San Francisco or LA. They have to pass our "feel-good" test. This means the weight and feel of the fabric have to be just right. Once we bring these linens and cottons into our studio, we take the extra step to wash and dry them. This part of the process results in a softer end result. It also eliminates any shrinkage before they get to you. We take pride in caring for the fabric before we begin to cut.
REUSable & REPURPOSEd
Not only are our Everyday Napkins reusable (and not filling a landfill) we have chosen to upcycle existing fabrics instead of making our own—a conscious decision we made early on that allows us to cut back on energy, resources, and our carbon footprint. We use almost every part of the fabric including its selvage. You'll see this detail on some of our pieces.
OUR SMALL, BUT MIGHTY TEAM
We truly believe that when it comes to quality, it’s the things you don’t see that sometimes make the biggest difference. With each napkin, from the creation of each collection to the craftsmanship, we insist on making our product with love.
When I'm not overseeing the many facets of the company and strategizing our next move, I'm looking to fashion, textiles and trends, to inform the next collection. I am always on the hunt for fabrics that feel good and look great. The process is organic but the finishing touches make it special. While I am the creator and visionary for The Everyday Co., I have a team that makes up our family.
Kathryn Yee | FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
In a previous life I designed consumer goods packaging for big brands like P&G, Staples, Hasbro and more . . . Then I honed in on my passion for design, fashion, and lifestyle at Korn Design where I became Art Director. I work with boutique hotels , lifestyle brands, and restaurants to develop their look and feel. This included branding, custom gifting, product development, menu design, in-room amenities, and lifestyle photoshoots. I ventured off on my own in 2013. I founded The Everyday Napkin in 2015 where I have been able to apply everything I've learned throughout my design career to building this design-focus business. It's been a journey of determination, hard work, persistence, and being extremely detail oriented. When I'm not directly working with my team, I'm focused on growing the brand and strategizing what we'll do next—that's everything from updating our website to social media to working with our partners . . . driving new business and taking out the trash. No job is too big or small. firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitlin Topham | LEAD STITCHER
Our lead stitcher of our beautiful product. Caitlin joined The Everyday Co. in December 2015. She's been trained by Betty and continues the same process. She carefully and meticulously cuts, irons and sews each napkin. Once each napkin is sewn, she finishes and inspects it's construction before they are packaged and shipped to you. Together, Caitlin and I brainstorm upcoming collections, color ways, and new product. Saying that Caitlin loves to sew would be an understatement. We are so lucky to have Caitlin a part of our team from the beginning. email@example.com
Jessica Milliken | STITCHER
A UK native with a love for fabrics and making beautiful children's clothing! Formally trained in Fashion Design, Jess is the newest team member and will be assisting with production, fulfilling orders, and keeping on top of our inventory. Jess has been trained under Caitlin and will continue our careful, thoughtful, handmade process. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends, Family, and You | OUR BIGGEST FANS
It takes a village to grow a business. I have the love and support of my family and friends who have helped us at every step of the way. I am so grateful for these people. The Everyday Napkin is growing every single day because of people like you who have taken notice and support us along the way. Your thoughts and feedback are important to the success of our business. We are constantly improving our product and its nuances as we learn. And we are especially inspired by our fans who share their napkins with the world. We are grateful for you and your support.
Por-Por | O.G.
My maternal grandmother (pronounced Poa-Poa in Chinese) is one of my biggest inspirations for my business. My Por-Por came to the United States after getting married at a very young age. She left China to start a life in Quincy, Massachusetts where she supported her four children sewing garments. For most of her career as a seamstress, my grandmother sat at the first sewing machine at the clothing factory. This seat designated the factory's top sewer. As a little girl she made me little cotton shorts and matching vests (yes, vests!) that I wore so proudly. Her outfits were a fit among the girl cousins. I hope she looks down on us proudly.
Betty Yee | O.G.
My amazing do-it-all mom. Betty and I started playing around with this idea of a smaller cloth napkin that was easier, more fun an a lot more casual than a formal dinner napkin. She helped us get the initial sizes right, process perfected and every step nailed down. She made sure thousands of napkins were made with quality and care our entire first year of business. The Everyday Napkin wouldn't be where it is today without her skills and gracious heart.
Jake Cacciapaglia | BEHIND-THE-SCENES
My husband and biggest fan but also our spread sheet guy who helps me understand the other half of the business. We are so lucky to have his entrepreneurial spirit on our side. He's equally passionate about the product as he is about our numbers and making sure we succeed. You will never see him without an Everyday Napkin in his pocket whether it be a board meeting or the weekend. email@example.com
We are always looking to grow our team with the right people who believe in our mission, the bigger picture and who are passionate and hard-working. If you are interested in learning more about The Everyday Co. or joining our team, please contact us.