In 1904, German immigrant Henrietta Gattle sold delicate imported lace curtains by appointment from her home. The setting was spotless yet inviting, comfortable and refined. Her beautiful goods appealed to homemakers who appreciated the world’s finest linens made by attentive craftsmen using the most luxurious materials. Today, 155 years later, these traditions of hospitality and quality continue at Gattle’s of Naples, where homeowners have found exquisite linens, carefully curated gifts, tableware, lingerie and the best in bedding for 55 years.
Stepping inside the bright Third Street store, the air is perfumed and pleasant, a signature scent. It’s hard to define—fresh, elegant and oh-so-memorable.
’“We actually don’t burn candles, but there’s something about the combined scents from our bath shop that is so nice,” says General Manager Stacey Masters, who has been with Gattle’s for more than 10 years. “Our clientele loves it, and many have asked if we could try to bottle the fragrance!”
Some fragrance favorites are the Lafco candles and diffusers, which are also among the store’s top picks for hostess gifts.
“The Marine is a favorite as well as the Champagne. Both have lovely clean scents and would be a welcome addition to any area,” says Stacey, who was a successful interior designer in the Naples area for more than 25 years before joining Gattle’s.
The 4,600-square-foot store has grown in size since the Gattle family first opened in 1962, expanding their brand from its Midwest roots in Cincinnati and on the northern shores of Lake Michigan with family still at the helm today. Stores in Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, opened in 1932 and 1950, respectively, each shuttering after decades of serving discerning homemakers.
“I had the pleasure of working for Tom Gattle Sr. in Naples prior to his passing, and what a wonderful charismatic gentleman he was!” Stacey says. “It was such fun to come to work and be blessed with a pleasant and hardworking staff with the ability to promote new ideas and purchase exciting products.”
Tom Gattle Jr. is now managing the company, with other family members helping to drive merchandising, buying and marketing. Naples shoppers know Bedding Manager Cindy Getzberg, Lingerie Manager Mary Anne Shebert and Bath Manager Debi Rubright, who are all extremely knowledgeable and make customer service a priority every day.
Stacey and her Naples staff, along with members of the Gattle family, will be busy this month, gearing up for fall, attending home shows and buying new merchandise.
“Our steadfast lines introduce new offerings as well, so it is always a surprise to see what the new trends will be,” Stacey says.
Inside the cheery Gattle’s store, you’ll find soft and sumptuous throws; the highest thread count bed furnishings; thirsty towels for bath, beach and boat; gorgeous robes and sleepwear; graceful tableware; and refined gifts.
Michael Aram’s rich and vibrant pieces for dining and entertaining are showcased.
Featured are Sferra bed linens from their mills and artisans that dot the Alpine foothills in Northern Italy. You’ll also find Matouk luxury linens, made from the world’s finest materials for nearly 100 years in Fall River, Massachusetts.
“Your home is your place of connection to the people you love and to yourself, so Gattle’s aims to bring your sense of taste and connection to life with our carefully curated collection,” Tom Gattle Jr says. “We are proud to have European bedding companies that along with our managers create exclusive designs for Gattle's alone.”
Since the early 1900s, the Gattle’s name has remained synonymous with luxury home linens assembled from around the world with Henrietta’s son, Otto, managing the business. By the 1950s, with the rise of unique tableware for formal entertainment, store locations appeared in Florida and later in North Carolina. Eventually, Otto's son, Tom Gattle Sr., would carry on the family business for many decades, making unique and exclusive luxury linens available from Gattle’s brick-and-mortar locations passed from generation to generation. Gattle’s linens have had patrons such as Susan Hayward, Rose Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It is also known that while visiting the United States, both Pope John and Queen Elizabeth have slept on Gattle’s regal sheets.
Gattles.com now includes a beautiful online collection managed by Ginny Gattle Mooney. A new store opened this summer in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Follow Gattle's Instagram at @ShopGattles.
1250 Third St. S, Naples