When your business provides luxury linens to the best hotels in the world, it’s the hand-embroidered details that make guests feel like they’ve slipped into something truly special. Just ask Mona Steck, founder of Settings by Mona, a Las Vegas-based luxury linen company.
Steck has created customized table linens, napkins and bedding for 16 years, with a client roster that includes the Mansion at MGM Grand, the Cosmopolitan and her most recent project, Wynn Cotai Palace.
“We don’t have a catalog you pick from,” Steck says. “We custom-design for each property we work with.” When silk prices rose, Steck crafted her own poly-silk fabric that feels and looks just as luxurious and is washable. She says her textiles survive the wash cycle almost twice as long as many others.
Guests kept calling about where they could buy the signature dragonfly napkins she made for Sinatra restaurant that Wynn now offers them in the hotel’s home store, where they also sell Steck’s designs exclusive to Wing Lei, The Country Club and Mizumi.
“It becomes a look, and people come to expect that napkin,” Steck says. “Once the restaurant decor changes, the napkin changes. There is something very sensual about a beautiful-feeling fabric. It’s going to be on your face.”
Steck reveals that the creative process with Wynn’s famed design director Roger Thomas is nothing short of exciting.
“Sometimes it’s very specific and I execute what he wants,” Steck says. “Other times I come up with several options for him, present them, and then he chooses and picks what works best.”
Looking ahead, Steck sees her business heading toward bedding, with a potential for retailing her collections. But for now, it’s all about providing a unique product for customers with discerning tastes.
“At the end of the day, we really are all about making sure that it’s as durable as it is beautiful,” Steck says. “We would much rather have a happy customer, and it’s all about custom here. You don’t want what someone else has at the other end of the Strip. We’re able to offer that—something they can’t find anywhere else.”
Settings is currently working with Aria on their newly renovated banquet and meeting space designing custom linens, as well as Vdara. Steck is also involved with a top secret hotel project overseas that is being billed as the “most luxurious hotel in the world” slated to open end of 2016.