The dynamic couple behind this new venture, Gian Fazio and Karolina Kaczmerek, offer a personal story as unique as the luxury products they peddle.
Both originally from Europe-Fazio is from Italy and Kaczmerek from Poland-they met while at University of College London.
According to Kaczmerek her family “has long been involved in the furniture industry.”
“We noticed a need for high-end mattress and bedding in Richmond that provides a boutique shopping experience found in larger cities,” she explains.
The couple quickly seized the opportunity and began traveling the globe looking for inspiration. After meeting with 100-year-old family operated businesses throughout Europe, they brought a flair for authentic craftsmanship to their new brand, which is set to soon expand to Charlottesville; Washington D.C.; and New York City.
Along the way they also received a tremendous boost from the VCU Ad Center-where students helped further craft the brand and messaging.
Upon entering the store, patrons are greeted by the couple, who quickly demonstrate that they are experts in contemporary, transitional furniture and bedding.
Fazio and Kaczmerek have created a truly thoughtful, contemporary shopping experience. The store is serene with reclaimed wood floors and neutral paints on the walls and shelves. To showcase their mattresses and upholstered bed frames, wooden quadrants separate each bed to provide customers with privacy while they shop.
Layers Bed Company has many selections when it comes to mattresses, including the option to have your side of the bed either softer or harder than that of your better-half. Layers’ upholstered beds are created with linens, velvets and leathers, and its bedding is made with 400-thread-count sateen Egyptian cotton or a percale cotton in an array of neutral colors in patterns or solids.
Soon, customers will be able to buy more “layers” for their beds such as designer throws, rugs and pajamas.