Text by Hannah Jones
Anna Brakefield grew up on her family’s farm, but she never expected to live there as an adult. That is, until her father called her with a business proposition. He wanted to make sheets—not just any sheets, but heirloom-quality cotton sheets—and he wanted her to help him.
Thus began Red Land Cotton, a farm and bedding company named after the fertile soil on the family’s Moulton, Alabama, property. Now, Anna runs the company with her father, Mark Yeager, and her two brothers. The men manage the farm while Anna handles the more creative side of the business, designing and marketing for the brand.
With their current success, it’s hard to believe the company started officially just four years ago, birthed from a humble memory. Mark recalled the ultra-soft sheets his grandmother had—sheets that withstood years of use—growing cozier over time. Inspired by that sweet memory, he started the search for sheets that were comparable but found himself at a loss. So, he borrowed a 1920s sheet set from a family friend and shipped it off to have the fabric analyzed, getting the thread count and yarn size. The rest followed naturally.
Now, the brand carries a variety of products, from bedding to towels and even loungewear. Though they’ve grown, everything is still made in the US, with much of it created in Moulton.
The family grows the cotton on their land, ships it to South Carolina to be spun followed by their weaver in South Carolina or Georgia—depending on the product—and finally to the finisher. All in all, their products take about six to nine months to go from growing bud to finished linen, but Anna and her father hold true to the fact that quality takes time, just like it did in days gone by.