Gail and hank

It’s funny how life’s adventures can lead you to some unexpected places. In 2013, we bought a beach house in Mantoloking, NJ. Being a modern day “Brady Bunch”, we wanted a place where our 5 adult(ish) kids would want to come visit, which they did, with assorted friends. They loved the beach, boating, paddle boarding, and jet skiing, which meant a lot of wet beach towels and laundry! The usual cotton beach towels were too bulky to pack on a boat, smelled like mildew, got stained all the time and looked ratty at the end of the summer. Plus, we were concerned about the amount of laundry we were doing (not good for the environment!) We needed to find an alternative!

And we did – a small company called Deck Towel was making large linen beach and bath towels, and they were perfect! In fact, we liked them so much, we bought the company in 2015. We have kept the basic product, but we are expanding to new areas like artisanal peshtemals and throws made by single families in Turkey, in different shapes and new fabrics like bamboo. And we are now offering monogramming. Our towels are lightweight, easily packable, resist stains, odors and sand, and are made from environmentally friendly fibers. All part of the adventure!

We hope you love our products as much as we do – we use them in our own homes, and are proud to give them as gifts to friends and guests.

Hank and Gail Patterson


"This new line of linen towels manages to improve on the already perfect concept of sunbathing." The New York Times 

"It’s the best beach towel I’ve ever owned, for sure." Fantastic Man 

"Sewn from durable, colorful fabric that could've been swiped from a French girl in Biarritz." GQ 

"If you still have a couple of weeks left on your yacht, then you should definitely have a Deck Towel on board." Inventory Magazine

"These towels are helping to liberate linen from this dry-clean-only image it's been given...they're remarkably hearty." Nylon Magazine

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