Linen is officially our favourite fibre. This year our main fabric supplier started offering linen jerseys and wovens, and we couldn’t be more pleased.
So, what is it? Linen is a natural fibre manufactured from the inner stalk of the flax plant. Flax grows quickly and easily in a variety of climates and soils, and humans have been making it into clothing for thousands of years. Currently, it’s produced mainly in Europe and China, but there’s a farm right here in the Maritimes working to recreate a small scale local linen industry. Locally-grown and locally-produced fabric? For someone who wears mostly bamboo rayon and cotton that’s been shipped here from the other side of the globe, this kind of blows my mind ;)
Like other natural fibres, linen allows the skin to breathe. It absorbs moisture and feels cool against the skin, making it an excellent choice in hot weather. But it also works well in cool, air-conditioned offices, as it helps regulate body temperature. We have several customers who tell us it’s the go-to choice during menopause ;)
Felicity Shell in Indigo linen jersey paired with a woven Pencil Skirt in Red linen/rayon
Because our linen jerseys don’t have the spandex content of our other jerseys, the styles offered are more limited. You can find those here. Woven options will be on offer very soon! Linen fabric relaxes as you wear it, so the fit of a garment will change slightly throughout the day, and it may need a bit of reshaping after washing. Don’t worry, the extra effort is worth it.
So? Do we love it for its luxurious look, its low environmental impact, its long-lasting quality? Yes! But mostly, we wear it and work with it because it feels amazing :D