Linen - a fabric of individuality

Breathable, lightweight, fluid, textural, moisture-wicking, and chic. Not many fabrics have all of those superlatives on their CV, but linen is certainly one of them. It’s a brilliant summer fabric for all of those reasons, especially when it comes to shirting and tailoring, where it adds a casual and relaxed aesthetic to an otherwise formal garment.

Havana Short Sleeve Shirt Cannon Beige

Havana Short Sleeve
Shirt Cannon Beige

Osborne Drawstring
Shorts Cannon Beige

Solovair x Oliver Spencer Tan Suede Loafer

Solovair x Oliver Spencer
Tan Suede Loafer

But linen can be temperamental from a manufacturing point of view since every roll of the cloth often seems to have its own personality and quirks, which makes the process of designing linen garments that are perfectly consistent in size and cut quite difficult. We can’t always guarantee that the product we designed and sampled is going to be perfectly replicated in the collection, and while that can be frustrating, we know that it’s a quality of linen that we’re happy to roll with, because its positives far outweigh this singular negative.

Cuban Short Sleeve Shirt Clement Chambray Blue

Cuban Short Sleeve Shirt
Clement Chambray Blue

Osborne Drawstring Shorts Clement Chambray Blue

Osborne Drawstring Shorts
Clement Chambray Blue

Paraboot Thiers Cream Suede

Paraboot Thiers
Cream Suede

Linen is also one of the most sustainable natural fibres, with the vast majority of flax crops from where it is derived, irrigated with rain water. We source much of our linen from Belgium and Ireland, two nations which produce the very best quality linens. Above all we love the texture of the cloth and the inimitable crumpled finish it gets when wearing it, allowing for a relaxed and carefree look. From the suits and blazers we have created using linen to the multitude of lightweight jackets and shirts, the fabric provides a sophisticated yet ultimately casual element to a modern wardrobe.

Cowboy Jacket Mylor Sand

Cowboy Jacket
Mylor Sand

New York Special Shirt Farlie Yellow

New York Special
Shirt Farlie Yellow

Solovair x Oliver Spencer Tan Suede Gibson Shoes

Solovair x Oliver Spencer
Tan Suede Gibson Shoes

It’s a soft and supple fabric with a ‘dry’ handle. The reason why it creases so easily when you wear it is down to the chemical make-up of the cellulose of the flax fibres, in which hydrogen bonds are left by evaporated moisture, resulting in wrinkles. Some cloths will invariably crease more than others but you can be guaranteed that linen will always have some degree of sophisticated crumple to it. Linen is a fabric that also ages beautifully, particularly when applied to tailoring. Over time, a linen blazer will form to the contours of your torso, creating a very natural drape and a flattering silhouette.

Fairway Jacket Padworth Stone

Fairway Jacket
Padworth Stone

Drawstring Trousers Padworth Stone

Drawstring Trousers
Padworth Stone

Hawthorn Polo Shirt Duport Ochre/Cream

Hawthorn Polo Shirt
Duport Ochre/Cream

The same style of shirt in cotton may fit slightly differently to the linen version, so that’s why we’re recommending to always check the sizing chart. We don’t use generic sizing charts like many other brands - every single product is measured up at the quality control stage and is noted for any aberrations in sizing, which in turn will be communicated on the sizing chart. Moreover, if you’re unsure about a linen garment, or perhaps how a certain size is fitting on model, don’t hesitate to drop us an email or give us a call and we can advise you on the best size to take.

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