During the warm days of summer that always seem to creep into September, no material is more refreshing than naturally crisp linen. To cool you down as this glorious season lingers on, we've rounded up some of our favorite sources for high-quality linen everything—duvet covers, towels, and notebooks included. Save this list of go-to shops in your design file—these are 8 sources you're going to want to keep shopping all year long.
Why linen, you ask?
Fans of linen already know what the fuss is about. Woven from flax, linen is a natural material that's breathable, making it cooling. It also wears well with age and gets softer the more you use it. Plus, it looks and feels luxurious, but in the most relaxed and unpretentious way possible. Are you convinced? Get yourself some at our favorite shops, below.
Best Linen Aprons
Fog Linen: We've been watching this Japanese linen company, founded by entrepreneur Yumiko Sekine, for a while now (it was love at first sight). Their online shop has grown a lot over the years, and they're now our go-to source for last-forever linen aprons and one-of-a-kind homewares, like the adorable blue and white striped, linen-covered tray in the roundup above.
Best Budget-Friendly Linens
H&M Home: Because of the nature of the flax plant and the complicated process it undergoes to get woven into linen, this material tends to be more expensive than others. Lucky for us, H&M Home has a line of linen products at very reasonable prices. I love their linen duvet cover set, which will only set you back $130. To go with that duvet, check out our favorite sources for linen sheets.
Best Linen Tote Bag
Alder & Co: Made in France, these roomy 20-by-16-inch bags ($50) offer plenty of space for toting books or groceries. Alder & Co. is always switching up the colors and patterns they offer—right now you can take your pick from seven different styles, including a pretty blush pink.
Best Table Linens
Canvas Home: For linen napkins, placemats and tablecloths, Canvas Home is a favorite. They have a great selection of neutrals, as well as stripes and more saturated hues. We're of course big fans of the salmon and wine-colored options from the Maxwell Ryan Collection (hint, hint), but any of their linens will bring relaxed beauty to the table.
Best Linen Journals
Shinola: This Detroit-based company is best known for its leather watches and bicycles, but their linen-covered notebooks in dreamy hues (from $14) are rethinking what this fabric can do. Every component of their notebooks is American-made, including the paper, which is sourced from sustainably-managed American forests.
Best Linen Throw Blanket
Brahms Mount: These long-lasting linen throws get cozier over time, while the vibrant eco-friendly dyes magically don't seem to fade. We love that they're machine-washable for easy cleaning, because you're definitely going to want to bring this blanket along to the beach or the park.
Best Linen Towels
Good Linens: Dedicated to promoting the 100% linen towel, Good Linens offers options for both bath towels ($72) and larger beach towels ($108). On the "con" list, these towels start out scratchier than the terrycloth ones we're used to (they do soften with use), but the long "pro" list includes: they dry faster and are more absorbent, they're more eco-friendly, and they're anti-bacterial, so they'll never get that dingy towel smell.
Best By-the-Yard Linen
Gray Line Linen: If you're planning to sew your own linen curtains, it can be hard to find high-quality linen in local shops—and searching online feels harder than digging through piles of fabric. NYC shop Gray Line Linen's online store is relatively easy to navigate, and they offer a variety of weights and prices. I sewed a long semi-sheet curtain from their "Handkerchief" weight linen ($9.50 a yard) last summer and am really happy with how it's held up.