We have just returned from a short visit to Maine, where we bought some great vintage stuff for the shop. We also had a chance to stop by the Brahms Mount textile mill, where they make some of our very favorite and most luxurious items: linen towels and linen day blankets.
Here is a short video of the 1930s shuttle looms:
Pictures of new vintage items to follow soon. Meanwhile, here are some more photos of our trip:
Late last summer, a few months after we opened, Yumiko Sekine, the designer of Fog Linen Work in Japan, came to our store. After meeting her that day, we kept in touch, and have been slowly expanding our selection of Fog Linen products ever since.
When Yumiko started her company in Japan in 1993, it was as an importer of American and European housewares. But the more she hunted, the more she realized that she could not find the type of simple, everyday linens she was looking for. The well-made, affordable textiles she had grown up with were no longer widely available, and the centuries-old traditions of spinning and weaving linen were in danger of disappearing. So Yumiko found herself a mill in Lithuania, a country with a long history of high quality linen production, and began producing her own line of linen household items. And are we ever glad she did.
linen place mat
linen dish towel
leather key cover
So the Brahms Mount Linen Day Blankets have finally arrived, and they are just as beautiful as we hoped they would be…
Natural with Chocolate Stripe
Pearl with Natural and Pearl with Blue Stripe.
Natural with Red Stripe.
Linen gets better with age. The more you use it, the softer and cozier it becomes. It has natural antimicrobial properties, as well as natural wicking and insulating properties to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
This really might be the perfect blanket.