14 January 2021. We are very excited to announce the arrival of Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living.
This lovely new book from Yumiko Sekine, founder of Fog Linen Work, along with Jenny Wapner, is a guide to cultivating a beautiful, joyful home throughout the year. Simplicity at Home celebrates the simple rituals and techniques rooted in Japanese traditions for decorating, organizing, preparing food, entertaining, and more.
We've had a chance to preview a copy, and the experience has left us relaxed and refreshed and wondering why we don't curl up with a real book instead of a screen more often.
Filled with beautiful photos by Nao Shimizu, simple recipes, projects and design ideas, this book takes you through all four seasons with wonderful insight into Japanese lifestyle and culture.
There's a long list of inspiring projects we want to try and here are just a few of our favorites:
Refreshing the house for the new year
Vegetable tempura and somen noodles
Yuzu bath salts
Growing plants and seeds from scraps
Simple spring floral arrangements
Patchwork linen sewing projects
We hope you'll enjoy this book as much as we do.
Available for pre-order now. The first 100 pre-orders will receive a copy of the book with a handmade bookmark signed by the author, Yumiko Sekine. All book pre-orders will ship for free within the continental US.
Orders will be shipping in February 2021.
21 December 2020. Today is the shortest and darkest day of the year and though it's not technically the end of 2020, it feels like a turning point, as from now on there will be more light.
Although this has been a challenging year, we are finding there are still many things to be thankful for. For us, it all comes down to you, our customers. We are so thankful that you have chosen to support our business during this time. Your orders and emails have kept us busy and raised our spirits through all of the ups and downs of 2020. We can't thank you enough.
We hope you are all staying safe and sound and we wish you health and happiness as we enter 2021. And remember, going forward there will be a little more light in the world each day.
* Please note, we will be closed December 25-28th. Shipping will resume December 29th.
10 December 2020. We've got some new clothing headed your way. This year's winter collection was designed with more "at home" time in mind, using a warm blend of linen and recycled wool in soft shapes and colors.
We're wanting pieces this season that feel comfortable, but also special. Clothing that elevates our daily wear above sweatpants and t-shirts, yet still feels comforting. A dressed-up at home kind of feel.
Here's a selection of what's arrived, and let's just say we're finding everything in this collection to be so cozy and wearable, like a big hug in clothing form. We hope you'll love it all as much as we do.
Doris Dress: an easy, classic linen piece to be dressed up or down. Clean simple lines and a flattering fit. In Herringbone Black and James Plaid.
Gigi Tuck Skirt: long and lovely, guaranteed to keep you cozy in a blend of recycled wool and linen. In Khaki, Navy, and Heather Grey
Robin Pants: a go to for comfort and style, Robin plays well with many shirts and sweaters. Offered in a linen/recycled wool blend or a linen denim. In Denim Navy, Denim White and Wool Navy.
Kito Skirt: we love this elegant full skirt with its flattering length. An elasticized waist band and pockets make it super comfortable as well. In a linen/recycled wool blend in Navy and a linen denim in Navy and White.
Alicia Shirt: this one is a real favorite! Many special details here, like the pointed collar with its delicate shell button placket and a shirt tail hem that can be tucked in for a tailored look or left out to layer over shirts and turtlenecks. In a linen/recycled wool blend in Heather Grey. Offered in linen in Herringbone Beige and Theo Check.
Boel Apron Dress: such a fun dress. Perfect for layering shirts or sweaters underneath. We love it with leggings or boots. With a drawstring tie waist so you can adjust it for the perfect fit. Features a v-neck that can be worn in the front or the back. How's that for versatility? In a navy pinstripe linen. Also in a wool linen blend in Khaki and Navy.
Carita Coat: this one's so elegant with simple shaping and a double breasted closure. In a linen/wool blend and lined with linen on the inside, it will keep you cozy on a cold day with room for a sweater underneath. In Wool Burgundy and Wool Navy.
Shop our entire clothing collection here and keep warm and safe this season.
17 November 2020. In this year like no other we've experienced, we are heading into the holiday season. We're taking a moment to think about how we'd like to celebrate this year. Will it be a year to stick to time honored and comforting rituals or is it a chance to create new traditions? Or maybe a combination?
One thing's for certain, we will be looking for ways to feel connected to our family, friends, and community, even if we are not able to be together to celebrate. That means picking out some wonderful recipes for holiday meals and setting our tables with real cheer, even if our gatherings are tiny.
We've got some festive linens in the mix in our table section, aprons for everyone in our kitchen section, and some lovely brass ornaments in our holiday section to add some sparkle to your celebration.
We are continuing to encourage you to shop early for the holidays this year as shipping times will be slower due to the pandemic. We ship with FedEx and as the delivery crunch season approaches we are recommending that customers sign up for the new free FedEx Delivery Manager. This tool helps you take more control over your residential deliveries. You can request to redirect packages, get tracking notifications and more. You can sign up here. And don't forget to thank your delivery person! We see them every day working so hard on the front lines and we couldn't do what we do without them.
And finally, please contact us with questions if you have them and let us know if you would like your item gift wrapped. We are happy to wrap in simple white paper and can even add a handwritten note on one of our signature postcards. Just leave us a note in the comment section of your order or send us an email.
Stay safe folks!
29 October 2020. Fall colors are fading into November's starker palette around here, but we're still wanting to bask in the golden glow of October. We're loving all the warm ochres and nut browns going on in our clothing collection. Here are a few faves:
The Satou Pant in Ochre
The Kaari Dress in Noisette
The Verna Coat in Ochre
The Laina Dress in Biscuit
The Elmi Coat in Ochre
The Raakel Shirt in Ambre
The Fay Coat in Sepia
Lightweight Wool Leggings in Mocha
We're feeling warm and cozy already!
15 October 2020. And just like that, fall has arrived. By summer's end, we really do welcome cooler days and earlier evenings. We are getting back to cooking more meals that require an oven or a big pot and there are so many fresh and wonderful ingredients to be found this time of year.
Lately, we've been inspired by the recipes in a new cookbook we've spotted at our sister store, Pod. Bryant Terry's Vegetable Kingdom is a beautiful celebration of all things vegetable and vegan and his recipes look healthy and delicious. Here are a few that are tempting us.
Creamy sweet potato leek soup
Panko-crusted cauliflower and coconut curry
Barbeque carrots with slow-cooked white beans
Oven-roasted zucchini with collard-peanut pesto and roasted peanuts
Bryant Terry is a "James Beard Award-Winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Since 2015 he has been the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates public programming at the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora". Visit his website to learn more about him and his contributions to food and culture.
Vegetable Kingdom is his fifth book. It's available for purchase at Pod on-line here or in person here. We're really looking forward to cooking his recipes this fall.
For help in the kitchen, we always recommend our aprons and kitchen cloths to lend a hand.
1 October 2020. Hello friends. We wanted to take a minute and let you know how much we have appreciated your orders over the past six months. We really didn't know what to expect when we entered into this global pandemic, and as we continue to soldier on wearing our masks, social distancing, washing hands and taking every precaution to keep our customers and our staff safe, we continue to be thankful for each and every order you place with our small company.
We not only appreciate your orders, but we also appreciate your patience. We realize it's frustrating not knowing when items will be back in stock or seeing things become sold out in a matter of minutes. Because our products are coming from Japan, Lithuania and India we are seeing global shipping slowdowns due to the pandemic. Our hearts are with our colleagues in these places as they, like us, experience varying degrees of the virus.
With so much going on in the world, we'd like to share a few ways that we hope will make ordering and shipping flow a bit more smoothly as we move into the holiday season.
First, we get a lot of calls and emails from our customers asking when items will be back in stock, and while we really do encourage you to call and write with questions, we've added an "email me when available" button for each item on our website that will notify you instantly when the item you're looking for comes back in stock. We highly recommend using this feature as items have been selling out very quickly.
Second, we ship with FedEx and as the delivery crunch season approaches we are recommending that customers sign up for the new free FedEx Delivery Manager. This tool helps you take more control over your residential deliveries. You can request to redirect packages, get tracking notifications and more. You can sign up here.
Lastly, we hope you all are staying safe and sound! Please don't hesitate to call or write with product questions about sizing, care, etc. We are here to help.
All best, the Shop Fog Linen Team.
*UPDATE: Whoa! We love that you love this round of calendar cloths. We have temporarily sold out of a few styles and will do our best to get more.
17 September 2020. Every year, a box arrives at the shop that looks perfectly normal, cardboard and scuffed from travel. But this box is different from all other boxes. It's full of calendar cloths, the once-yearly, limited edition cloths that arrive to a waiting list and our collective bated breath. Though the kitchen cloth is the workhorse of the kitchen, the calendar cloth can live as a casual wall hanging, clipped to a piece of twine or pinned to the wall throughout the year. Each cloth features an artist's unique design that conjures a mood or sentiment to usher in the new year. This year, we welcome the work of two artists: Isabelle Boinot and Mayumi Kuchihiro. With illustrations ranging from classic French pastry and flowers and fruits, to a watercolor place setting and café still life, they offer us a snapshot into the simplicity of day to day life, reminding us to live well and mind the passing of each day. At the end of the year, the calendar cloth can continue to hang on the wall or it can have a Cinderella moment, changing back to a workaday cloth.
Image: by Isabelle Boinot.
1 September 2020. We can feel the beginning of fall's approach in cooler mornings and earlier evenings. But for us, the biggest signifier of the changing season is the arrival of Fog Linen's fall clothing collection. It's always so fun to have boxes arrive packed full of linen in new shapes and colors.
We've gotten our first drop of clothing, with more on the way any moment. Here are some of our favorite new flavors:
The Eija Dress: We love a new dress to start a new season and the simplicity of this one is perfect. An a-line with a simple round neck and hidden front pockets, Eija is elegant and floats nicely on the body. Elasticized cuffs add a gathered detail to the sleeves. In Ambre and Lucas.
The Alma Top: With a gentle a-line shape that hits below the hip, this v-neck top can be worn tucked in for a blousy silhouette or worn loose as an easy piece for fall. The full sleeves and gathering at the back of the collar add pretty details. In Brick Red.
The Hanne Top: This a sweet one! With a round collar and a delicate gathered neckline, Hanne is full through the body with a roomy sleeve that gathers to an elasticized bracelet length cuff. There's a shell button closure at back of the neckline. The Hanne top hits around the hip. It's a simple and pretty go-to for fall. In Wisteria and Albatre.
The Verna Coat: A long and lovely duster coat for fall, Verna features an a-line shape and a mandarin collar with front patch pockets at the hip. Fabric covered buttons go to the waist of the coat and the bottom remains free for easy movement. A back pleat adds a nice detail. Verna works as an extra layer over your outfit or could be worn as a dress or tunic over pants or leggings. In Chocolate Herringbone.
The Piia Jacket: The Piia jacket is the little sister to the Verna coat. A short and sweet jacket for fall, Piia features an a-line shape and a mandarin collar with front patch pockets at the waist. Fabric covered buttons and a back pleat add nice detail. Piia hits a little below the hip. Great to wear as a light weight jacket, but also works as a shirt. We love that kind of versatility! In Black Herringbone and Glen.
You can see what else we have in stock right here. We promise to let you know as new items come in.
14 July 2020. Our summer plans this year are going to involve as many simple outdoor evenings as possible. Any night we can eat a meal outside, on our porch, on our stoop, in a nearby park, we're gonna do it. When it's really hot and we don't feel like cooking, dinner can be cheese, bread, fruit, crackers, hard boiled eggs, sardines from a can, olives...you get the idea.
So if we don't have to cook dinner, maybe we'll have a little energy to make dessert? Especially if it's ice cream.
Here are a few ice cream recipes from the archives of Food and Wine Magazine that look so summery and delicious:
Ricotta Ice Cream with Honey and Almonds
Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream
Condensed-Milk Ice Cream with Black Sesame Polvoron
We love our linen coated trays for helping us carry food and drink to our outdoor meal spot. We've just re-stocked some of our best selling patterns too.
Here's to taking it outside!