thanksgiving brass

18 November 2021. Dark, moody, cold: we've got that November-ish feeling in our bones. And we mean that in the best of ways, as with November comes a sense of anticipation about warm and cozy gatherings with friends and family. 

Inspired by this photo of a good looking piece of pie with our brass dessert fork, we went on a quest for the perfect recipe. To us, this looks like a custard pie, and our search turned up a custard tart with cream and fresh fruit by Claire Saffitz. The ingredients are simple, the instructions pretty straight forward and we're going to give it a go! 

If you're looking to add some sparkle to your holiday servings, our brass dessert forks are ready to grace your table. You can find them here, along with all of our brass ware.

Here's to wishing you a good November. May your gatherings be safe and peaceful, and may your pies be delicious. 

wool linen remnant slippers

4 November 2021. Slipper season is here! These wool/linen slippers from Fog Linen Work are our favorite for keeping cozy all winter. The perfect blend of form and function, this 'one size' slipper is made by creatively re-purposing wool/linen remnants. The sole is a many-layered base of quilted fabric and features two leather bands for traction. The interior footbed is lined with linen and the upper is wool/linen. Edges are not 'finished' or bound.

Casual and breathable, this is an indoor slipper, just right for wearing around the house and not meant for outdoors.  

Each pair is hand crafted from a variety of fabric remnants, and color choices are assorted.

These slippers are "one size" and will comfortably fit a women's US size 8 at max.

Please note the sizing info below. 

one size: interior footbed is 9.5"long, 4.5"widest point
*this will comfortably fit a women's US size 8 at max.
50% wool, 50% linen 
spot clean or hand-wash, lay flat to dry

You can find them on our website here. Stay cozy!

wool linen for winter 2021-22

26 October 2021. Winter clothing's here! Featuring some beautiful wool linen blends, linen denims, and a mix of our medium and heavier weight linens, these versatile pieces are going to become our winter staples. We hope they'll become yours too. 

While you're probably familiar with linen, we wanted to take a moment to explain what makes this year's wool linen blend so special. While there's minimal wool production in Lithuania where our linen is made, there's plenty of recycled wool material. Produced at an old factory in Lithuania, the same one where our linen is woven, wool linen is a blend of 50% recycled wool and 50% linen. The fabric has a dense weave and a texture that's soft and smooth, with a light to medium weight. This season's blend has a higher wool content than previous years, and when combined with linen has resulted in our softest wool blend yet. 

Here's a selection of some favorites so far.  

Mel Dress: In a wool linen, Mel is in the running to be your winter uniform. We love the band collar and the gathering across the neck and shoulders which gives the dress beautiful detailing and drape. 

Kiki Dress: Your winter uniform part II. A simple boxy shape with lots of room in the body, Kiki is ready for you to layer under or over as your heart desires. In a heavier linen denim that's sure to keep you cozy all winter. 

Gigi Skirt: Simple in design, Gigi comes in some beautiful plaid and check linen patterns this season, just waiting to be paired with your favorite sweater on top. With pockets to stash your stuff and keep your hands warm. 

Lala Apron DressA favorite for layering all winter long, Lala is a lovely take on an apron dress. We love pairing it with a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck and jeans or leggings underneath. Add a favorite cardigan over the top for extra warmth. In a heavier weight linen.

Ally Coat Dress: Tailored across the shoulders with an a-line shape through the body, Ally is beautiful and elegant. To be worn as a coat or a dress depending on your mood and/or the weather. There's room to layer underneath should you need extra protection on a chilly day. In a burgundy wool linen, a herringbone linen and a black/natural check linen. 

Lucy Coat: An unstructured robe coat with a shawl collar and a removable belt, we love the elegant silhouette of this piece. Timeless, we see this one being a favorite in our wardrobe for many years to come. In a black wool linen and a navy wool linen. 

Lightweight Wool Leggings: A perennial favorite, these leggings are the perfect thing to layer under our winter collection. In a great selection of colors to warm your way through winter. 

You can see all of our winter collection right this way!



fall clothing 2021


7 September 2021. Our Fall 2021 clothing has arrived just in time for the change of season. Sorry summer, but we do love fall! There's a really lovely range of color in this season's collection, from deep reds and blush pinks, to strong blues and warm ochres. We're looking forward to mixing and matching these shades together for a cheerful punch of color in every outfit.

Here are a few of our favorites this season.

Anne Apron Dress: A pinafore style apron dress, this one lends itself well to all kinds of layering. We love it with a pretty collared shirt underneath and a jacket on top. In Sapphire, Black Houndstooth, and Acier.

Jen Jacket: A take on the classic work coat, this one has lots of pockets to stash your stuff. The perfect fall jacket, we love the pointed collar and the unstructured, casual fit. In Ochre and Grey Blue.

Lindsey Overall: So wearable and comfy, we want to live in these. Roomy through the middle, perfect for layering over your favorite sweaters and shirts. With adjustable shoulder straps. In Ochre and Grey Blue. 

Chloe Dress: Simple, pretty, and elegant all in one flattering, flowing dress. With a v-neck, a gently gathered skirt and pockets.  In Nuit, Rose and Brick Red. 

Zoe Shirt: With a pointed shirt collar, a button placket, and a sweet ribbon tie detail at the back of the neck. A dropped shoulder and a shirt tail hem give this shirt a lovely full drape. Great with a skirt or pants, dressed up or down. In Albatre, Noah, and Glen Check. 

Robin Pants: A perennial favorite, Robin is a sarouel-style pant with an elasticized waist, a drop crotch and tapered legs. Casual and comfortable, Robin works with all sorts of tops, tunics and sweaters. An easy pick for fall. In Ice Grey, Caffee and Black.

Eri Vest: A long  v-neck vest dress that opens in the front and fastens with a belt on the side. An a-line shape gives you room and ease through the body. This is such a wonderful layering piece that's sure to keep you warm all fall and winter. In Grey Blue and Ice Grey.

You can see all of our new fall clothing over here

2022 calendar cloths

31 August 2021. Just in time for the end of summer and the start of fall, 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 our collective bated breath.

While 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. 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. They make wonderful gifts and you may want to keep one for yourself too.

Each cloth features an artist's unique design that conjures a mood or sentiment to usher in the new year. This year, we welcome back the work of artists Isabelle Boinot and Mayumi Kuchihiro, with illustrations ranging from jam making and a classic French breakfast, to simple depictions of seasonal fruits and favorite kitchen ware. 

You can see all of our calendar cloth options here.

linen meter fabric craft projects

2 July 2021. We have often been asked if we would consider selling Fog Linen Work fabric. We're happy to announce that the stars have aligned and we now have it in stock. We've been able to get some gorgeous pieces, all in one meter lengths, perfect for crafting projects this summer and beyond. 

Each piece of fabric comes in a one meter length, which is a little over three feet of fabric, a fair amount to work with for a variety of projects.

We've been very inspired by the projects in Fog Linen Work founder Yumiko Sekine's new book, Simplicity at HomeThere's a chapter in her book on using fabric scraps, and we see these linen pieces being used in a variety of ways, from curtains to cushion covers, tote bags, coverlets, scarves and clothing. 

These one meter lengths come right off the end of the bolts at the linen factory we work with in Lithuania, so you can expect slubs and little imperfections in the fabric, it's all part of the charm of linen. We love that these last bits of fabric can be used and that nothing is going to waste.

As with any sewing or crafting project, we recommend machine washing your fabric in cold water before using as it shrinks by about 5%. You can air dry it for less shrinkage or machine dry it on low for a softer texture and a little more shrinkage. 

And just a friendly reminder: please choose your fabric carefully, as this item cannot be returned.  

We hope these pieces will inspire you to make something wonderful!

You can find the entire fabric selection here



Summer Clothing Part Two

17 June 2021. Summer is in full swing, and our second drop of summer clothing has just landed. We've been looking forward to this next round, there are so many good things. We've got new dresses and tops and new colors in some styles from the first drop. Here are just a few highlights:

The Asha Top: With a cute collar and delicate pleats across the front, this short sleeve top looks great tucked in or worn loose. Buttons down the back, this shirt can be worn reversibly. In three gorgeous colors: Rose, Ivoire, and Blue Indigo. How to choose?

The Christine Top: Simple and perfect. A tank that's wide in the body, giving you space for keeping cool. In Black, Albatre, and Ciel (aka the perfect summer sky blue).

The June Dress: June is the dress we want to wear all summer long. Sleeveless, with a subtle gather just above the bust line that gives the dress a gentle a-line shape. In Black and Blue Indigo. 

The Clare Dress: You loved it in Rose, now it's back in Erica, a dark navy with an elegant white pinstripe. There's lovely detailing on this dress, it's a real favorite.

The Maybelle Dress: This one has a vintage sailor dress vibe that we adore. With a buttoned bodice, a notched collar, soft pleats at the waist and room in the body. In Ambre and Ardoise. 

See all of our new clothing arrivals here

favorite insta accounts

10 June 2021. When we send our products out into the world, we often wonder where they land. Thanks to #shopfoglinen on Instagram, sometimes we get the chance to find out! It's really fun to see how folks are using Fog Linen Work in their lives.

We've been inspired by the following accounts who have tagged their Fog Linen Work items in action on Instagram recently:

@alysonsimplygrows Just looking at Alyson's feed makes us want to run off to the country. Her photos of her garden, home, and intentional life style are calming and beautiful.

@sevenlakesinn If you're looking for someplace to vacation on the East Coast the newly refurbished Seven Lakes Inn in Maine looks dreamy. It's on our wishlist of places to travel this summer. For now, we'll live vicariously through their photos.

@_chicadeoro We're finding Virgina Calderón's account to be a fun mix of design and fashion inspiration. Loving the bright and sunny vibes we're getting from her photos of life in LA. 

@besspier is another account we've been enjoying lately. Her photos of simple interiors and country life in Maine are lovely. She also posts about her farm and flowers over at @hitchfootfarm.

As always, if you feel like tagging us in your Instagram posts and stories, just use #shopfoglinen. You can find us on Instagram @shopfoglinen. We'd love to see how you use Fog Linen Work at home.

2021 Summer Clothing Collection

June 1 2021. Are you ready for summer? We are. And we've got the summer clothing to prove it--at least, the first shipment. This collection hits all the right notes with pieces that combine comfort, style and the most beautiful little details that make each piece unique. Here's a list of a few of our favorites, it was so hard to choose only a few.

Eliana Pants: An easy pull-on pant with an elasticized waist and full leg that tapers to a cropped ankle. A summer go to!  In Acier, Albatre, Black and Nuit.

Debee Pants: With a wide full leg that hits mid calf, Debee looks like a skirt, but acts like a pant, making it super versatile and comfy. Dress this one up or down, depending on your mood. In Black and Sapphire.

Maria Dress: Maria is a lovely take on a bib front apron dress. Comfy through the middle with an a-line shape and perfect for layering with a tee or tank all summer. We also see this over long sleeves or leggings on a cooler day. In Black and Grey Blue.

Mio Top: Mio, my oh! On a hot day this light weight linen top is going to keep you cool. Loose fitting with a v neck and cap sleeves. Soft shirring along the shoulders in the front, and gathering across the shoulders in the back adds nice detailing. In Acier, Ficelle, White.

Sasha Top: An easy pullover top with a pointed shirt collar and a shell button placket. Short wide sleeves and a boxy shape are sure to keep you cool and comfortable all summer. In Mais and White.

Clare Dress: We love the details on the Clare Dress. Featuring a banded collar with a five shell button placket, Clare has a soft gather right above the bust, giving the dress a simple a-line shape and an easy flowing fit. Good for wearing on repeat all summer long. In Rose.

Jess Dress: A sleeveless tiered dress, with a v-neck, gathering at the waist and a deep ruffle at the hem. Just the right amount of detail gives this dress the kind of subtle flair we love. In Olive.

You can see all the summer looks in our clothing section.  

history of the handkerchief

5 April 2021. You know those things you take for granted, like the humble pocket handkerchief? Ever wonder about their history? No? Well, we did, and here's what we found. 

Although some sources say the cloth handkerchief was popularized by King Richard II of England in the 14th century, references to handkerchiefs have been found as early as the first century BC in the writings of the Roman poet, Catullus. Used widely in a utilitarian manner, such as a brow wiper or for general cleaning purposes, the handkerchief can also be found in the folk dance traditions of many cultures, from West Africa to the Balkans, to the British Isles.

The word "kerchief" comes from the French couvrir, meaning “to cover,” and chef, which means “head.” As people began using smaller cloths for a variety of purposes other than a head covering, the word "hand" was added, and the term "handkerchief" was coined.

Until the late 20th century, when paper tissues became the norm, having a handkerchief at the ready on your person was essential, and it eventually evolved into a fashion statement in the form of the "pocket square" and the "neckerchief".

We love seeing a handkerchief as a bright peek of color and pattern in someone's chest pocket or worn around the neck as a scarf. 

We find them useful when we're on the go, on a picnic, as an impromptu napkin, or to wrap a sandwich or snack. New hankies are a beautiful way to wrap a small gift as well. 

We've got a selection of linen handkerchiefs in a variety of colors and patterns. Checks, plaids, ginghams, and solids, take your pick! We think you'll love the bit of interest they add to your outfit or your pocket. And no pun intended, but they are super handy.

See them all here.