Slow Fashion – ft. Linenfox
September 13, 2018
One day browsing Etsy for some zero waste cutlery, I randomly decided to search “ethical clothing” in the Etsy search bar to see what would pop up. After scrolling through quite a few impressive shops, I stumbled upon Linenfox that exclusively sells linen clothing out of Lithuania. I immediately fell in love with their pieces and decided I wanted to give their wrap dress a try. Drooling over their pine green wrap dress, I popped it in my cart and submitted my order.
Typical Samantha, I completely missed the note on their Etsy page that said, “Please note that our production time is 3-4 weeks now” and wondered why my dress still hadn’t been delivered two weeks later. The anticipation build-up was real and I was itching to get my hands on my new linen dress.
For those unaware (which was me only a few weeks ago), linen is one of the most sustainable fabrics on the planet. It comes from the flax plant which, incidentally, requires far less water than needed for growing cotton. Flax plants also typically require less pesticides (although you could avoid these altogether by searching for organic linen).
An important note: there are different standards to which linen can be made. The European standard and… well, not the European standard. Make sure when you’re purchasing linen pieces that the company you bought it from is following the European standard because it has far more rigorous regulations and it follows more natural and low-impact methods. Ultimately, these pieces are significantly more sustainable.
When I opened my package from Linenfox I could not have been more thrilled with my choice. The quality of this linen is thick and luxurious. Thick in the sense that the quality of the linen was immediately apparent the moment I touched it. The beauty of linen is that it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (magic, that is) and so I knew I’d be able to easily wear this beautiful piece across multiple seasons.
These pictures were shot straight out of the packaging, hence the wrinkles, but I’ve since learned that by tumble drying lightly and then hanging up to finish drying the wrinkles will be far less apparent. However, I definitely don’t mind the odd wrinkle for character!
All in all, I’m beyond thrilled with my linen dress from Linenfox and I feel that I’ll extra cherish the dress knowing just how carefully made it was and how long it took to get into these anxious hands. Developing patience for higher quality, more ethical and sustainably-made clothing, makes the wear that much more meaningful. I promise you, that feeling is absolutely worth the wait.