Last week we gave you a treat by launching our first – hopefully of many more to come – Linen styles, Basil and Thyme, which we are, as with all of our releases to date, very proud of.
These two models came at the right time for us, as the Summer is very much as its peak, and Linen is well-known as a Summer fabric, but also because it brought us a new and exciting fabric to work with and introduce you to after our initial Spring release and before we start revealing the collections that are to come later this year.
Sadly, while Linen is a very noble material that has been used for thousands of years, and was once common in mainland Europe, including Portugal, it is now hard to find pure Linen, as both growing flax and turning it into the fabric that we know are very intensive and extensive processes.
Through a collaboration with a linen cloth brand NAHTUR DESIGN from northern Germany, we found our Linen in Austria, where flax cultivated under organic practices in France and Belgium is woven and dyed as individual yarn using GOTS certified pigments, ensuring that this fabric is safe for all – workers as well as users – and meets high quality standards.
While sustainability, both in the environmental as well as economic sense, is subject to the use you make of this product, we can happily say that these shoes are eco-friendly according to our standards, as they are vegan and expected to be durable, thus extending their life cycle, as Linen is quite resistant to abrasion, much like Hemp, which we have used from the start.
Speaking of Basil and Thyme, the two models are subtly coloured with a green and rosy hue, respectively, which results from the individual dying of yarn before weaving, as the fabric features a mix of natural and coloured material, giving it the Panama effect that adds to the charming textured look of the shoe.
These models are a limited edition for now, but we certainly look forward to work with Linen again in the future.