19 September 2018.  This fall we're introducing some new characters around here. Meet our new shoe, and our new love, the RAKU Babush.  As you can see, she's elegant and simple, and gets along perfectly with our Fall clothing lineup.

A leather, slipper-like shoe with a natural crepe sole and a brass cone / leather fringe detail, the Babush is suitable for both casual and formal occasions. 

The Babush comes with an interesting back story as well.  RAKU founder Miki Nagamine created her line of shoes as a tool to enrich one's life. After making moccasins in Tokyo, she moved to Mexico where she began RAKU, a name derived from the Japanese concept of comfort and joy. Each pair is hand-made with high quality vegetable tanned leather and production is done with great respect for the materials and the earth.

We are thrilled to be carrying the RAKU brand here at Shop Fog Linen and are so pleased to be introducing our customers to Babush!  We hope you'll love her as much as we do.


27 August 2018.  The air is getting crisper, the days a bit shorter, and fall is on the horizon.  This autumn we are introducing some beautiful new colors into our clothing line.  Shades of burnt orange, deep berry red, raisin, olive, and a navy and white pinstripe that harkens back to haberdashery of days gone by, are all a part of this autumn's color palette.

Beautiful on their own, and stunning when combined, as in the above photo of the Luisa tunic with the Lidia wrap dress, we hope you'll enjoy a bright shot of color this fall as much as we do.  

Along with new colors, we're offering some new silhouettes that have an artistic, painterly feel about them.

We can't wait to wear the peasant blouse-inspired Maria top with its lovely gathered neckline and tailored cuffs.  

We're also loving the elegant long Stacy skirt, offered in four gorgeous new colors for fall: Carmin, Crevette, Praline, and Erica.

And the simple and classic Romina shirt with its tuxedo front placket will perfectly compliment your favorite pair of jeans all season. 

Top it off with the Mara coat, offered in both Green Herringbone  and Black and your fall wardrobe is complete!

 


24 August 2018.  After a summer of wearing sandals and going barefoot our feet need some pampering.  Our linen slippers and floor mats are just the thing!  

Breathable linen and luxe leather bottoms make these slippers perfect for cruising around the house. Simple, functional, and comfortable, the sizing is unisex, M or L. 

And we've just gotten a new shipment of linen floor mats!  Fog once again takes its seasonal remnant tapes and knits up one heck of floor mat. We love it as a bath mat, but it would also be perfect bed-side.  Each mat is unique and while we cannot promise a particular color-way, we think you'll love each and every one as much as we do.  

Your feet will thank you!  


02 August 2018.  Fresh, clear lake water.  Ocean waves.  Swimming pool. Take your pick and dive in!  But, don't forget your towel!  We'd like to recommend a couple of ours to take with you.  

Our Linen Chambray Towel is made from thick chambray weave linen that is long-lasting and absorbent. Each towel has a handy loop sewn in for hanging.

If you decide to put these in the dryer, they are going to shrink up slightly, but get really soft and that's what makes these even better! The Chambray towel comes in three excellent colors for summer, Grey,  Natural Stripe, and Navy Stripe

Or, how about our Linen Waffle Towel in both natural and white?
Based on traditional European towels, Fog uses raw linen to create a textile that is long-lasting and gets softer & more absorbent with each wash. Plus, the waffle texture gently exfoliates as you dry.  We offer these in large and xtra large sizes in both natural and white.

These towels will get you dry in a jiffy and look great in the process.

Now go take a swim!


11 July 2018.  We love this beautiful image of freshly picked fruit with our Black Herringbone Kitchen Cloth.  

In all honesty, it's up for debate exactly which fruit appears in this picture.  It could be cherries, cherry tomatoes, or plums.  We're not entirely sure.  

So, we'd like to share three easy and delicious summer recipes to suit each of these options.

Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Rustic Plum Tart

Cherry Buttermilk Clafoutis

Extra Credit Reading: 3 Ways to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

Happy summer cooking! 


01 July 2018.  What's your favorite meal to eat outside?  Morning coffee in a sunny spot on the patio?  Sunset refreshments on the porch?  Dinner under the stars in the backyard?  We'll take all of the above during our short but sweet New England summers.  

Bringing all of the provisions outdoors however, requires assistance.  Our lovely and practical linen coated trays are at the ready.  Available in three sizes, these trays come in many of the same patterns as our kitchen and table linens.  

We're loving the combination of fresh figs, cheese, and crackers on the natural and grey thin white stripe pattern trays pictured above in size small.  

For more inspiration on what to put on your tray, Becky Krystal's article on building the ultimate cheese board (or tray as the case may be) will come in handy for sure.   
And this book, Platters and Boards: Beautiful Spreads for Every Occasion by Shelly Westerhausen, is full of beautiful ideas for bringing your meals outdoors.


26 June 2018. We're excited to see the evolution of miiThaaii, Fog Linen founder Yumiko Sekine's newer collection of clothing and accessories.  Launched in 2017 as a developing brand under the aegis of Fog Linen Work, miiThaaii made its debut focusing on products made of 100% checked cotton lungi material from India.  While these materials and shapes still influence the collection, 2018 introduces  blocks of vibrant color with each item individually garment dyed in Japan. The resulting fabric is rich in color, soft, and breathable--perfect for summer weather.

Here at Shop Fog Linen, we will be offering miThaaii clothing in the form of a limited collection online pop-up shop.  There will not be a re-stock, but we are always able to special order an item for you. We hope you will enjoy this special limited collection!


20 June 2018.  Summer is moments away and we are enjoying the longer days!  But when it's finally time to hit the hay, we depend on the naturally cool fiber of linen to keep us comfortable on hot summer nights.  Know for its breathability, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties linen is a great choice for summer.

As we switch out the winter bedding for something more summery, we are super excited to introduce our new gray white stripe linen pillow cases and duvet covers.  This pattern has always been one of our favorites!  It's exclusive to SFL, and we are delighted that we can now make our beds with it. 

Add one of our cotton or chambray stripe linen blankets , pictured above, and your summer bedding is all set.


15 June 2018.  Our summer clothing collection has landed and our favorite design feature is something simple, yet essential.  Pockets! 

Designer, Yumiko Seikine has added pockets to this summer's pants, skirts and dresses and we couldn't be happier.  Whether it's that collection of shells we picked up at the beach, or some loose change to buy a treat from the ice cream truck, we need someplace quick and easy to stash the little stuff.  

We're loving the simple side pockets on the Alison pants and the Martha pants.  And a dress with pockets?  What could be better?  You'll find them tucked along the side on the Steph dress, the Susanna dress, the Debi dress and the Emelie dress, just to name a few.  

We hope you'll find these pockets as handy as we do.


1 June 2018.   It's almost summertime around these parts, which means farmer's markets, local fruits and vegetables, and meals that are bursting with fresh flavors.  We're ready to dust off our favorite summer recipes and start cooking!

Recently, this recipe for fresh corn chowder via Erin Boyle's blog, Reading My Tea Leaves caught our eye.  Using summer corn, green peppers, scallions, chives, vidalia onions and a dash of smoked paprika, this soup is one we'll be trying out as soon as we see that first ear of corn at the farmer's market.  

And while we're cooking, we're keeping our trusty linen kitchen cloths on hand to help with cleaning up any mess we may make in the process.  We're partial to the Jenn pattern pictured here.  You can find our Jenn kitchen cloths and napkins in the kitchen and table sections of our shop.

Photo credit: Erin Boyle