January 14, 2015

Caught the Lady's Eye: The Textiles Edition

As lovers of great clothing, it should come as no surprise we're also lovers of great textiles. And with so many talented makers, weavers and independent mills churning out beautiful and original goods, great textile inspiration seems to be all around us these days.

Maybe it's because we're trying to freshen things up at home for the new year, but for whatever reason, one thing that's been catching our eye is home textiles. In celebration of all the talented people crafting beautiful soft goods, from multi-use kitchen towels to blankets that stand the test of time, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite makers.

Local craftswoman Molly de Vries started Ambatalia out of concern for all the avoidable waste produced in our everyday lives. Her solution? "Sustainable, multi-use, every day linens for a non-disposable life," all crafted by hand in the Bay Area. We especially love her 10-in-1 Furoshiki wrapping cloth - an apron, grocery bag, and more in one - to help us cut back on our own plastic use in the new year.

 

Fog Linen Work's mission is to "design and distribute an honest, beautiful and long-lasting product." Founder Yumiko Sekine started the company 10 years ago when she couldn't find the quality of linen she was used to in Europe and America anywhere in Japan. Since then she's grown seven initial offerings into an entire home line, sold at her Tokyo boutique and online shop, all touting gorgeous, simple design.

The only mill in Canada still making blankets with 100% virgin wool yarn, MacAusland Woolen Mills on Prince Edward Isle is a family run business that's been making their own yarn and blankets since 1932. Starting with homespun yarn and weaving it with care results in a quality blanket that lasts and lasts, as was made clear when a customer returned in recent years to have the edges of a woolen blanket purchased before WWII re-hemmed. Looks like the MacAusland blanket is just the thing to keep us warm this winter -- and every winter to come.