Fibre Briefing: Linen

Linen has long been the fabric of choice for staying stylish in the heat. Its naturally hollow fibres make it highly water-absorbent and breathable. Its natural crispness gently drapes the fabric to hang away from the body, keeping the wearer cool and comfortable.

Although it boasts healthy environmental credentials, linen remains a luxury fabric due to the painstaking care needed to prepare the fibres. These come from the blue-flowered flax plant, grown chiefly in cooler climates such as in W…