The Line Style in Context

The Line is a modern and personal approach to retail. We bring together carefully chosen fashion, home, and beauty items and place them in context through inspiring editorial features and intimate offline shopping experiences. The thematic, seasonal, and handpicked assortments we call Selections offer another way to explore our evolving edit of things you’ll wear, use, and treasure for years to come.

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Lustrous Linen:
A Most Useful Textile

The ancient Egyptians were onto something with linen, a textile so versatile and valuable that they used it as a currency as well as for clothing themselves and wrapping mummies. Botanists were similarly impressed, weaving a compliment into the Latin name for flax: Linum usitatissimum translates to “most useful linen.”

Thousands of years later, the rugged fibers of the flax plant are still being transformed into linen, prized for its strength, durability, and luster. The high absorbency makes it especially desirable in the warmer months, and below we’ve assembled some of our favorite uses, from breathable bedding to effortless summer trousers. When other fabrics are soggy and clinging, linen keeps its cool.

Lustrous Linen: A Most Useful Textile

Lustrous Linen:
A Most Useful Textile

The ancient Egyptians were onto something with linen, a textile so versatile and valuable that they used it as a currency as well as for clothing themselves and wrapping mummies. Botanists were similarly impressed, weaving a compliment into the Latin name for flax: Linum usitatissimum translates to “most useful linen.”

Thousands of years later, the rugged fibers of the flax plant are still being transformed into linen, prized for its strength, durability, and luster. The high absorbency makes it especially desirable in the warmer months, and below we’ve assembled some of our favorite uses, from breathable bedding to effortless summer trousers. When other fabrics are soggy and clinging, linen keeps its cool.