This is a fabric with an ancient past, and a reputation for enduring even the longest passage of time. Linen carries undertones of the Egyptians, who once used it as a currency, and draws on thousands of years of painstaking craft and care.
It also embodies a certain kind of holiness – a purity of material and form that can be felt in its fibres, which have been used for everything from books to bowstrings.
Linen is both the epitome of correctness – don't forget the days when a linen handkerchief tucked into the pocket was an elegant essential – as well as a loose, less structured take on dressing.
As summer arrives, linen once more finds its place in our wardrobes – renewed and ready to sail out into the breeze.