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Toujours designer Shimeno Masayo has always sought out the finest fabrics for her collections; this season we see our very own Irish linen featured alongside the usual fine silk, wool and cotton blends.

Three Irish linen garments are a deep shade of indigo, with a soft and comfortable washed finish that only improves with age and further laundering. They work equally well together or as separates. The Thai style wide pant comes in black as well as the indigo chambray cloth.

Pure linen fabrics, made of flax fibres, are characterised by a pleasant and cool handle. The absorption and natural antibacterial properties of linen by far outclass other fibres, plus it’s ability to conduct heat away from the body, make it a particularly good choice in warm climates.

Irish linen is woven today in a handful of mills in the traditional linen lands in the north, between the rivers Bann and Lagan. Skills passed down through generations, learned over many hundreds of years, continue to be applied and ancient techniques refined. At one point, over 40% of our working population were employed in the linen industry - practically every town and village had a mill or a factory. By 1921 there were almost one million spindles and 37,000 looms working, with over 70,000 directly employed. Now only eight of these mills carry on commercial production.

Images: notsohardwork.com & envoyofbelfast.com

Toujours Irish Linen Big T-Shirt *sold out
Toujours Irish Linen Tailored Cardigan Jacket
Toujours Indigo Blue Irish Linen Thai Style Wide Pants *sold out
CDG X DM Burgundy Adrian Loafer
Toujours Off White Dobby Soft Voile Shirt *sold out
Toujours Black Irish Linen Thai Style Wide Pants
Toujours Smoke Blue Loopwheeler Jersey Big T-Shirt
Toujours Blue Cotton Stripe Baggy Pants
Toujours Blue Cotton Stripe SS Shirt Dress
Toujours White Loopwheeler Jersey Big T-Shirt
Toujours White Loopwheeler Jersey Basque Shirt
Toujours Navy Drawstring Suspender Skirt *sold out
Toujours Navy Chambray Overlap Vest

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