Linen is a signature yarn for Country Road that is used throughout all our collections. Its unique texture is instantly recognisable: it is crisp yet soft with a divine drape. Over time it gets softer and silkier, becoming even more luxurious with every wash.
As well as being a beautiful yarn, linen is also one of the strongest fibres, meaning it enjoys an extended life cycle and lasts longer than other materials. Cool to touch, breathable and absorbent, linen is perfect for high temperatures. When left untreated it is completely biodegradable.
Linen is made from the flax plant, and was the first fibre to be woven into fabric. Flax is fast growing, does not need to be irrigated, and requires less water and pesticides than most crops. It is a bast fibre, which means the fibres are combed from the stalk of the plant, and are then refined and spun into yarn. The time and care needed to create linen adds to its luxury standing.
Organically grown linen
Organically grown linen is farmed without the use of pesticides, and is therefore kinder to the earth and to the people working the fields. We use organically grown linen throughout the business, and look to credible third party certifications like the Organic Content Standard and Global Organic Textile Standard to verify it.
We use Irish linen throughout our men’s collections, sourced from Baird McNutt. The fourth generation Irish mill is defined by tradition and prides itself in using techniques that date back over 100 years.
Our French linen is sourced from the flax fields of Normandy. The climate is cool, dry and sunny – the sun dries out the flax stalks before harvest, a process that leads to a more luxurious final product.
Ramie has similar characteristics to linen, in that it has an inherent stiffness and an open weave. It breathes well and is incredibly strong.
Ramie fibres are some of the oldest in the world and are sourced from Chinese Nettle, which is native to East Asia. It is naturally growing and biodegradable.
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