• While all linen clothing is made from the Flax plant, there is only one FLAX brand of linen clothing, long recognized for its quality and style!  The first step of making linen is harvesting the stalk of the flax plant, which is then dried, separated, and prepared for weaving. The now-transformed flax plant is spun into yarn and woven into linen fabric. This linen fabric constitutes the entirety of almost every piece of FLAX clothing, apart from the Urban FLAX Collections (which features cotton-knit accents), a few pieces with specialty textured fabrics (most of which are blends of linen and cotton), and their popular Cotton Knit Leggings!
  • Linen is prehistoric!  Archaeological records show that people may have been using linen for over 36,000 years-- making linen one of the oldest fabrics in the world! In fact, woven linen may have been produced before human societies even had written language!
  • The FLAX brand was started by two sisters in Ithaca, New York twenty five years ago. Their journey into linen fashion began when they started creating and selling linen clothing to incredible success at a local farmer’s market. After finding immense demand for their classic, comfortable styles in a unique array of dyes, they expanded their clothing to markets worldwide, becoming a mainstay in the linen clothing industry! 
  • FLAX linen clothing is “still produced and sewn in the same Worker-owned, Women-operated factories in Lithuania” since the brand launched over 25yrs ago!  The production of FLAX clothing revives the linen harvesting traditions of Eastern Europe and uplifts local women by creating fair-paid and safe job opportunities! 
  • FLAX offers linen in a variety of weights, designed to be worn year-round! Ranging from the lightest Handkerchief-weight linen to the heaviest Homespun linen, along with other specialty textures such as Honeycomb, Fleur-de-Lis, Chainstitch, Panama, Raw Linen, and Rivel, the wearability of FLAX follows your needs from season to season!
  • On every FLAX tag, there is a hidden positive message!  FLAX believes your outer beauty should reflect your inner beauty, and the positive mantras on each tag promote just that. Look for these cleverly-placed Easter eggs and find something special every time.
  • Each season, FLAX offers New and Exciting Collections, featuring New Colors & Styles!  In addition to the classic Black, White, Natural and Cream colors that return each year, the New Collections bring a fresh take on linen, welcoming original styles, textures, and dyes into the mix!  For example, the UnderFLAX collections offer 100% Handkerchief-weight Linen, in bright florals, subtle pinstripes, and classic solids that intermix for a fun and flowing look.  Meanwhile, the Urban collections also feature Handkerchief-weight Linen, but in this case, it has been "steam-crunched," to provide a more natural, crinkled texture, with cotton knit trim, and offered in softer washed colors, for a more relaxed and sporty style.  These two signature FLAX Collections have a completely different look and feel, proving just how versatile they really are!
  • As a plant-derived fabric, linen fabric is entirely biodegradable! Linen is one of the most sustainable clothing options-- a point of pride for the FLAX brand!
  • Linen has numerous inherent protective qualities!  Linen is non-irritant and non-allergenic, which is especially great for sensitive skin. Even more, linen offers protection from UV rays! 
  • Linen works great in hot weather!  Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight without feeling damp. In addition, linen is more conductive to heat and permeable to air than any other fabric, making it the perfect choice for a sunny day clothing!
  • The flax plant is multifunctional!  Eating flax seeds can offer various health benefits, and are often taken as dietary supplements to aid with conditions including heart disease and diabetes.
  • Unlike other brands, FLAX linen clothing does not shrink after washes-- a rare feat indeed!  All garments come pre-washed and pre-dried, using an eco-friendly softener, to prevent shrinkage later on, making FLAX some of the most resilient linen clothing in the game! 

The unique character of both linen, and the FLAX brand, distinguishes them from all else-- and we’re very proud of that! Their story is not just how, but why FLAX has become a mainstay in the fashion industry. We know that here at Linen Woman they are utterly irreplaceable!  

To quote a wise message from a FLAX Tunic that has really supported me through the years:    “A thousand mile journey begins with one step.” 

~ Sophia, J.Fenton Gallery (Williamsburg, VA)