No smell of the factory, no factory seams, no perfect ironing - only a handmade item in its best way.
This beautiful outlook is how NOT PERFECT LINEN describes their ethical and eco-friendly products. A small family of creatives based in Vilnius, Lithuania, has built a brand with the intent to handcraft quality items with a greater purpose. Here is an excerpt from their mission statement,
"For us, creating handmade goods brings the sense of community and it is like a protest against mass produced goods. We do not make things just to make money. The items are not just for profit. We make goods that involve years of learned skills, passion, commitment and sincerity."
All of their products are made with fine quality linen offered in a variety of colors. From jumpsuits to aprons to table cloths, each piece boasts of this practical yet luscious fabric.
"Linen (flax) is a healthy and non – waste product of nature. For us it is very important that it does not have any detrimental effects on our earth and ecology. We strongly believe that only thoughtfully selected fabrics from local manufacturers, simple cuts of clothes which usually suits all ages, shapes and sizes, that have a lovely loose fit and relaxed look of the piece is our strength and the best we can offer for our customers. We avoid anything that is not essential for the garment (intricate cuts, non - comfortable fit, zippers, excess details etc.) leaving the priority to the clean and versatile look. Why we work with linen? The beauty of linen is that it is not perfect. If you keep trying to iron it, you will definitely miss the beauty of it. Linen needs to be used and it gets better with age. Linen pieces can be compared to old English leather shoes or old mechanical Swiss watches – all of these things are not new or perfect but are definitely more valuable than any new. We are glad to share with something irregular and something that is not perfect."
When I first discovered NOT PERFECT LINEN through Instagram, I was immediately drawn to not only the rustic and minimalistic designs of their clothing but the fabric that so beautifully catches light and shadows. Lately, I've come to develop a great love for linen. Knowing it will last and enable me to get dressed quickly and easily is a definite plus. Choosing versatile low maintenance pieces made with high quality and sustainable fabrics is extremely important to me.
Upon receiving the tank in amber yellow and the light elephant grey jumpsuit in the mail, I was immediately impressed by their special attention to detail and the substaintial feel of the fabric. Each piece feels so soft against my skin while hanging in the most comfortable fit to move with my body while holding its overall shape. Each can be dressed up or down allowing them to meet my versatile clothing approval.
I can't begin to express how inspired I am by this company - not just due to their beautiful pieces. Their passion motivates me to push forward and continue raising awareness for ethical and sustainable fashion while pursuing my own dreams and goals. Companies like theirs definitely give a sense of warmth and love through their products and build communities dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.