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Classic Meets Avant-Garde with Linen Textiles at the Helm

Linen is sitting pretty as fresh faced designers choose its luster filled weave to create their high fashions for the runway at Parson School of Design.

Linen, the classic fabric is hard at work helping designers reinvent the wheel when it comes to their avant-garde designs. Linen is becoming the go-to luxury fabric for the runway.

Parson School of Design
Parson School of Design

“Linen fabrics have been reported ever since humans learned to make fabrics, and from many civilizations,” says Margaret Frey, professor of fiber science and apparel design at Cornell University. “Linen is harvested from the stalk flax plant, which grows in cooler climates than cotton and is robust against insects and drought and is also quite beautiful.” Designer Eileen Fischer has been using Linen as the staple textile in her collections for decades and it looks like the young New York Fashion scene is taking notice.

Linen Fashion
Linen fashion gets noticed

Ulster Linen was recently asked to sponsor the linen textiles for Parsons School of Design MFA student Venice Wanakornkul. Venice was chosen to debut her high fashion linen collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Ulster Linen was able to attend the private debut of her collection; which will brave the catwalk this fall at NYFW. This incredible fashion forward collection will also be featured in none other than Vogue Magazine.

Linen Apparel
Linen Apparel

On June 6th Ulster Linen attended the 2018 MFA Fashion Design & Society Graduate Exhibition OPENING RECEPTION. The opening reception was a private event and we were given a sneak peek at some incredible designs right here in Brooklyn, NY.

This incredible collection can be viewed from June 6th-June 11th at PARSONS School of Design. The work in progress exhibitions will show all the student’s process/ portfolios/ samples and half of the final collection garments will also be finished for the exhibition. For more details message us at Sales@UlsterLinen.com

Parson School of Design
Venice at Parson School of Design

On September 7th-13th 2018 The MFA Fashion Design and Society program will present the MFA collections at New York Fashion Week. Want to know more? Be sure to follow along at;

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At Ulster Linen, our reputation for quick, courteous service and high quality products is well known. Ulster’s longevity (oldest US Linen Company of its kind, still active) is the result of placing the customer’s needs first and carrying ample stock of both standard and wide width linen. Whether your project requires Irish linen, Belgian linen or any Western European linen, nobody has a larger selection stocked here in the Unites States.

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Quality Linen Fabric

Find out why quality linen fabric from Ulster Linen is the MOST luxurious Linen available today.

We break down the key factors to set Ulster Linen apart from the rest.

What Makes Quality Linen Fabric?

Belgium and France
Quality linen fabric – France and Belgium

1)    The Flax

The quality of linen fabric is first determined by the quality of the flax used.

The best and top rated flax is that which has been grown under ideal conditions: suitable soil, the correct climate and the under the expertise of experienced flax growers whose prime concern is quality. All our flax is grown in France or Belgium, which are considered to be the top flax source in the world.

 

2)    The Yarns

The next influencing factor is the quality of the yarns chosen. Most of Ulster Linen’s yarns are sourced in France where standards are very high. The flax is always carefully examined and assessed by the spinner for strength, uniformity, color and other qualities that may affect its performance when processed. A good yarn produces a product that is less linty and will also be much more durable.

 

3)    The Weaving

A consistent quality of weaving.  Our weavers follow high standard and practices that create consistency. They use modern looms that can address varying factors in a natural yarn – weaving to the proper count to achieve the correct weight and characteristics.

 

4)    The Finishing

Proper finishing to bring out the quality of the cloth. Ulster Linen insists on finishing that achieves the look our customers desire. Because of this, Ulster Linen’s finished linen is renowned for its for stability and durability, and why it is used in very high-end fashion products.

 

Natural Linen Fabric
Natural Linen Fabric

Why Choose Ulster Linen Above “the other guys”?

There is always a way to make a product faster and cheaper, but what does that mean for the quality of the product? In many cases, and especially with linen, some short cuts taken in the process can destroy the essential quality of linen. That’s why at Ulster Linen we continue to do things the right way, the better way. We want all that we produce to be the best it can be, even if that means taking our time to get it done right.

 

Ulster’s quality linen fabric is stocked in the US, which means that we have brought in the best product to be within arms reach for whenever you are in need. No need to wrestle with big shipping costs and deal with customs, we have sorted that all out for you.

 

 

What does this mean from a manufacturing perspective?

It is important to have high quality linen for a few reasons: A less linty fabric means less problems – for example, a “linty” linen for printers often means clogged printer heads. For fabric workrooms, it means amassing a huge amount of lint in their sewing equipment, as well as in the surrounding air.  Many printers and workrooms request Ulster Linen fabric because they know they will be working with good linen that will ensure smooth, problem free project completion.  They also request it because they know they will get a product that will hold up to whatever handling and manipulation they need to put it through to get their desired design output.

 

What does this mean from a consumer perspective?

Most importantly is what high quality means from a consumer’s perspective. Using a quality linen means a beautiful finished product that will have a long lifespan. Investing in a product that will maintain its intended use is not only economically wise, but environmentally conscientious. It also means those cherished products made from Ulster Linen can be passed down rather than disposed of.  High quality linen products will also perform better: for example, high quality linen draperies and sheets means less lint in the air so homes will have less dust (and who doesn’t want to do less dusting!). It means towels made for drying will leave stem ware shiny and clear, without leaving behind streaks and lint. High quality linen can also be washed time and time again, each time getting softer.

Linen Towel
Linen Towel

Ulster Linen’s consistent high quality is the reason is it asked for by name time and time again. Whether you are a manufacturer, crafter, historic reproduction company, designer or consumer, Ulster Linen fabrics is the best choice for your project’s needs.

 

Do you have more questions about quality linen and how to tell the difference? We are here to answer your questions and would love to get you a sample so you can see the difference for yourself! Being a 4th generation business, Ulster Linen has immense linen knowledge and history that has been passed down through the years.  It is because of this reason that we are the US top provider for quality linen, specializing in a truly superior product.

 

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The Exceptional Story of How Ulster Linen Came to Be the Premier Source for Irish, Belgian and Western European Linen

A farmer, a fox and an unlikely friendship made the perfect recipe for business success. 

Scrim Linen
Scrim Linen

A landmark business begins

The exceptional story of how Ulster Linen began…

 

John Sloan’s father was a farmer in Ireland who had five sons. An event one day changed the families’ path of history – a fox hunt.

As in most hunts, and this hunt was no exception, farm land, fences, and crops were par for the course and consequently damaged in the process.

 

John Sloan’s father took exception to this folly and caught the Master of the hunt’s horse and dismounted him. There must have been a bit of a tussle. The next day in a conciliatory gesture, the Master of the hunt returned to apologize for the damage caused by this folly, and as was the custom he brought with him a pup as a present. They got to talking and must have become somewhat friendly. On parting, the Master presented John Sloan’s father with a further gesture of friendship- recognizing that the farm could not sustain enough work for all the sons, the Master offered a position for one of the five sons to study in the school for linen weavers. John Sloan was the one to take up this offer and from there on he worked hard to develop a very successful weaving business.


Ulster Linen’s roots go back to an Irish mill called The Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. John Sloan Larmor started the Irish Mill over 150 years ago as a small weaving division of the Ulster Spinning Co., Ltd.

 

William Hogg Larmor was the youngest son of John Sloan Larmor. He came to the United States and started the present New York company in 1933 focusing on linen fabric and finished products. Ulster Linen continues to carry the finest linen products and fabric, and specializes in all weights and widths of linen- including 120” wide width linen.

Official Seal of the Trustees of the board of linen and Hemp Mfrs. of Ireland 18th Century
Official Seal of the Trustees of the board of linen and Hemp Mfrs. of Ireland 18th Century

The William Hogg Official Seal

 William Hogg was a venerable person in the linen business in the 18th century. His duties were to check the quality of all brown (what is referred to today as natural) linen and make sure it met with his high standards. Once a linen was confirmed by him as top quality, it was entitled to bear the official William Hogg seal of quality.  An interesting side note, William Hogg was the inspiration for the name of John Sloan’s youngest son, William Hogg Larmor.

 

A product so pure you can feel the difference

Ulster Linen maintains that standard of quality today.  Ulster Linen has the level of quality product that interior designers and fashion designers require, especially when designers require a specific type of linen for their projects. Ulster Linen’s superb linen can transform into luxurious draperies or the latest fashions on the runway at Fashion Week.

 

Ulster Linen fabric has many other important uses as well – it can be seen woven into the seams of American artistry as the canvas of many famous paintings, and you will even find it on the interior of some violins.

 

From Upholstery linen to Scrim linen and everything in between, Ulster Linen’s product never ceases to surpass your expectation of quality and luxury.

 

The future of Ulster Linen

The family legacy continues.  Ulster Linen remains a family business to this day with (father) Dever Larmor, (son) Joseph Larmor and (daughter) Jackie Mihaley at the helm. They continue to teach about the tradition and incredible product that is linen and they pride themselves on providing a superior product to their clients in the United States.

 

When it pertains to Irish Linen, Belgian Linen and Western European Linen, you will find Ulster Linen at the forefront. Ulster Linen prides itself on having the largest selection of fine linen stocked in the United States. In stock means that your product can be rushed to you often next day shipping. No need to wait for items to arrive from Europe.

 

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Linen Fabric, 3 Reasons Why it is the Future for Interior Designers and Fashion Designers Alike.

There are many reasons why linen fabric is the premium option for these two powerhouse industries, Fashion and Interior Design. We have highlighted our 3 best examples why linen is truly the fabric of the future.

Linen fabric drapery and translucence
Linen Fabric Drapery

Linen is often at the forefront of the luxury fashion industry and high-end interior designers. They both covet linen’s timeless look and surprisingly durable wear. This “modern” fabric dates back to 8000 B.C. and shows no signs of slowing down in popularity.

From hotels and hospitality décor to show houses, interior designers can’t get enough of the understated elegance that linen provides. Today’s modern home is required to handle a tremendous burden. It is expected to be sleek, visually appealing, stand up to wear and tear all while being delicate and refined. Linen in home products strikes this seemingly impossible balance by way of luxurious draperies, upholstered furniture, pillows and even linen accent walls. If you can dream it, linen can create it in the home.

Toweling and runner linen.
Toweling and Runner Linen.

Linen is also the choice fabric for premium fashion designers in the Spring/Summer 2018 collections. Vivid colors reinvent this classic textile.

1. Linen fabric is STRONG and can be light weight. Today’s buyers desire materials that stand up to all the elements. Whether it’s the chic summer dress in the Hamptons or the flowing draperies in a NYC apartment, people around the world are choosing linen because of its durability, breathability and aesthetic sensibility. Linen is one of the most visually appealing textiles you can choose and one of the most versatile. Linen plays many roles in today’s luxury markets. It can perform as a fine-pressed men’s suit or a timeless Queen Anne’s Wingback Chair. Linen when used in home décor is a true showstopper. The delicate weave looks like fine china but is incredibly durable. That strength comes from not only its natural inherent characteristics but it is also very dependent on the linen process.

The process of creating linen is the most labor intensive one in the textile world. Patience and hard work pave way for a final product that is truly superb.

Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant and is one of the oldest plants in human history.

Flax flowering
Flax Flower

From plant to fabric there are a series of steps; rippling, retting, scutching, hackling, spinning and weaving. The details are many and the process is laborious and time consuming but vital to achieve the end result, strong illustrious linen textile. A textile this labor intensive is sure to stand up to whatever life throws its way.
2. Linen is SELF-WICKING yet ABSORBANT. Linen is thought of as nature’s wicking fabric. It can gain up to 20% moisture before it will first begin to feel damp. Linen has the ability to rapidly absorb and lose liquid. This way, you don’t have that icky feeling of dampness that’s often common when wearing clothes on a hot summer day. When it comes to furnishings having a fabric that can stay cool to the touch in varying levels of humidity is a big plus.

3. LINEN is COMFORTABLE yet STYLISH. Linen fabric feels cool to touch. It is smooth and lint-free when it is made from quality flax and gets softer the more it is washed (a little reward for getting the laundry accomplished). Linen also has an incredible natural luster. That natural glow is so visually appealing that designers love to work with linen in its natural state to truly take advantage of its luminescence. Furniture designers especially gravitate toward linen in chaise lounges, bar stools, wing back chairs and benches. These accent pieces are just the right place to add a pop of style yet unparalleled classic comfort.

We often have to reach into the past to reveal the trends of the future. Linen is a rich part of our history as humans and has proven to be a tremendous value to our future.

To keep up with the latest linen trends, benefits and news be sure to follow our weekly blog or email us at Sales@UlsterLinen.com

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