Fog Linen Work
Fog Linen Works was born out of necessity. Yumiko Sekine, then an importer of used books to Japan, was having trouble finding affordable everyday-use linens like those she used during her childhood. She traveled to Lithuania, a country where flax is grown (the fiber that is spun into linen). She was disappointed to find that even in Lithuania, where they have been producing and exporting linen products to other European countries since the middle ages, there were no daily-use linen products available for purchase in any stores. She began contacting linen producers and started to have them produce her own designs in Lithuania, a collection of only seven items. After ten years, Fog Linen Works produces a much larger line of linen products for the home as well as linen clothing. Through her work with Fog Linen Works she has helped shape and define the current natural lifestyle trend in Japan. Sekine continues to be inspired to create beautiful and simple products for daily use.