Men and Linen.
Things go in cycles: the power of ideas, the price of gold, huge shifts in human and animal populations, the microflux of empires, of wealth by sex, the “inness” and “outness” of linen…
Who keeps track of these things?
There’s no official Dow Jones or Standard & Poor’s index silently compiling the long arc of such things, at least as far as I know.
So, I will make one up.
A file of linen (flax) in the spring can be a thick ocean of clear blue flowers so beautiful you wouldn’t at all object to drowning in it.
Linen is the oldest vegetable fiber known to mankind.
Egyptian kings were wrapped in linen 3,500 years ago.
Linen hasalways been associated with luxury, or, depending on the cycle, with down-to-earthness, simplicity, the basics.
It all depends on when you came in.
The Linen Shirt (No. 5366). 100% linen (4.5 oz). Cool, comfortable, long-wearing. Button-down collar. Eight-button front placket. Lock-stitched buttonholes. Long sleeves with button-through sleeve placket. Simple chest pocket. Simple back yoke. Contoured shirttail. Simple locker loop on back. Made in Portugal.
- Fabric Content: 100% Linen.
- Care Instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Warm iron if desired. For best results dry clean.
- Length: Ranges from 31 1/2" to 33 1/2".