When art critic Lilly Lampe went searching for lightweight, wrinkle-free linen clothing for a trip to Southeast Asia last summer, she came up empty-handed. A hobbyist sewer, she decided to stitch up a few garments of her own. Compliments from friends in the fashion industry made her realize she’d found a hole in the market, so Lampe and her husband, Alex Robins, created Blluemade, a line of versatile linen garments produced here by fashion incubator Factory Girls. “We’re both very interested in contemporary art, and we [brought] a strong eye for color and design,” she says. Their initial six-piece collection of women’s dresses, separates, and a jumpsuit landed in March (men’s shirts roll out this month), all made with ultra-soft linen sourced from a 150-year-old, family-run company in Belgium. The best part? Fine linen only gets better with wear.
More linen love
Clockwise from left
- Rebecca Taylor dress, $295, Phipps Plaza, rebeccataylor.com
- Ann Taylor moto jacket, $169, multiple locations, anntaylor.com
- Charlotte Olympia flats, $575, charlotteolympia.com
- Escada Sport shorts, $250, Lenox Square, escada.com
- Ann Mashburn dress, $295, Westside Provisions District, annmashburn.com
This article originally appeared in our June 2016 issue.