No artisan workwear range is complete without The Linen Smock. Designed and handmade in our studio in Salts Mill, Yorkshire and following our workwear principles of simple, stylish and durable, The Smock is comfortable, stylish and made in our usual hardwearing linen fabrics. Designed with your comfort in mind, The Smock has a loose fit, wide neck with stand collar, bracelet length sleeves and, of course, a big side pocket and is available in small, medium and large.
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Made in our studio in Salts Mill, Yorkshire, our durable workwear ages well to become an old friend and with our 10 year guarantee we will repair and return your workwear looking as good as new to give you many years of stress free wearing.
We love linen fabric for clothing due to its natural beauty and cooling properties and it’s a natural fibre that’s eco-friendly. Made from the fibres found in the stem of the flax plant – it’s a totally natural, biodegradable material and requires no fertilisers or pesticides and far less water to grow than other plants such as cotton – making it one of the most eco-friendly fabrics around. There is also no wastage because every part of the flax plant can be used, so you can be sure you’re minimising your impact on the environment with your linen clothing.
Linen fabric is naturally breathable with temperature regulating properties, making it suitable even in the coldest of seasons. It allows the body to breathe throughout the summer, and in winter, it retains the heat and prevents the body from freezing.
Breathable, hardwearing and sustainable, it is an incredibly versatile fabric and is inherently strong, and when looked after, good quality linen material will last for years and years without wearing out and actually gets better with age!
Linen fabric is naturally antistatic, so it is relatively easy to look after and keep clean, is washable and becomes softer the more it is washed. It is also famous for its antibacterial properties, naturally absorbing moisture without holding bacteria, meaning that it’ll keep your clothing feeling fresher for longer.
The Smock is a venerable piece of workwear has been an essential outer layer for over a century, popular with painters, sculptors, potters and craftsmen. A classic example of functional, utilitarian clothing, they were originally made for sailors and cut from sailcloth, making this garment a strong and sturdy extra layer.
Known for keeping fishermen warm and dry, it was also comfortable and easy to work in. The slightly shortened sleeves prevented cuffs getting wet – a feature also seen on Guernsey jumpers and Breton shirts – while the tight fit and high neck ensured maximum protection from the elements.
Cheap, tough and easy to find, smocks provided the perfect protection for artists as well as sailors. Sculptor Barbara Hepworth wore a smock as she sketched and in the early decades of the twentieth century when St. Ives in Cornwall became a popular destination for artists, they were inspired by the clothing worn by local mariners
In keeping with these origins, our smocks are made from durable, UK sourced fabric, which washes well and ages beautifully. Whether a sailor or sculptor, The Smock remains a functional and timeless garment.
Our durable workwear ages well to become an old friend and with our 10 year guarantee we will repair and return your workwear looking as good as new to give you many years of stress free wearing.
Also see The Florist Linen Apron and The Wrap Dress in linen