In Love With Linen: The 19 Best Linen Clothing Brands in the UK

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In Love With Linen: The 19 Best Linen Clothing Brands in the UK

Linen is one of the most sustainable natural fabrics out there. It’s a dream to wear and the perfect fabric for creating relaxed yet stylish looks. If you’re wondering which brand is best for linen then this article’s for you. We’ve rounded up 19 of the best linen clothing brands for the UK to help you discover some beautiful, timeless pieces for your ethical wardrobe.

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Why Wear Linen?

Lightweight and breathable, linen is best known for creating cool, airy summer clothing. But it’s not just for the summer – its thermo-regulating properties make it a great choice of fabric all year round. Linen becomes softer and softer the more it is washed and its strength and durability mean that linen pieces are made to last. A perfect antidote to fast fashion!

Linen is good news for the environment too. Grown from the flax plant which is incredibly resilient and can easily be grown without the use of chemical inputs. It can also be grown with far less water than cotton. For more about the benefits of linen and how it compares to cotton have a look at our article Is Linen More Eco Friendly Than Cotton?

The Importance of Choosing Organic

Not all linen is created equal however. Its sustainability credentials depend on how it’s grown, whether chemicals and pesticides are used, and how the fibres are prepared.

The Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibres assesses the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibres in the garment industry. It ranks conventional flax (the plant used to create linen) as Class C and organic flax as Class A.

(For more information on sustainable fabrics have a look at our article: What Is the Most Sustainable Fabric? Your Ultimate Guide).

Certified organic linen clothing, although the ideal, can be harder to find. We’ve included several brands that use certified organic linen in our list below. There are also some other certifications to look out for that hold higher environmental and social standards for the production of linen. 

Linen Certification

The major certifications to look out for when shopping for sustainable linen include:

GOTS Certified

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. It includes both ecological and social criteria and is backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. For more on the GOTS certification, see our article here.

MASTERS OF LINEN® 

MASTERS OF LINEN®  is a registered mark and sign of excellence for linen that has been 100% Made in EUROPE, from field to yarn to fabric. By requiring the use of European Flax® fibre as the raw material (see below), the Masters of Linen® certification addresses sustainable production and social responsibility. However, while European Flax® only covers up to the yarn production stage, Masters of Linen covers the whole production process, right up to the end garment. 

European Flax® 

The European Flax® label certifies traceability at every step of processing. It provides a guarantee that the flax has been grown with no irrigation, no GM and no waste. The flax must also be naturally retted in the fields and the fibres mechanically extracted and spun into yarn. It also ensures that fibre production complies with International Labour rules. (For more details on how linen is grown and processed see our article here). 

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It means that every component of the article has been tested for harmful substances and the article found to be safe for human health. 

Linen clothing from one of the best linen clothing brands in the UK
Look out for organic linen. Photo by Isabela Kronemberger on Unsplash

The 19 Best Linen Clothing Brands for the UK

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An increasing number of brands are discovering the merits of this wonderful fabric. Our list is an eclectic selection of ethical brands that are creating linen clothing in a variety of styles and designs. From classic summer shirts to winter weight dresses, breezy trousers to iconic jumpsuits you’re sure to find the perfect addition to your sustainable wardrobe.

And if you’re looking for affordable linen clothing brands we’ve included several brands that offer stylish linen clothes at a very affordable price point too. 

1. Komodo

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: China, Indonesia, India, Nepal
Price: £40-£150
Sustainability creds: Organic linen, GOTS certified cotton, member of the Soil Association, ethical manufacturing

Ethical old-timer Komodo has been creating eco-friendly fashion since 1988. They use a variety of sustainable fabrics including 100% organic linen for both their men and women’s clothing ranges.

With casual and versatile designs they’re a great brand to look at for some summer wardrobe essentials. 

2. With Nothing Underneath

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Portugal
Price: £85-£95
Sustainability creds: GOTS certified cotton and linen, sustainable packaging

With Nothing Underneath (WNU) is on a mission to create simple, laid back, timeless shirts for women. All of their shirts are made from 100% GOTS certified organic or recycled materials, which are locally sourced and woven to order in Portugal.

If you’re looking for the perfect everyday shirt made from GOTS certified organic linen then WNU might just fit the bill. We love that the shell buttons they use are a fully biodegradable byproduct from the food industry! 

3. MagicLinen

Based: Vilnius, Lithuania  Ships to: USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe
Made in: Lithuania
Price: £16-£133
Sustainability creds: OEKO-TEX® certified, fabric sourced and produced in Lithuania & surrounding countries, biodegradable packaging

Made famous by Megham Markle wearing their ROYAL TOSCANA dress, MagicLinen have a lot more to shout about. Made in their home country from locally grown sustainable linen, this ethical brand uses no animal materials and all of its gorgeous products are OEKO-TEX® certified.

So whether you are looking for a beautiful maxi dress for the warmer months or a linen shirt, they have you covered. Their men’s and women’s clothing is accompanied by linen homewares from bedding to curtains to towels to table cloths. You’ll be spoiled for choice!

What’s more, MagicLinen are offering Good Maker Tales readers an exclusive 10% off everything with the code GOODMAKERLINEN10

For more on this great brand, check out our review: Clothes that keep you cool: MagicLinen review.

4. Flax and Loom

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Turkey
Price: £110-£125
Sustainability creds: GOTS certified cotton, organic linen, recycled cotton

Based in Matlock in the Peaks, Flax and Loom is the new venture of long-time sustainable fashion designer Phil Wildbore (also the owner and designer of sustainable denim brand Monkey Genes). They’re on a mission to produce ‘the world’s most sustainable, commercial jean’ using a combination of sustainable fabrics. 

We’re excited to see linen being used for the collection alongside GOTS-certified cotton, recycled cotton and hemp. There’s a great selection of colours and styles to choose from for both men and women including jeans, trousers, dungarees and pinafore-style dresses. 

5. Beaumont Organic

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Portugal, UK
Price: £45-£240

Sustainability creds: European Flax®, GOTS-certified cotton, ethically made in EU factories, free repairs in the UK

Based in Manchester, the Beaumont Organic collection includes classically stylish womenswear, babywear, homeware and accessories that have been sustainably produced and ethically made in Europe.

Alongside GOTS-certified cotton they use a variety of sustainable and eco-fabrics including linen, lyocell, tencel and non-mulesed wool. Their linen is produced using sustainable techniques in Italy. It holds the European Flax® certification but is not certified organic.

Keep a look-out for their soon-to-be-launched resale scheme for preloved Beaumont Organic garments. And for more brands based in Manchester see The North’s best: 9 sustainable fashion brands from Manchester.

6. Vildnis

Based: UK   Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Portugal and India
Price: £35-£120
Sustainability creds: Masters of Linen certification, GOTS certified cotton, ethical manufacturing (Sedex and SA 8000 certified)

If you’re looking for a linen clothing brand in the UK that offers organic linen, Vildnis (which means ‘wilderness’ or ‘wildness’ in Danish) is a great option. Dedicated to sustainable fashion, Vildnis chooses to use fabrics that have the smallest environmental impact possible.

Their organic linen is sourced from small co-operative farms in France. Rain provides the primary water source for irrigation and there is no exposure to chemical fertilisers, pesticides or insecticides. 

7. Palava

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: UK and Turkey
Price: £55-£165
Sustainability creds: Zero waste, plastic-free packaging,

It’s hard not to fall in love with this colourful, vintage-inspired ethical clothing brand. Palava offers fabulously unique prints and a gorgeous children’s collection to complement their women’s clothing. They also have a Curve selection for those looking for sustainable plus-sized clothing.

All of their dresses, skirts, trousers, tops and coats are made in a small family-run factory on the outskirts of London. They produce small runs of each of their designs – sometimes – only two or three of a style in each size. With stunning linen dresses for all seasons, have a look before they’re gone! (Note: the linen fabric is not certified organic.)

8. Mayamiko

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Worldwide by indigenous artisans
Price: £44-£159
Sustainability creds: PETA-approved Vegan, solar-powered workshop, Mayamiko Trust

Mayamiko is a responsible womenswear and lifestyle brand with some truly fashionable pieces in its collection. They offer a new, pure linen capsule ethically made by artisans in the Mayamiko fair trade workshop in Malawi. (Note the linen is not certified organic.)

Their iconic Dalitso dress, worn by Meghan Markle during the Royal Africa Tour is also now available in a pure linen version. It might just be the must-have dress for this summer!

9. Pangaia

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Europe
Price: £60-£155
Sustainability creds: Belgium linen, gives back via charity donations, partnerships, Bee The Change Fund and Tomorrow Tree Fund

If you thought linen was all about classically styled blouses and summer dresses, think again. Pangaia has taken linen fabric and used it to make some casual-cool clothing with a sporty vibe. Their linen range includes hoodies and shorts in a selection of bold single colours. The flax they use is grown in Belgium. It is processed using natural dew retting but is not certified organic. 

Alongside sustainable plant fibres, Pangaia is pioneering innovative materials and sustainable fabric treatments. Their latest linen collection includes an aloe vera oil treatment that accentuates the linen’s cool, comfortable feel and makes the material even softer. 

10. Reformation

Based: USA  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, USA
Price: £60 – £390
Sustainability creds: Climate-neutral certified, aim to be climate positive by 2025, use of sustainable fabrics, use of deadstock materials

Reformation’s mission is to ‘bring sustainable fashion to everyone’. They make beautiful pieces that create elegant silhouettes and effortlessly celebrate the feminine form. Their linen range includes everything from shorts to tops to wedding dresses!

While it started as a small vintage store in LA, it now designs its own cute styles and has a portfolio of sustainable clothing shops in London and across the USA. They offer free express shipping and returns worldwide.

11. Eileen Fisher

Based: US  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: China and US
Price: £105-£245
Sustainability creds: Certified B Corp, organic linen, Bluesign Certified, supports women and girls through grants, events and partnerships

Responsible fibres and certified dyeing are at the heart of the Eileen Fisher collections. Their line of women’s linen tops features easy T-shirts, classic collar shirts and versatile tunics.

Since 2013, they have sourced most of their organic linen from a 2,000-acre organic farm in western China. They still source organic linen from Europe but say that unfortunately, Europe’s supply of organic linen isn’t big enough to meet their commitment to using only organic fibres.

12. Má + Lin

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Portugal
Price: £129-£135
Sustainability creds: GOTS certified organic linen, Masters of Linen® certified, ethical manufacturing

Má + Lin, (a combination of the Chinese and French names for “linen”) was launched in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are a made-to-order label and completely transparent about their supply chain.

As far as sustainable linen is concerned, they tick all of the boxes. All of their linen is GOTS and Masters of Linen® certified making them an obvious choice for our selection of the best linen clothing brands in the UK. Their collection features beautifully designed, versatile blouses for an effortlessly chic look.

Affordable linen clothing brands

13. Nobody´s Child

Based: UK          Ships to: International
Made in: Bangladesh, China, Morocco, Ukraine

Price range: £29-75
Sustainability creds: Uses certified organic cotton, GRS-certified recycled synthetics, and Bluesign certified chemicals, supports supply chain traceability and transparency

A great option for affordable linen clothing, we love Nobody’s Child for their pretty floral dresses, athleisure and denim ranges. Their linen range includes everything from tops and trousers to their signature dresses and jumpsuits. Offering Petite, Extended Sizes, Maternity and Kids, they are fully inclusive.

The brand strives to be fully transparent about its supply chain and Who Made Your Clothes. They offer safe and ethical working conditions to their workers including no exploitation or child labour, payment of a living wage, the right to join a union and no harsh or inhumane treatment. On top of that they use recycled, organic and sustainably sourced materials.

14. Living Crafts

Based: Germany  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: India and Croatia
Price: £12-£100
Sustainability creds: GOTS certification, low-impact and non-toxic dyes, wind-powered factory, SA 8000 social standards, member of the Fair Wear Foundation

If you’re looking for an affordable linen clothing brand that uses organic linen, Living Crafts are a great choice. They offer a full range of clothing for women, men, children and babies. Their 100% organic linen tees are available in several different colours and they also offer shorts and trousers in an organic cotton/linen mix.

15. Albaray

Based: UK  Ships to: UK
Made in: China, Vietnam, Greece, India
Price: £28-£89
Sustainability creds: GOTS certification, sustainable packaging and tags, responsible factories, sustainable fabrics

Set up in 2020 by three friends disgruntled with the way the fashion industry worked, sustainable brand Albaray offers linen clothing at a friendly price point. While not organic, their stylish linen line includes dresses, shirts and casual trousers and shorts.

They are also stocked in Next, John Lewis and M&S.

16. Bibico

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: India, Nepal, Europe
Price: £50-£90
Sustainability creds: Natural materials, WFTO Fair Trade certified, sustainable packaging, gives back via children’s charity in Mumbai

Bibico partners with artisans and suppliers in India and Nepal to create contemporary and stylish clothing for women using natural, organic and sustainable materials. Advocates for slow fashion, they design and manufacture two collections a year which are produced in small runs.

They’re another great option if you’re looking for an affordable linen clothing brand in the UK. (Note: the linen is not certified organic). Available for sale on Project Cece, a marketplace for fair clothing.

17. Kuyichi

Based: Netherlands  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Turkey, Pakistan, Portugal and China
Price: £40-£100
Sustainability creds: European linen, GOTS certified organic cotton, GRS certified recycled materials, member of Fair Wear Foundation, child-free labour, living wage throughout most of supply chain

The first organic denim brand, Kuyichi Pure Goods have been making sustainable denim and timeless wardrobe essentials since 2001. Alongside sustainable jeans they sell 100% linen basics for women and men. All of their linen is sourced from France and Belgium (not certified organic). If you’re looking for an affordable linen clothing brand for some wardrobe staples, Kuyichi is a great one to consider.

See our articles for more brands that offer child-free labour and a living wage to their workers.

18. Seasalt

Based: UK  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: 
Price: £40-£85
Sustainability creds: Sustainable and recycled materials, GOTS certified cotton, ethical manufacturing, gives back, trade-in programme

Seasalt is another great affordable linen clothing brand in the UK. They offer easy to wear, casual linen pieces including tunics, shirts, trousers and jackets.

Their linen clothing is all garment dyed. This is when a piece of clothing is dyed after it has been made rather than being made out of a pre-dyed fabric. Garment dyeing lets the dye settle in different amounts in different spots, giving it that gentle lived-in look that Seasalt linen clothing is known for. (Note: the linen fabric is not certified organic.)

For more brands offering recycled polyester fabric see Recycled polyester fabric: have these 9 brands found a solution to plastic pollution? 

19. Mezzoroni

Based: Lithuania  Ships to: Worldwide
Made in: Lithuania 
Price: £45-£135
Sustainability creds: Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified , ethical manufacturing, sustainable packaging

Mezzoroni are another good choice if you’re looking for affordable linen clothing brands. Although not organic certified, their clothing is dyed using non-toxic and eco-friendly ingredients and is Oeko-Tex certified. All of their items are locally handmade in Lithuania by workers who receive fair wages. Their collection features some easy-to-wear everyday essentials and versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down. 

See here for more affordable ethical clothing brands

Good For You, Good for the Planet

It’s safe to say we’ve been bitten by the linen bug. This earth friendly fabric has such a wealth of benefits for both the wearer and the planet, that we believe it deserves a place in every sustainable wardrobe. 

Have you fallen in love yet? Drop us a comment below and tell us all about your favourite linen items!

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