Meet the Brands: Libeco Fine Linen
Initially, weaving was done by the flax farmers themselves. It was their way to earn some extra money during the colder winter months when they could not farm. The center of the flax industry at that time was Kortrijk, so the farmers would take their flax there. Libeco (Libeert & Compagnie at the time) sold linen to traders from all over the world, as they had a prime location near the Kortrijk station. Flax was much in demand, as it is today, with traders seeking it from all over the world.
Linen brought much prosperity to the area around Kortrijk and almost 2/3 of the population worked in the flax industry. In fact, if you visit today you can still find streets named after flax and linen. This area still produces some of the best flax in the world. At the present time, the fifth generation of the Libeert family is managing the company. Artisanal skills with high technology combine to make high-quality flax that is ever in demand.
Linen is made from flax. Amazingly, this plant grows to more than three feet high in only 100 days. The flax stems are pulled from the soil, dried and the fiber can then be extracted. This is spun into yarn, which Libeco weaves into their beautiful linen fabric. It is zero waste, as the other parts of the plant are used in other ways. The fabric is inspected yard by yard and mended by hand where necessary. Their products are made with great care, for the product, but also for the environment
Over the last few years, Libeco has made significant steps by becoming a CO2 neutral company, and by launching a 100% organic linen collection. Their vision is corporate sustainability for a viable future – to impact the planet and make it better for a better world. Together, they put together an integrated ecological plan to reduce emissions by one third over a period of two years. Green electricity, LED lighting, solar panels, a more environmentally friendly car fleet, and optimization of waste processing are just a few of the measures that were implemented.
People, products, and passion are the three driving forces at Libeco Fine Linens – the employees and customers, the excellence of their products and their passion to make the finest linen in the world. These combine to make their product unique, luxurious, and sustainable. To see all of our current Libeco offerings, take a look at their brand page – or pay a visit to our New York City store to look at samples.