Sumptuously Soft French Dish Towels That Double as Aprons

Vacations are for taking a break from work, but when our editors travel on holiday, work (discovering fledgling creative talent, spotting new wares, finding design inspiration) tends to follow them. Case in point: Margot’s grand tour of Europe a couple years back yielded a flurry of story ideas (see her posts on exquisitely wrapped fabric hangers and handwoven, plant-dyed rugs).

And here’s another one: While visiting a store in Madrid, Do Design, she spied irresistibly soft kitchen linens by French brand Linge Particulier. Upon closer inspection, she realized that they all came with ties attached to turn them into aprons if need be. She promptly bought two—one for her sister and one for her sister’s future daughter-in-law.

“As so often happens, once I got home from my travels, I wished I had bought more!” says Margot. “It’s such a simple, genius idea.” Our favorite kind.

each dish towel cum apron measures 22 by 32 inches. “the linen i 14
Above: Each dish towel-cum-apron measures 22 by 32 inches. “The linen is so nice—soft and light. And the towels themselves aren’t awkwardly giant but work perfectly around the waist,” reports Margot.
linge particulier’s linen dish towels come in standard stonewashed  15
Above: Linge Particulier’s Linen Dish Towels come in standard stonewashed linen or waffle linen. Austin-based Nannie Inez currently has 10 colors in stock, $28 each—apron strings attached.
nannie inez offers a changing variety of colors and patterns. the linen dish to 16
Above: Nannie Inez offers a changing variety of colors and patterns. The Linen Dish Towels pictured here are in Nude and Vintage Green; $28 each.
neatly folded into a compact square, the linge particulier dish towel belies it 17
Above: Neatly folded into a compact square, the Linge Particulier Dish Towel belies its apron roots.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 6, 2020, and has been updated with new images and information.

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