Yumiko Sekine is the designer behind Tokyo based Fog Linen Work. The company designs beautiful yet simple everyday products using organic Lithuanian linen. Yumiko has been running creative businesses in Japan for 20 years.
Yumiko believes being based in a creative city like Tokyo has greatly benefited her work, “There are always so many exciting things happening in the city! Lots of new stores, restaurants and places to visit. It’s amazing to see the unique and interesting ideas that people have.”
The inspiration behind Fog Linen is drawn from everyday life: “I design products for daily use not just for special occasions so my inspiration comes from my own every day life.”
She also draws inspiration from travelling: “I love to visit other counties to meet stockists and designers but also to find new products for my store here in Japan. It’s exciting to meet people who I work with as we usually share a similar aesthetic and design sense. “
Fog Linen works solely with Lithuanian linen producers, “Lithuania is a country with a rich tradition of growing flax (whose fibers are spun into linen)
. It has been producing and exporting linen to other European countries since the Middle Ages.”
Yumiko works with several local producers. Her collection, which started with only seven items, now includes kitchenware, tableware, bed & bath linens and baby clothes & accessories. Recently she has been “focusing more on the clothing line”.
We were delighted to meet Yumiko when she visited London last summer, “I was so happy to visit Folklore and find our products being part of such a beautiful collection. The store is also in an amazing space.” Thanks Yumiko. We are delighted to be working together.
Have a look for yourself. Browse through our kitchenware, tableware and apothecary categories to see some of Yumiko’s products.