I once received a Fog Linen work apron as a gift. I love its simple construction and the hand of the beautifully soft natural linen. Yumiko Sekine, the Japanese designer behind the 10-year-old line makes a wealth of other linen items, too. You used to have to go to Japan to find most of them. Now they’re available online at Shop Fog Linen. The blog automatism clued me in to that fact.
I’m especially taken with the generously-sized linen dish towels (actually they call them kitchen cloths) in stripes and checks, which she makes in two weights, regular and thick. It’s true, the cloth just gets better with age and these dish towels will fit in anywhere -- a midcentury kitchen, Craftsman or a minimalist one.
I’m sure any cook would appreciate them as a gift. They'd also make a wonderful hostess present at the holidays.
Fog Linen dish towels, 17.5" x 25.5", $15. Aprons, $48 to $64.