A trip to the eastern tip of the North Fork should always include a drive down bucolic Village Lane in Orient. There you’ll find the red rooster shop sign for Orient Linen Co. Don’t let the petite nature of the shop mislead you; this tiny gem features a wide array of custom linen pieces for both classic and modern homes alike. Step right in and let mother/daughter duo Janet Markarian and Abigail Collier guide you in designing a custom tablecloth, picking a housewarming gift or finding the perfect apron.
1) Ticking Napkins/White Linen Napkins, $59 per set
Markarian and Collier have found a winning pattern with their ticking napkins but the timeless white linen napkins could give them a run for their money on a Thanksgiving tablescape.
2) Baby Gift Set, starting at $65
Handmade but also machine washable? Yes, please! Every new parent will appreciate this thoughtful gift set that features a cotton baby quilt with a scalloped-edged canvas bib. While these items are heirloom quality, they’re also soft and ready to use now. Each set includes a hand-stamped gift tag.
3) Vegetable Brush, $5.50
This classic yet underutilized kitchen tool is a champ at cleaning root veggies as well as scrubbing pots. The light, beechwood-esque handle makes this brush easy to hold while the bristles tackle the toughest jobs.
4) Reversible Placemats, set of 4, $59
Flax linen on one side, for when you’re after a muted tone to blend in, and blue-and-white ticking on the other, for when you want to add a little more depth to your table.
5) Canvas Tote Bag, small, $79
Custom made by the iconic Steele Canvas company, (a la EVERY canvas laundry truck you’ve ever seen in a NYC hotel) these bags come in two sizes. The small can easily fit a laptop and some beach reads while the large is perfect for a weekend’s casual wardrobe.
6) Woven Potholders, $15
These woven cotton pot holders, in fun and funky color combos, are the cool, luxe version of the ones you tried to make as a kid.
7) Linen Shower Curtain, 72”x72”, $120
These supple linen shower curtains remind me of what you’d find in a fabulous Parisian apartment or perhaps a swanky boutique hotel. But the silver grommet top and exposed topstitching make this a piece I’ll definitely be purchasing for my North Fork home.
8) Linen Apron, starting at $59
Prepping for the holidays just got easier thanks to Orient Linen Co.’s gorgeous aprons. Say goodbye to your “kiss the cook” aprons by pairing one of these with your fancy clothes. The soft linen will keep your outfit safe but is also machine-washable should a spill occur.