Line + Tow is a slow fashion brand founded by Grace Brian and brought to life with the help of Maggie Perrin-Key. We are located in the small town of Roanoke, VA, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Grace + Maggie met in Roanoke in 2017 and quickly discovered their shared passion for textiles. Line + Tow was born in September of 2018. Grace comes from a textile science background, having graduated from the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles with a B.S. in fashion and textile design. Maggie studied fine art and holds a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Hollins University. Paired with her extensive knowledge of retail management Maggie complements Grace's textile knowledge to form the perfect duo.
The name Line + Tow is derived from the technical terms for the two lengths of natural fibers. When a natural fiber (typically linen) is processed, you are left with longer, more lustrous fibers called "line", and shorter, coarser fibers called "tow". While it could be said that a company by this name should be producing linen clothes (we're working on it) we like to think that the name is representative of our values. While other brands prefer to use only the best (or "lustrous") parts of the fabric, throwing out the lesser (or "coarser") parts, such as the cut and sew scraps, defective pieces, etc., we work to find creative ways to incorporate everything that we have consumed, throwing nothing away. By striving to reduce our waste in this way, we are using all of the materials we process or, the "line" AND the "tow".