I am thrilled to have won the Leontine Linens Beach bag from The Southern C twitter contest. I never win drawings and I know Jane Scott Hodges, the owner of Leontine Linens, from using her beautiful linens for clients.
Leontine Linens are the best hand embroidered and appliquéd linens today. Jane Scott is such an authority on the subject. She has preserved a dying art. We are so fortunate to have her skilled workroom still making these beauties by hand in Kentucky. Read her story below and try to figure out what to order because the options are infinite. Peruse the website to see hundreds of different samples. You can find them featured in houses monthly in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and Elle Decor.
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As the founder of couture fine linens company Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges is credited with reviving the art of couture linens for home. As an innovator of, and the authority on, fine linens, she is known for her ability to introduce heirloom quality luxury linens and accessories for everyday use. More so, Jane Scott took the heritage driven concept of the monogram and rejuvenated it with a modern sensibility, incorporating unique styles and unexpected color.
Influenced by her Southern upbringing and a belief in the importance of heritage, Jane Scott was always fascinated with antiques and heirlooms. At the same time she was preparing for her wedding, Jane Scott stumbled upon her own great grandmother’s trousseau in the cellar of her parents’ 1780s Kentucky farmhouse. Inspired by her discovery, Jane Scott sought out her very own bridal trousseau emblazoned with her new monogram. After scouring the New Orleans shops and boutiques where she and her soon-to-be husband lived, Hodges was surprised and disappointed by the lack of custom fine linens, and thus she identified a need in the marketplace. Upon returning to Kentucky for her wedding, she discovered the Kentucky-based Eleanor Beard studio, an historic all-female company that since 1921, has hand-created linens known the world over for their superb quality. Jane Scott began Leontine Linens in 1996 to showcase their artisinal work. Shortly thereafter, in 2002, Hodges acquired Eleanor Beard Studio and has assumed the role of caretaker to the historic company.
Jane Scott met with her clients at their homes and returned to her back bedroom office to create unique products that were truly tailored to the lifestyle and aesthetic of the clients themselves. With her husband Philip, they decided to conduct the majority of the product sales by in-home appointment, a unique customized experience that set Leontine Linens apart from other companies. No items are stocked; Rather, products are tailor-made by the 25 skilled artisans at the Eleanor Beard studio.
The company quickly gained a loyal following and became a hit among socialites, celebrities and the editorial industry. As Leontine Linens started to gain popularity, the product became available on a national level. Hodges organically grew her company to include several sales women, a non-commerce website, and a flagship store which opened in New Orleans in 2005
Here are a few favorite monograms and designs…. What are your favorites?
A Midsummer's Eve Dinner
Look at this DIVINE dinner party thrown by Jane Scott Hodges. Would you kill to be guest at that beautiful soiree?
The setting is perfect with the stone wall framing the centerpiece.
The view back to the house is amazing.
Such a chic tablescape…
and the napkins…hand appliqués of course…
a little rope knot as the napkin ring…
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