Whether you’re a serious home cook, barista, chef, or tend to make a mess in the kitchen, a good apron can come in handy. Once a common clothing item in homes, aprons went out of fashion in the 1960s as housework wasn’t idealized quite like it was in generations before. But the clothing item has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to vintage fashion obsessives and boutique stores starting to feature cute, trendy designs.
One brand is reinvigorating the linen industry with their line of aprons and kitchen linens. Enrich & Endure is run by brother-sister team Sarah and Lorcan Quinn who design and produce their linens in Northern Ireland, giving an old-fashioned trade a new life. Inspired by their parents’ 100-year old sheets, the duo wanted to create something to last that long, remaining beautiful and intact for years. Sarah Quinn explains that she and her brother “wanted to create products that 'Enrich' but also 'Endure' and there is no fabric quite as enduring as linen!”
They started selling homewares but wanted to find other uses for the linen they had fallen in love with and being from a town that’s famous for its Irish linen heritage made it easy. With this “incredible resource” right at their doorstep, the Quinn siblings aim keep everything as local as possible. In fact, Sarah says that “everything is made literally 15 minutes from our house.”
The transition from homewares to aprons came from a passion for food, so they decided to make an apron. “We made aprons for one of our favorite coffee shops just for fun, and that’s how it all began,” says Sarah.
Once word started to spread about the aprons, other coffee shops and restaurants were asking for their own. The boom in interest led to more orders and Sarah says, “in no time at all we were an apron company.” Now Enrich & Endure has customers from all over the world, including Food Network Star and Blogger Molly Yeh.
The website describes the aprons as something “to protect you and inspire you, to be your identity and your blank canvas.” Sarah echoes this, adding “every time you put your apron on, you are choosing to get creative and so your apron should be both practical and comfortable but also beautiful and long lasting.”
“You create so many memories in an apron. Cooking up a feast for family and friends. Baking a cake for a special occasion. Teaching your kids or grandchildren to cook. Painting or creating a work of art that will be cherished forever. The list is endless. “
It seems the brand is aiming to add a bit of romanticism back into aprons as well as offering quality, handcrafted products that celebrate the versatility of linen. Each apron has an antique brass slider, chosen for its appealing look and durability, and a Linnet Bird logo, showing that the apron made it through strict quality control checks. Even their tea towels will add a pop of color into your kitchen, and a set of napkins spices up your dinner party with a variety of hues.
If you don’t know what apron to buy, start with one from Enrich & Endure. The color options are vibrant and can reflect any personality, while the structure and material is sturdy and long-lasting. It could be your first apron, and it might be your last. For an apron to get you excited to get in the kitchen, Enrich & Endure is the place to look.
Orange, Olive and Onion Salad recipe from Enrich & Endure