Q&A with Kate McConnell

Q&A with Kate McConnell

TODAY OUR CHAT WITH ASIATICA’S DESIGN AND PRODUCTION GURU KATE MCCONNELL SEEMS FITTING AS WE’VE BEEN REFLECTING LATELY ON OUR UNIQUE DIFFERENCES AS A SMALL CLOTHING ATELIER. HERE, KATE PUTS INTO PERSPECTIVE HOW IT ALL GOES DOWN AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE SHE PLAYS AT ASIATICA.

Q. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE COMPANY?

KATE: I joined Asiatica in 1996. It is the perfect fit for me. I use my knowledge of fabrics, how they are made, textile history and clothing construction daily. I received my BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas where I was first exposed to Japanese design and fabric history. 

ASIATICA — 40 Years and Counting

ASIATICA — 40 Years and Counting

This story began in 1977 with an antique shop on Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

ASIATICA (A-si-at-ic-a), the word.

In 1977 while preparing our store at 206 Westport Road, we chose a Palatino Italic typeface that had very nice “a” letters. I decided to have our 30-foot long black awning lettered with our name. A lady walked by the still-empty store as I was sweeping the sidewalk and asked what kind of store was coming. I asked her what she thought it might be, given the name spread across the awning. She replied, “I don’t know, but I’m sure it has something to do with Antarctica!"

Hunting for Used Kimonos in Japan — published in Impressions

Hunting for Used Kimonos in Japan — published in Impressions

Elizabeth Fulder Wilson is the owner of Asiatica, a gallery and clothing design business in Westwood, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri (fig. 1). Since 1977, in partnership with the collector Fifi White, who retired in 2001, she has been designing and selling clothing of vintage Japanese textiles and artisanal contemporary fabrics from Japan. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece and made in-house in Kansas City. Today, her store has a staff of ten and a vast archive of twentieth century Japanese textile fragments, principally intact and dismembered kimonos. She has been hunting for unique fabrics in Japan for forty years. We are grateful that between international buying trips and trunk shows throughout America, Wilson shares with Impressions her insider knowledge of a fascinating, little-known and important aspect of the Japanese art world.

Beach Bag Instagram Giveaway

Beach Bag Instagram Giveaway

#AsiaticaGiveaway!

We’re giving away a gorgeous Asiatica Beach Bag. Why? Our Winter Sale begins next week and we’re clearing space for SPRING! This big, roomy bag holds everything. Perfect for toting to the beach or office. It’s artisanally made with Indigo canvas and vintage Japanese cotton accents. The bag has inside pockets and leather handles by KC CO. It’s a one-of-a-kind find; a $395 value. One lucky winner will be announced next week. It’s easy to enter, here’s how:

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Dear Friends,

This year it's hard to believe we're celebrating our 39th holiday season, just on the eve of our 40-Year Anniversary. The remarkable durability of our unique business is due to you — our devoted customers and fans, and I want to thank you for your loyalty and support. I could never have imagined that following our own path in the difficult business world would find the resonance that it has over this long time.

As usual, we're sending you a series of holiday emails which will begin this Friday. This past summer on our trip to Japan we found incredible inspiration at every turn and snapped away, so this year we hope you'll share that inspiration with us with the images we're sending and we hope they'll tempt you to purchase something for your friends, family or yourself.