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There are so many beautiful Mother’s Day finds at Asiatica. The selection is vast, so we’re sharing some of our favorites for all mothers out there, or for your own wish list!
Our Lantern Dress in Dip-Dyed Indigo makes for original summer dressing and is easy and comfortable. | With a beautiful organic sea shell form, this bronze pendant randomly dotted with delicate CZs by Julie Cohn is a chic choice. | Japanese Porcelain Bowls have a fun, modern look with hand painted indigo dots.
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.
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!"
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.
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: