For the Love of Fabric

Krista Larson's apparel combines modern fabrics and vintage details



Krista Larson’s online shop offers 125 patterns of clothing, including shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, slips and even bloomers in more than 45 different fabrics.

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Krista Larson’s dress designs are a beautiful collage of varying fabrics in unstructured layers — just a hint of waistline here, the beautiful drape of an under-layer there. She is inspired first by the fabric, and then the sketches and design follow. Garments are designed with a “one size fits most” label. “There’s such a stigma associated with sizing for women,” says Larson. “I wanted something that didn’t make you feel bad just based on the number on the label.”

The look celebrates the richness of a meld of intriguing prints and soft, flowing textures. Larson uses vintage buttons and trims for details that are not easily reproduced. Before shipping, the garments are washed to create facets of wrinkles, a signature of her work. Her spring and summer designs are comfortable and cool, while her fall and winter garments are available in light to heavy weights to be adaptable in warm or cold climates.

Machine-loomed sweaters complement many of the garments and add another texture with the use of cotton, wool and fibers spun from camels and alpacas. A few use a unique hand-forged sterling silver safety pin as a closure.

Larson graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in fashion merchandising and design. She now lives and works in Brentwood, producing her lines that have been worn on runways in New York and California. Find her garments (including shirts, dresses, slips and coats) online and at Statement Boutique in Manchester and The Muse’s Window in Concord.

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