Cheyenne ELLIS c/o ALYSSA PIZER MANAGEMENT photographed the latest looks for designer and model Kara Thoms. The New Zealand native and California resident draws inspiration from her travels as well as her childhood – her mother, born in Fiji, sewed her clothing and that of her daughters herself, a fashion crossover between American Vanity Fair magazines combined with traditional Fiji looks.
KARA THOMS : “WHEN I WAS FIVE, WE MOVED TO NEW ZEALAND, AND MY MOM CONTINUED THIS TRADITION OF SEWING MY ENTIRE WARDROBE UNTIL I FOUND IT NO LONGER “COOL” TO WEAR HER HANDMADE GARMENTS. HER PASSION FOR CREATING AND SEWING HER CHILDREN’S CLOTHES ULTIMATELY INSPIRED MY LOVE FOR VINTAGE FASHION, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND WELL TAILORED PIECES.
AT SEVENTEEN I LEFT NEW ZEALAND AND STARTED TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD AS A MODEL. WORKING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, I QUICKLY BECAME TIRED OF TRENDS AND WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CLOTHES THAT HAD A NOSTALGIC, OLD WORLD FEEL. THIS ULTIMATELY LED ME TO DESIGN A LINE THAT WAS METICULOUSLY TAILORED LIKE MY MOTHERS HEIRLOOM PIECES YET SUITED MY NEW CALIFORNIAN/HAWAIIAN LIFESTYLE.
KARA THOMS IS ETHICALLY PRODUCED BY A SMALL FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS, EVERYTHING IS MADE BY THE LOVING HANDS OF A SMALL GROUP OF IN-HOUSE TAILORS (NOT IN A FACTORY), WHO WERE HANDPICKED BY ME ON A TRIP TO BALI. WE MAKE SURE OUR WORKERS ARE HAPPY AND WELL ACCOMODATED. BALI HAS MANY CEREMONIAL HOLIDAYS SO OUR PRODUCTION TIMES CAN VARY BUT ARE USUALLY AROUND EIGHT WEEKS.
MY HOPE IS THAT YOU WILL WEAR THESE CLOTHES LIKE AN HEIRLOOM; KNOWING THAT OUR GARMENTS ARE MADE IN SMALL QUANTITIES BY SKILLED ARTISANS, WITH MY MOTHER’S LEGACY OF STYLE AND CRAFT STITCHED INTO EACH PIECE. MAY THEIR BEAUTY AND GRACE BLESS YOUR LIFE. MARAU (ENJOY!).”
GoSee : karathomsboutique.com