While we were in Kansas City, I made a pilgrimage to one of my favorite shops, Asiatica. I say pilgrimage, because it really is like visiting a shrine to gorgeous clothing, unique and lovely jewelry and other accessories, and other products, like small dishes, that reflect the exquisite taste of the owners, Elizabeth Wilson and Katherine Kaufman.
It is located on a rather nondescript street in an inner suburb of Kansas City called Westwood. Westwood’s other claim to fame is that some of its neighborhoods are on the National Register of Historic Places because of their charming architecture. After our
visit pilgrimage to Asiatica, we walked around that charming neighborhood.
The street has no other shops on it and you need to be buzzed into Asiatica to enter — clearly they do not intend it to be for the strolling shopper. But, I was not deterred and was buzzed in to be met first by Katherine Kaufman and then later by Elizabeth Wilson.
Both are charming and interesting women — beautifully dressed (surprised?) and very friendly. Elizabeth and I spent almost 30 minutes talking about her business, its history, the challenges of selling almost all the clothing through trunk shows which mean traveling often between cities, clothing and accessories in tow. She also showed me the “back room” which houses the amazing collection of antique kimono fabric and other pieces from Japan which are used to make the one-of-a-kind jackets and coats.
The jewelery is in the category of “to die for”. Usually big and bold to match the general “look” of the Asiatica clothes. They carry a brand, Monies, from Denmark that is just amazing.
Of course, the clothing and the jewelry are expensive. They ought to be. But I was able to find a lovely (and affordable) scarf, not too dissimilar to the one below. And the small ceramics were definitely in the affordable category.
Take a look at some gorgeous things! And to see them in person, look at the Asiatica website for a trunk show near you.