Twenty years ago, French General began in a barn along the Hudson River in upstate New York. Open once a month, the barn was filled with all Kaari’s favorite things – old French linen sheets, 19th century floral textiles and ticking’s, French buttons, beads, and ribbon. Eventually the shop moved to New York City, and then to Los Angeles – where French General continued to grow into what it is now. It is a shop, a workshop offering classes on every manner of stitching, block printing and natural dyeing, and a design studio for Kaari and her husband, JZ. French General began designing fabric and quilt patterns for Moda in 2008 with their first collection, Rouenneries.
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