Larkin Lane features authentic, handcrafted pieces steeped in centuries of tradition.
Lark Champion, founder of Larkin Lane, partners with true artisans from villages around the world. Marrying centuries-old craftsmanship with a chic modern aesthetic, Larkin Lane creates an exquisite product through an ethical practice.
At Larkin Lane, you will find sophisticated products made of authentic textiles from a variety of cultures. We do not simply mass produce printed fabrics copied from traditional design. Instead, each of our original pieces is constructed of ancient weaving and embroidery techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.
We respectfully collaborate with artists who are masters of their crafts, making only slight alterations in color, shape or finishing touches to better suit modern life. We endeavor to help sustain these beautiful traditions, opening new markets for these talented artisans and their extraordinary work.
Larkin Lane founder, Lark Varley Champion has spent her life ensconced in the rich world of global textile arts.
“I grew up traveling with my mom to different countries in search of art for her international folk art gallery, Galerie Bonheur,” Lark explains.
“When I was little, I would play with the artists’ children, getting to know them—whether we spoke the same language or not—and I would fall in love with their clothing.”
After her own children were born, Lark pursued interior design. Lark’s style as a designer was characterized by her selective use of Bohemian design elements. She would thoughtfully incorporate the distinctive textiles that she had always admired into her otherwise traditional or modern spaces.
“I was especially drawn to Otomi textiles from Mexico and ikat from Uzbekistan, so I started designing pillows,” she remembers. Lark first showed her multicultural pillows alongside her mother’s art collections, and eventually she launched Larkin Lane, expanding into clothing, handbags and other products.
She loves the process of mixing textiles from far-flung regions. “One thing that differentiates Larkin Lane is that we don’t just focus on one culture or region. I love bringing cultural elements together, like an ikat tablecloth from Uzbekistan with a Rwandan bowl, or I just love an ikat scarf paired with a beaded purse from Haiti. Designs from different ends of the globe, but they look fabulous together.”
Above all else, authenticity defines Larkin Lane. Lark explains. “To me that is most important. I always say that I believe in tradition within a family within a culture within a craft. You can find prints copied from global patterns almost anywhere, but that is not what we strive to do.
“Globally inspired prints may preserve a motif, but they do not preserve the textile tradition. And artisans do not benefit in any way from copies. Our prices may be higher, but we want to honor the artists and practice fair trade. What they do is worthwhile.”
Lark’s profound respect for the artists prevented her from altering original textiles early on. “In my travels, I was often drawn to the local people and their beautiful clothing. I would buy authentic pieces, but invariably, they would sit in my closet, where I would visit and admire them but never wear them, usually due to one element that just didn’t work for a modern lifestyle. As my relationships with the artisans deepened and their trust grew, I began to collaborate with them to mindfully interpret their extraordinary designs to fit modern life.”
Today Lark travels with her children, introducing them to the wonders of faraway lands just as her own mother once did with her. She is especially inspired by the grandmother-mother-daughter teams from villages around the world, who in many ways mirror her own—each weaving together the strands of culture, heritage and tradition to ultimately celebrate art, beauty and life.
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