Trunk Show N’ Tell: Christina Kim at By George

Christina Kim knows the worth of each and every garment she designs, and it shows. Her aesthetic is centered on this: a deep sense of appreciation for that which is finite, largely due to her modest upbringing in Korea. When Christina moved to the U.S. and started her brand, Dosa, in 1984, her life mantra became her business model: less is more.

These days, Christina calls Los Angeles home. As for Austin? “Texans are the most friendly people you’ll ever meet,” She says. “It’s really nice to come to a place where you feel really welcomed.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Her recent trunk show, held on the 17th & 18th at By George, was Christina’s second in Austin. The designer also showcased jewelry designed in collaboration with Beth Orduna, home wares, and, of course, clothing. Her spring/summer ’14 collection hangs on the racks of By George on Lamar, and is generally inspired by travel and this season, the famed Joshua Trees of California.

And the jewelry? It’s inspired by the cosmos. “I love astronomy and I also love swimming and the ocean, and I spend a lot of time looking through telescopes,” She says. “I see similarities between this sort of microscopic world and mega-space; they’re both so magical. Beth and I loved that idea a lot and wanted to make a jewelry line that brought the two together.”

Christina believes in the value of creative collaboration, the sanctity of long-lasting friendship, and honoring her mother (Dosa just happens to be her nickname, and Christina’s favorite Indian food!). We think Texas suits her just fine.

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