In 1980, Ken & June Bridgewater opened an art gallery in Boston selling British decorative arts which also included wearable arts. One of the wearable artists they represented was Kaffe Fassett who was virtually unknown in the 1980’, and they were selling his one-of-a-kind sweaters and coats.
In 1985 in collaboration with Rowan, Kaffe published his first book of knitting patterns, entitled Glorious Knits. The designs included Rowan yarns, and Kaffe stressed the need for a distributor in the USA for these yarns to support the book, and the introduction was made between Ken Bridgewater and the Rowan team. Westminster Fibers became the Rowan Yarns agent and attended their first wholesale trade show with these yarns in New York, 1986.
Kaffe traveled to India in 1996 to help develop a range of export fabrics to be produced on hand looms by weavers living in a remote village. As a result, a range of striped fabrics was produced, and Westminster Fibers purchased these woven fabrics for distribution in the USA.
Since Kaffe’ needlepoint and yarn designs were influenced by old quilt designs, Liza Lucy encouraged Kaffe to design quilting fabrics. With the release of Kaffe’ Glorious Patchwork book in 1997, Westminster Fibers was then placed in the printed fabrics market in addition to the Indian wovens.
Licensed fabric artists currently include Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Martha Negley, Carla Miller, and Philip Jacobs.
Westminster Fibers, Inc.
3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 301
Charlotte, NC 28277