Especially among independent businesses, Portland is a tight knit community. So when we lose one of our creative comrades, we must take the time to pay homage and honor a truly exceptional individual.
Although Portland lost Kara Lynn Larson to cancer last week, her impact will continue to be widespread throughout the fashion community at large. Kara Lynn Larson was the owner of both Tumbleweed and Grasshopper, two popular boutiques that catered respectively to women’s fashion and children’s items. Her young son was the inspiration behind her children’s store, a beautiful space filled with clothing, books and toys for little ones. As a native of Portland, Kara began her passion for the fashion business by first sewing inside of her sister’s garage. Starting out modestly, she began selling her hand-sewn dresses on a clothesline in her back yard and throughout neighboring cities in the region.
Kara had an eye for detail with her playful signature dresses. Using quirky fabrics and flattering lines, our consignment stores are quite familiar with her easy-to-wear styles. Even within our own consignment boutiques, we regularly received gently-loved to brand-new dresses. With the sweet Kara-Line label sewn delicately inside each of them, the cuts of each dress were made for a variety of body types in mind. We hope to continue seeing them pass through our doors, and we will be sure to give a loving nod to Kara each time that we do. In lieu of flowers, Larson’s family asks that donations be contributed to Wilshire Riverside Little League in her honor.