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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009
STYLE Michele Steeves, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-526-3272
Bali A clothing line
with a conscience
It all started with a promise Zoe Zimmer-
man made after terrorist bombings in Bali,
where she was vacationing in 2002.
“I saw how quickly the immediate with-
drawal of tourism affected the locals,” said
Zimmerman, a local designer. “I made a
promise to them and myself to try to help
and to promote the island as much as I
She hired sewers and dyers in Bali and
launched Kataya, a clothing line she sells in
stores across North America. She does not
use child labour and pays her workers a liv-
Orders started to dwindle with the reces-
sion so Zimmerman opened a store on
Locke Street selling clothing, accessories
and furniture, all made in Indonesia.
Her statement-making pieces include
kimono jackets, skirts, totes and jewellery.
Clothing comes in a palette of soft grey,
berry and blue. Fabrics are cotton and silk
with batik and ikat designs.
“I am very influenced by Asian design,”
says the 38-year-old. “I love taking some-
thing traditional and bringing it into the
Wool-blend pin- Zimmerman says Japanese design can be
striped kimono- modest yet architectural, so she created the
style jacket, $179, kimono-style jacket in a modern pinstripe.
is worn with wool “I find asymmetry interesting and am
trousers, $92, drawn to styles that wrap and drape — de-
leather belt, $59, signs that are comfortable to wear, stylish
and feminine without being to girlie or re-
silver earrings, $79, Cotton skirt, $78, is vealing.”
and silver ring, $89. worn with wool Other designs include waterfall cardi-
blend turtleneck, gans, wood bead necklaces, leather sash
$69, silver necklace, belts, harem pants, yoga wear and pyjamas.
$89, silver earrings, All clothing is available in sizes 4 to 16.
$59, and leather Saskia Bischoff, formerly with Gap and
belt, $59. Banana Republic, styled the boutique and
manages the store. The two were classmates
at Glendale Secondary School in 1988.
Zimmerman says the Bali-inspired decor
exudes a feel for where the goods are made.
Cotton dress with drawstring sleeves and hem, “I’ve always wanted to open a store in the
$68, is worn with rayon and Lycra tank with silk area and the response (has been) amazing.”
trim, $35, knit scarf, $44, and silver ring, $98.
Lisa Hannam reports on fashion
for The Hamilton Spectator.
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