Jim and Akiko Austin. We own the company.
Akiko has been interested in textiles for more years than she cares to remember. It all started in 1999 when my mother presented her with an American quilt top. She had not seen such a textile before but
from that point onward, Akiko became fascinated with the stories behind historic American textiles. Over subsequent years, we made countless buying trips to the USA rigorously searching through dealer stalls at the large antique shows in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, for special quilts, feedsacks from the 1930s and much older fabrics. Akiko loved them all and was thrilled beyond my understanding every time she discovered a special textile. With the knowledge she gained from American textile collecting, she had a natural segue into the appreciation of her own country's historic folk textiles, especially indigo cottons and hemps.
As Akiko became an expert in American and Japanese textiles, I seemed to learn about Japanese folk textiles simply through close proximity to her. I have grown to admire all the captivating subtleties, complexities, and refined skills of early Japanese textile production; spinning, looming, dyeing, and design.