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  • Kati Koos

    At kati koos it's all about STYLE.... and all about YOU!!!! kati and siga work with designers and artists who create the unique, the unusual, the whimsical and the fancy. Their clothing and accessories come from the United States and Europe and Israel, manufactured where they are created!!! Some designers and artists live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Siga Bari

    Siga is from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, his name is pronounced "singa baree". kati and siga have been working together on kati koos for over twenty years. He is often the one to push the envelope on forward fashion. Siga has starting up a business of his own in the same 500 Sutter building on the second floor. He can presently be reached at
    415-362-3437.

    I am sitting here in my garden writing this newsletter, thinking that it is definitely getting a bit chilly..... That must mean that spring and summer are just around the corner and our warm weather is over. Yup, that's it here in San Francisco..... summery weather in January, February and March, and then comes the cool and the fog and the gloom. I love it!!!!

    I love that we have lots of pretty new spring things for you too. I have new things from Krista Larson and Tina Givens and Elm Design, and later this week there will be some nice new pieces coming from Magnolia Pearl. I also have new Jewelry from Sarah Cavender and am expecting new flowers from Irina any minute.....

    Siga was going to have new things too..... he has a cool new line coming in from Europe. We thought we would have it by Friday, but it is coming from Florida and not from Los Angeles. So.... he is just letting his new dog Rover say "hello" for him. Rover is a faithful companion and happy to go wherever you do.... he is made of twisted-up newspaper. He is expecting a buddy sometime soon. The trunks he is sitting on can hold his toys or other treasures.....

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    The store is looking bright and cheerful with pretty new prints from Tina Givens (exclusive patterns that she designs herself!!!), lovely light linens, and fun new things to layer or not from Krista Larson....



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    The strawberry print from Tina Givens is in the fore-ground of the store.... with the whimsical Julie Arkell pink paper shoes. This is the sunny yellow print. The cotton is so soft that you never want to take it off, and I love the addition of the linen ruffle that peeks out the bottom..... sort of like an underlayer. The Frozen Charlotte is wearing a sunny yellow skirt!



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    And this is how my friend Phoebe would be wearing it.... she is the ultimate print mixer.... with a Krista Larson cream Single Layer Stretch Tulle Tee and a honey Asian print silk Antoinette Cami. FUN to have a lot of pieces to play with!!!!!!!

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    Tina's simple little linen dress.... dressed up with a mango cotton hand-embroidered scarf from Krista Larson and an embroidered mesh dot Long Underpinning Slip.

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    This outfit is a stunner!!! The ruffled linen Tina Givens slip dress has subtle shades of creams and naturals along the hem and looks perfect layered with a paler-than-pale sheer rose silk ruffled camisole and creamy white ruffled jacket from Magnolia Pearl. So many ruffles look just so girlie......

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    With 20,000 (NOT a typo!!!!) different possibilities of pretties to order from Krista Larson, it is fun to come back with new styles and fabrics to add to the collection.....

    Positively dotty.....the cream Polka Dot Single Layer Stretch Tulle Tee layers under the embroidered polka dot mesh Cyclone Cami and the striped cotton broadcloth Nikki Skirt. I love to layer necklaces, especially ones that are totally different from one another....a short necklace of interlocking circles with stones, layers of tiny knotted beads, and a frozen Charlotte pendant.

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    ....and those necklaces also look pretty wonderful with the creamy confection of a sequined silk taffeta Umbrella Jacket over the frothy silk organza Parachute Slip and the embroidered mesh dot Long Underpinning Slip....

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    That dotty Long Underpinning Slip is perfect as the first layer of so many things.... like the mum printed cotton broadcloth Powder Puff Dress.... crisp cotton with a subtle gold floral print....

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    I love how Krista has added some sparkle and shine to this collection!!!! One of my personal favorite fabrics is the graphic square silk....tiny shimmery silver squares printed on crisp creamy silk. Simple and elegant here as a Billowy Dress that just flows.... with a multi-strand antique silver tiny bead necklace....

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    Here is the mum printed cotton broadcloth as our ever-so-popular Lotus Shirt.... playfully paired with cream linen Play Dough Pants.

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    .... and MY graphic square silk Billowy Shirt is pretty wonderful layered with a cream/black stripe silk taffeta Staccato Slip and cream linen Play Dough Pants. I usually just show it simple with pants, but with all of its different angles, it is pretty much fun to layer it over a dress or slip too....

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    .... and the tiny silver squares make for a very pretty Umbrella Slip.... over the same linen Play Dough Pants and a cream Single Layer Stretch Tulle Tee and tiny beaded rope necklaces....

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    .... and a dramatic Kite Shirt over black striped silk taffeta Origami Pants.... the cream silk accents the tiny cream stripe in the pants....

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    I think it's great to see how we can take some of the same Krista pieces and use them in so many ways!!!! Almost any piece can be as dressy or as casual as we want depending on how we choose to wear them....

    HINT: I do not have a room full of Play Dough Pants or Long Underpinning Slips.... I have a wide variety of different pieces to choose. It is just great to be able to show you possibilities.

    Here the Play Dough Pants are the bottom layer under a cream cotton lace (runs on the smallish side!) Short Wavy Slip, Single Layer Stretch Tulle Tee and the Lily Cami with it's dramatically asymmetric collar.....

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    .... I am beginning to wish that I did have a whole bunch of Play Dough Pants....

    The mango ribbon taffeta Billowy Shirt and oversized silk stripe scarf sure do look good with it!

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    ....and lastly in the cream section.... the cream cotton with honey embroidered polka dots makes into a sophisticated Smashed Cami.... here layered with a pebble stripe taffeta Pinwheel Cami and striped cotton broadcloth Nikki Skirt....

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    I have been selling Sarah Cavender's metal work for probably half of the thirty years that she has been making it!!!!

    Bare summer arms are going to look so good (short sleeves work....) with the wide mesh wrap bracelet!!!!

    The cherry blossom cuff has been tried on MANY times by yours truly because I cannot believe how beautifully it fits!!!... never mind how pretty it is....

    Each piece is hand made in her Alabama studio....

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    I have long since come in from the cold.... It is bright and sunny and CHILLY out there....

    I saw these wonderful cherry blossoms in Sarah's booth and just had to have them!!!! She made these two necklaces just for us just the way I wanted them, so they really are something special....

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    Sarah's folded leaf necklace just happens to be the perfect match for Krista's embroidered polka dot cotton Smashed Cami that I have now teamed with a cream tee and dark honey cotton broadcloth Spring Pants (I think they are the inspiration for the Play Dough Pants, just maybe????)

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    I just LOVE this.... the same cami all fluffed up with a burn-out Cyclone Cami, cotton broadcloth Play Dough Slip (no longer in the collection, but I am happy to buy several..... and may go back for more!!!!) AND cotton broadcloth Spring Pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    .... and now the cotton broadcloth Umbrella Jacket stands in for the cami.... and I have added a rugged horn and wood ring necklace.... See????....... FUN.......!!!!

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    So.... we can do something simple.... The silk taffeta Kite Shirt with the cotton/silk satin Underpinning Slip and the long wood and horn rope....

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    ....or we can do something fancy.... The same cotton/silk Underpinning Slip, but this time layered with a cotton lace Short Wavy Slip and a mum printed cotton broadcloth Antoinette Cami (with a French ribbon flower to keep it from being too plain....)

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    We can take the same gorgeous plaid taffeta Umbrella Slip and....

    Layer it over honey cross-weave linen Stormy Pants and then add a cream Single Layer Stretch Tulle Tee and the honey Asian printed silk Petticoat Cami and a folded leaf necklace from Sarah Cavender....

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    OR....

    We can layer it with a pea soup cotton Roxy Skirt with layers of organza and tulle at the bottom, and finish it off with a mango Chinese printed silk Umbrella Jacket!!!!

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    I can do simple and elegant too....

    The cream taffeta Lily Cami with the dark honey taffeta Origami Pants and a French silk flower....

    Didn't know I could do it, did you????

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    or....

    The honey cotton broadcloth Pocket-Full-of-Posies Slip (a piece to LIVE IN) over a burn-out Petticoat Skirt with a big mango hand-embroidered cotton scarf....

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    I am using the honey/black striped cotton jersey Staccato Slip to show off my new piece of Elm Design.... a jersey top of open squares that can be worn with anything from this to a bathing suit all through the season.... I will show it on my Facebook page this week with some amusing alternatives....

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    and.....

    I have some new white cotton shirts....

    The Long Parlor Shirt

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    The Heidi Shirt with nice big pockets!

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    The last of the Frou-frou Shirts....

    This one shown under a Magnolia Pearl vest.

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    and lastly....

    but before lastly....as my friend Wendy says...."Don't dilly-dally!" If you want it CALL ME (415-362-3437) or e-mail me. I am happy to send things on approval, but you MUST get back to me as soon as you receive your box to let me know what you are keeping. Sometimes I have a waiting list for things.....

    So, now lastly....

    I think I am going to try to get more of these fabulous Play Dough Slips. I adore them and so do many of you. This one is especially pretty.... striped silk taffeta with cream Play Dough Pants and a cream tee. The layered necklaces aren't so bad either!

    Our stores are all ready for spring, so come visit Siga and me!!!! I have my hand-made lollipops back in stock.... and cold water for the hot days. Siga is in the cool half of the building, so he has chocolates!!!! (He also has beer and other goodies in his fridge.... but I didn't tell you!)

    Love and big hug for all of you! You get it in person if you come....

    kati

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