Specialty small businesses make Brookside and Waldo thrive as a unique residential and shopping district. Today’s blog post welcomes a newcomer located in the growing Brookside East area: Chanee Vijay Textiles Studio and Showroom moved into the former Golden and Pine space at 633 E 63rd St, suite 100 last month.
Owner Chanee Vijay, a Kansas native, started her career in corporate marketing. She always had a creative side that needed an outlet…so she started creating beautiful patterns on organically grown fabric with screen and block printing. She sold the hand printed textiles through her Etsy shop, and as the business grew, through her own website. When Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured her work and home in Charlotte, NC, the business really took off.
She moved back to KC from California, where her studio was in the garage. Chanee was thrilled to secure a larger studio space with a retail showroom here in Brookside. She explained: “Over the past ten years, my husband and I have moved five times, and I’ve never had enough space to display my designs. I love the creative energy and entrepreneurial culture I’ve found in Brookside East. Now I have the space to welcome clients and increase production for new wholesale clients”.
The organic hemp and linen fabrics are imported from Europe; then Chanee hand paints her designs in micro batches using water-based, solvent-free inks. Her mom, Phyllis, sews the pillows, throws, tote bags, pouches, aprons, napkins and tablecloths displayed in the store. The hand-mixed colors are muted earth tones with all designs uniquely hers. Every piece is designed for longevity and is machine washable! Chanee can customize the pillow designs by color, size and ground cloth type. Prices range from $40-$175, with designer trade discounts available.
Because all of the products are created in this working studio, the showroom is only open to the public on Thursdays from 10-5 and by appointment (via the website,). Hopefully the showroom hours will expand next year.
Unique accessories can ‘make’ the room decor–if you are looking for some fresh textiles to warm up your space (or need a handmade, one of a kind gift!) stop in and see what’s on display at Chaney’s shop. You can also see her work via her instagram account @chaneevijay.