Fifty years ago, my husband at the time, Marc Werner, our friend, Vince Regalbuto, and I opened an East Indian boutique clothing shop in Westwood, CA specializing in handmade “kurtas.” The Indian kurta is a collarless, loose fitting shirt usually worn with loose fitting pants held up with a drawstring. We decided to make them because they were loose, comfortable clothes for meditation and fun to wear. Our kurtas were mostly created with bright paisley print colors. We came up with the name for the shop, ‘Designs Because of Sat Purush’ since we wanted it to have an East Indian name with spiritual overtones. Sat Purush means “Creator” or “Supreme Being” and since we believed (and I still do) in a higher power and were followers of an Eastern philosophy, we thought it was the perfect name for the shop. The mid 60’s were the beginning of a spiritual growth in our country and our shop seemed to be the center for the L.A. area. Designs Because Sat Purush was not just a place to buy cool clothes but a place for people to come together and share ideas and philosophies.