Forty years ago, my ex-husband, Marc Werner, and I started a boutique clothing shop in Westwood, CA specializing in handmade “kurtas.” Kurtas are the collarless shirts and wide leg pants with a drawstring, made in the classic Eastern Indian style. 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.
There was a parade of celebrities including George Harrison, the Monkees, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Buddy Rich and his band, along with other movie & music industry people coming in and out of the boutique wanting their exciting new, East Indian clothing as well as our huge handmade pillows.
But perhaps our biggest break occurred when a new band was seeking an Indonesian restaurant in the neighborhood. The band was one of the icons of the Psychedelic Movement, which like others in this genre, was about to gravitate towards the growing Consciousness Movement in America. Click here to find out more of this amazing band.