1945 - 2021

It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved founder, Andrea Lee Aranow.

Andrea lived a rich life, influencing and inspiring people all over the world with her intellect, curiosity, creativity, and passion for fashion, textiles, design, and travel. She was many things to many people. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a friend. She was a mentor, a muse, a fashion designer, a textile researcher and collector, a businesswoman, and a barrier breaker.

Andrea’s legacy will be carried forward by all of those who she inspired and we deeply appreciate the outpouring of support, remembrances, and tributes for Andrea that we’ve received.

At this moment, we would like to celebrate Andrea’s rich life, achievements, adventures, and honor her incredible legacy.

As a tribute to Andrea, we’ve launched the virtual exhibit celebrating her life in full vibrancy and pattern. This virtual exhibit is a personal exploration of how we mourn, honor, carry forward memories and traditions from those we’ve lost, and make space for new ones.⁠

The Collection

Founded in New York City in 1987 as an inspiration resource, the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection has been used by textile and surface designers of the most exacting standards.

“The scope of the material in the textile design archive reflects my various curiosities over the decades. I rarely passed up an opportunity for a new technique or a handmade piece of unknown origin. What had began as a personal study collection became so much more. It was a great pleasure working directly with so many designers over the years, but I am most pleased that the new iteration will allow my textiles to be further utilized in weaving the future.”

Andrea Aranow
The collection’s diverse perspective helps designers garner inspiration from unique cultural and historical sources worldwide with over 40,000 textiles spanning 50 countries. Over the years noted clients included Ralph Lauren, Vuitton, Marni, Dries van Noten, Abercrombie & Fitch and UNIQLO. The collection has provided design inspiration to apparel, footwear, wallpaper, upholstery, and stationery industries.
The breadth and depth of the textile designs in the collection are exceptional, showcasing aesthetic styles such as mid-century modern, art-deco, toile de Jouy, and tropicals. For whimsical prints members can peruse French nautical themes, Japanese waves, and 1950s Americana assemblages. Vivid color inspiration found in original 1970’s artwork from New York or appliques from Panama and African strip weaving is bound to capitvate.
Handcrafted highlights from the collection include block-printed linens from England and stenciled kimono silks. The woven selection offers every surface from Japanese crepes to French tissue picks, voided velvets, and jacquards. The needlework section includes French curtains, Victorian laces, and detailed eyelets for simple elegance.
In 2009 Caleb Sayan moved the collection to Portland, Oregon and began the project to digitize the contents of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection so that it might be utilized by a wider and more diverse audience.

“Combining the extraordinary physical design archive with its innovative digital counterpart we strive to inspire the makers of tomorrow. ”

Caleb Sayan