FOR RELEASE November 30, 2015, 12:00 AM (EST)
LOCAL APPAREL MANUFACTURER, HOUSE OF THE BROKEN DRAGON, LAUNCHES NEW KIMONO COLLECTION FOR THE RINGLING MUSEUM GIFT STORE IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA.
House of the Broken Dragon (HOTBD), an online boutique featuring couture kimonos, now offers their kimonos both online and in their first retail establishment.
HOTBD’s newest kimono line, entitled, “The Gold Series,” is available for sale at The Ringling Museum Store located in Sarasota, Florida. “The Gold Series” is an exclusive collection of high-quality, 100 percent cotton, “Asian-infused” fabrics with metallic gold threading woven throughout each garment. Each kimono is considered a fine piece of “wearable art.”
The Sarasota husband and wife team have been turning heads with their innovative line of handmade contemporary kimonos since 2012. Honoring the fine skill and craftsmanship of couture design; every garment is hand-sewn by local seamstresses. Each kimono features the company’s logo -- an embroidered gold metallic dragon.
The Ringling’s Education Center offers informal lectures to those with a passion for textiles. HOTBD presented to the group last July on Japanese textiles. Appropriately, it was the textile enthusiasts who were the first to be given the good news. “Some of you may remember the speakers we had from House of the Broken Dragon and their designs of modern kimono and haori. Examples of their beautiful clothing are now available in the Ringling’s museum store.”
The Ringling is the official state art museum for Florida and has been rated as the second best attraction in Florida by USA Travel Today in 2014.
The timely collaboration is a natural continuation of The Ringling’s focus to enhance their visitors’ experience with a new perspective on the art of Asia. The much anticipated opening of The Ringling’s Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art, is opening February, 2016.
Sarasota County tourism is setting records. Nearly one million visitors made their way to Sarasota County in 2014; up 5.2 percent from 2013, with an economic impact of $1.5 billion. Record attendance also took place during The Ringling’s fiscal year, enjoying 384,323 visitors; a 12 percent increase from 2012-2013.
For more information, please visit www.houseofthebrokendragon.com or see their luxury garments in person at The Ringling Museum Gift Store located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243.