KLA Originals first established a retail store in 2002. At the time we were located
in a quaint turn of the century building situated within the historic town of
Dawson City, Yukon a place well known as the heart of Canada's famous Klondike Gold
Rush. Today Dawson City is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations
within northern Canada. The town is considered a national historic site and much
effort has been expended in restoring it to its original splendor.
Our main business was in the design and creation of authentic turn of the
century costumes to accommodate the dress requirements of the many local businesses
that required their staff to dress in period costume. It was at this time that we
developed our line of Gibson Girl and Victorian corsets that have become highly
sought after across Canada along with our tiered skirts and coats made with
authentic Hudson Bay Company blankets.
In 2009 with our business expanding we decided to relocate to beautiful
Kamloops, British Columbia and started producing our first styles of sweater
jackets. We marketed a few designes at local Art shows & Music Festivals and the
results were overwhelmingly positive. In February of 2013 we won an award from The
Kamloops Arts Council with one of our original Sweater Jackets. KLA now boasts over
six different sweater jackets designs with more styles in the works adding to our
wide range of fashionable products.
Kirsten Lia Atkins
Kirsten Lia Atkins is not just a professional seamstress but an incredibly talented and imaginative designer. It’s easy
to see why, her grandfather was a Master Tailor and she quickly picked up the interest at the age of six.
Shortly after high school Kirsten opened a sewing business. after that she started her own label of KLA Originals.
Kirsten’s first love is costuming and that led her to making and renting costumes for 20 years. Prior to settling in
Kamloops Kirsten spent 8 years living in the Klondike studying the clothing styles of the late 1800’s and working with
numerous theater companies and organizations such as Parks Canada and the Klondike Visitors Association in the reconstructions of period costume.
With this experience today she has designed many different beautiful body shaping corsets and her love of colour
has led her to the design and production of many different styles of award winning up cycled sweater jackets and
Kirsten currently attends many Art and Music Festivals in the summertime. Watch for a scedule and see more of her
work on her Facebook page: KLA Originals