While it may be kind of hard to believe, it’s spring. It’s time to maybe put away heavy winter clothing and opt for something bright and cheery. If you are young enough and small enough, you may want to represent Milwaukee Style by sporting a Florence Eiseman. Since 1945 Florence Eiseman, a Milwaukee based children’s apparel company, has been helping infants and toddlers put their tiny fashion feet forward.
Teri Shapiro Larson is VP and head of the Design Unit and responsible for keeping the Eiseman vision and quality intact. When President and Michelle Obama sent garments to the children of dignitaries, friends, and families it’s the cross stitching of Larson that personalizes the gift.
In this archival edition of Radio Chipstone, Larson and contributor gianofer fields discuss the Eiseman vision and the driving force behind her designs.
Image: courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art on Facebook.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Teri Shapiro Larson is VP and head of the Design Unit for Florence Eiseman, a children’s apparel company in Milwaukee.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.