Obituary: Kristine Garrett, URU Designer


Kristine Garrett

Kristine Garrett, who founded URU clothing nearly 40 years ago with her husband, Ken Brown, died on June 2 of cancer. She was 69.

Garrett, who made her home in Escondido, Calif., was a consistent exhibitor at the Womenswear in Nevada trade show, held twice a year in Las Vegas. Until recently, the clothing company had a showroom in the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

With an endless passion for exotic fabrics and vibrant color, Garrett was an acclaimed color artist who created contemporary silk clothing worn by women who like a certain bohemian style. The line is garment dyed and manufactured in URU’s Escondido factory.

For more than 30 years, retailers such as Susanna in Cambridge, Mass., and Liberty House in New York have sold the collection to a customer base that loved Garrett’s colors and designs.

Garrett grew up in Garden Grove, Calif. She was a world traveler who met her husband in India, where they started their life’s journey together.

Garrett is survived by her husband, Ken, and three brothers: David Garrett, Philip Garrett and Peter Garrett.