A Heartfelt Tribute to Kara Lynn Larson

Kara Lynn Larson
Courtesy John Koenig

Especially among independent businesses, Portland is a tight knit community. So when we lose one of our creative comrades, we must take the time to pay homage and honor a truly exceptional individual.



Although Portland lost Kara Lynn Larson to cancer last week, her impact will continue to be widespread throughout the fashion community at large. Kara Lynn Larson was the owner of both  Tumbleweed and Grasshopper, two popular boutiques that catered respectively to women’s fashion and children’s items. Her young son was the inspiration behind her children’s store, a beautiful space filled with clothing, books and toys for little ones. As a native of Portland, Kara began her passion for the fashion business by first sewing inside of her sister’s garage. Starting out modestly, she began selling her hand-sewn dresses on a clothesline in her back yard and throughout neighboring cities in the region.

Kara had an eye for detail with her playful signature dresses. Using quirky fabrics and flattering lines, our consignment stores are quite familiar with her easy-to-wear styles. Even within our own consignment boutiques, we regularly received gently-loved to brand-new dresses. With the sweet Kara-Line label sewn delicately inside each of them, the cuts of each dress were made for a variety of body types in mind. We hope to continue seeing them pass through our doors, and we will be sure to give a loving nod to Kara each time that we do. In lieu of flowers, Larson’s family asks that donations be contributed to Wilshire Riverside Little League in her honor.

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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