The artisan label, BATHKE, was established by artist and textile conservator Lynn Ellen Bathke in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Illinois, Lynn was born into a family of art and medicine. Her grandmother exposed her to classic needlework techniques and the aesthetic beauty of fine craftsmanship, while her father introduced her to the wonder of chemistry. These influences led her to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied painting and fiber arts, and subsequently to The Textile Conservation Center in the UK, where she earned her graduate degree in art conservation. During her studies in the UK, Lynn focused on the preservation of culturally historic costume and textiles. Having followed these paths, Lynn has developed an aesthetic which is at once scientific and free-form, while modernizing traditional techniques with historical consciousness.
Lynn's conservation projects have ranged from Taiwan’s beloved Formosa Republic Flag to some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes. She has adopted construction techniques from historic and contemporary designs alike and applies them to her own fabrication process.
Insuring a paradigm of sustainability is a core tenet of Lynn’s creative process. As an environmentally-conscious and community-minded brand, BATHKE is dedicated to producing all apparel locally while maintaining a fair-for-all merchandising method.