25 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE
Between 1984 and 1989, Paula Lishman's knits began
to gain in popularity. Paula moved the business out
of her basement studio and into a converted historic
schoolhouse in the small Ontario, Canada Village of
Blackstock. She then hired local women to assist with
During these years Lishman's techniques evolved substantially,
and the company began using knitting machines to weave
the fur. Paula's designs underwent a similar metamorphosis
as well: she came up with many classic styles that
are still ordered today.
1 & 2 - Niagara Falls is an internationally
recognized, Canadian natural wonder, and was used as
a backdrop to highlight the beauty of Lishman knit fur
3 & 4 - The Autumn 1989 catalogue
shoot featured vibrant colour blends and a sporty active
image. Paula's daughter Carmen is wearing a multi-coloured
5 - Furscapes and Autohenge - Lishman's
unique knitting technique allows for multi-dimensional
texturing and colour blending, as featured in the Furscapes
Collection from 1988. Bill Lishman's Autohenge
is in the background, adding to the drama of these pieces.
6 - 1985 - Love those shoulder pads!
Truly chic 80s styles from our 1985 catalogue.
7 - Native artist David Johnson of
Curve Lake, Ontario provided the backdrop for the 1987
catalogue. Pictured are some great beaver pieces trimmed
with chinchilla and fox.